Always on the search for new trails I can run...
Recently, I have been wanting to do some more sections of the Arizona Trail to mix things up. The sections that are interesting to me right now are the ones just south of Flagstaff. In fact, the section between Marshall Lake and Horse Lake Trailhead looked the best for a good long run that would still be somewhat close to Flagstaff. That section of the AZ Trail is on the edge of Anderson Mesa and traverses upper Lake Mary, finishing just short of Mormon Lake. The trail distance is 9.5 miles one way and is pretty much flat, making for a nice, gentle 20ish mile run.
Get general information about the Arizona Trail here and an overview map of the whole Arizona Trail here.
The run was great. Faint singletrack (this portion doesn't get alot of traffic) and old dirt roads make up the trail making for interesting but not to difficult routefinding. There are AZ TR signs every once in a while in case you are wondering if you are going the right way anymore.
The trail was flat but a little rocky making for easy but hard running all in the same package, if that makes any sense.
Again, saw some coyotes and followed some elk for a while. Man, the elk are everywhere right now! It seems that I see them every time I go for a run.
Wild flowers were blooming, the grass was turning green and the little lakes along the trail were full of water. Really nice run.
Marshall Lake with The Peaks and a thunderstorm in the background. Early monsoons this year? We'll see...