Kendrick Mountain Wilderness is located on the eastern edge of the Williams Ranger District, straddling a boundary with the Coconino National Forest. Ranging from just over 7,000 feet to 10,418 feet, The Kendrick Mountain Wilderness covers the slopes of northern Arizona's second-highest peak. The vast majority of this alpine area is forested, ranging from stands of ponderosa pine mixed with Gambel Oak at lower altitudes, to alpine spruce and fir near the summit. Much of the steeper parts of Kendrick contain old growth forest that contributes valuable habitat for the Mexican spotted owl, bear, and Northern goshawk. Wildflower covered meadows break the tree cover at a number of places, providing forage for mule deer and elk as well as viewpoints and lunch spots for forest visitors.
Kendrick Mountain is one of many remnants of the vast San Francisco Mountain volcanic field that stretches from near Seligman on the west and east beyond Flagstaff to Canyon Diablo.
Three hiking trails offer access to the wilderness. They form a convenient network making a number of loop hikes possible. All of these trails offer fantastic views of canyon lands on the north, striking panoramic views of the volcanic field, and to the south, the distant red rock of the Oak Creek/Sycamore Canyon country.
Travel Time: About 1 hour
Road Conditions: Most of the route is on paved or gravel roads suitable for passenger vehicles. The last mile is unsurfaced and can be impassable when wet.
Access: From WIlliams, drive east on I-40 to the Parks exit. Drive north from the highway then west to Parks and turn north again on FR 141. Follow Forest Roads FR 141, FR 194, and FR 171 to Kendrick Mountain