The Pumpkin Trail offers the visitor a long hike from a valley of pine and junipers up through mountain meadows and forests of mixed conifer, aspen and fir to the summit of Kendrick Peak. All of the hike is within the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness. The upper three quarters of it follow the alignment of an old sheepherder route used up to 40 years ago. The remains of an old sheepherder's cabin still stands alongside the trail about 1/4 mile below the lookout tower. Note that there are no reliable springs along the trail and no water at the top of the mountain.
Trail Layout: Initially, this trail follows an old road then rises along a steep canyon. After passing through a gate, the trail ascends a ridge, gradually turning southeast. From here to the top of Kendrick Mountain, the trail follows a ridge through meadows, aspen and conifer stands. Rock cairns often show the way. All of the trail is within the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness. It is possible to link up with the Bull Basin Trail via the Connector Trail for an 11 mile hike.
Length: 5.5 miles one-way
Hiking Time: About 5 to 6 hours round trip.
Trailhead Location: Trailhead at 7260 feet. Trail starts at the parking area off Forest Road 154.
Recommended Season: Late spring to early fall.
Use Restrictions: No motorized or mechanized vehicles (e.g., mountain bikes). Hiking and horseback riding only.
Access: From Williams, take I-40 east to the Parks Exit (#178). Turn left across the overpass, left again at the "T" intersection, and then turn right at the Parks store onto FR 141. Continue north on FR 141 for about 11 miles; continue onto FR 144 and go about 2.5 miles to FR 171. Turn right onto FR 171; go 2.8 miles to the right-angle curve in the road, then turn left onto FR 149 just south of the curve, and continue for about one mile to the parking area at the trailhead.
Travel Time: About 1 hour from Williams to the Trailhead.
Road Condition: Paved road, all-weather gravelled road, and a few miles of unsurfaced road that is suitable for sedans only when the weather is dry.
USGS Map(s): Moritz Ridge-Kendrick. (A Forest Map may also be useful; they can be purchased at the Visitors Center.)