Mount Trumbull Wilderness
Mount Trumbull Wilderness stretches 7,880-acres and lies just north of the Grand Canyon. Major John Wesley Powell found this area during his expedition of the Arizona Strip. He named it after U.S. Senator Lyman Trumbull in 1872. The wilderness is at the southern end of the Uinkaret Plateau and is part of the Uinkaret Mountains. Mount Trumbull is a large, extinct volcano reaching 8,000 feet. Its slopes are covered with pinyon pine and juniper trees. There are also groves of scrub oak and quaking aspen. The summit has ponderosa pine.
In 1870 (near the trailhead at Mount Trumbull, Mormons built a steam-powered sawmill. The sawmill was needed to supply lumber for the construction of the temple in St. George, Utah. The water from nearby Nixon Spring helped the sawmill operate. Today an interpretive sign marks the spot.
Mount Trumbull is a great spot to hike, photograph and watch the wildlife. The Mount Trumbull Trail is five miles round trip. Hiking is best done during the spring and early fall season. The hike is rated easy to moderate, until you reach the summit area where it becomes difficult. There are mule deer, wild turkey and the Kaibab squirrel roaming the area.
There is historical schoolhouse just eight miles to the west of the wilderness area. Mount Trumbull Schoolhouse was built in 1922 and has received continued use until 1966. Today it has been restored and is open to the public. The schoolhouse has functioned as a school, church, dance hall and a town meeting place. People traveled from miles around to go to school here.
It is suggested that if you are heading to either Mount Trumbull Wilderness or Mount Trumbull Schoolhouse that you call ahead for exact directions and more information at 435-688-3200. It is also advisable that you get a map showing the wilderness area in detail along with the roads. The roads out to the wilderness are dirt and are difficult to travel depending on the weather conditions.
Mount Trumbull Wilderness is located 55 miles southwest of Fredonia. If you are coming from Fredonia take Arizona State Road 389 west out of town for eight miles, until you come to Torroweap Road (County 109). Torroweap Road is a dirt road. Follow Torroweap Road southwest for about 46 miles to a major fork in the road. You will take the right branch of the road and head west for approximately 6 miles to Mount Trumbull Wilderness Area at the Nixon Ranger Station.
If you are coming from Tucson or Phoenix take Interstate 17 north out of town until you get to Flagstaff. Once you are in Flagstaff take U.S. 89 north out of town. Continue on 89 until you get to the small town of Bitter Springs. Here you will take 89A north up past the Navajo Bridge and through the Kaibab Forest and on into Fredonia. Then follow the above stated directions from Fredonia to the Wilderness.
Mount Trumbull Wilderness Area is a seclude spot that is delightful to visit. However, you will want to come prepared because services are not available for miles.