One of my favorite hikes is the Lamar Haines Memorial Wildlife Hike located at a gate about 3 miles up Snowbowl Hill Road.
Not only does the 1 mile hike wander through beautiful aspens and claim lots of wildlife, it has some Flagstaff history. The trail leads to what it left of a sheep herder cabin that had been built in 1892. The trail is named for Lamar Haines, who was an educator in the Flagstaff Public Schools and a preservationist. I knew Lamar Haines from my career in the Flagstaff Public Schools and can always picture him when I walk this trail. Pictographs on rocks, two springs and a small meadow, elk, deer and a variety of birds can be discovered hiking this trail.
The hike is a cool get away in the summer, a colorful leaf viewing trail in the fall and a snow shoeing destination in the winter.
The trail is kid friendly and parking is on the right as you head up Snowbowl road. It’s a hike that is close to town and also an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the San Francisco Peaks.
For directions and more information visit the Arizona Watchable Wildlife Website.
Post written by Board Member Mary Mckell. Pics courtesy of David McKell.