Kendrick Peak (10,418 ft.) Trail Run via Kendrick Peak TrailSeptember 6, 2014
After a lazy Saturday morning, I decided to go run up Kendrick Peak just 30 minutes west of Flagstaff. Kendrick Peak is the second most prominent peak within the San Francisco Volcanic Field. The mountain is the product of an extrusion of viscous, volatile-poor lava (rhyolites and dacites) approximately 2 Ma. For more information on the geology of the region, click HERE.
I started running just after 4 pm. I planned this late departure because I knew the lighting would be better for photos. The moderate trail makes its way up the southwest side of the mountain towards the summit and the fire lookout over about 4.3 miles, 3100 ft. I ran on flatter sections and hiked quickly on steeper sections. After about 5 minutes of running, a coyote trotted across the trail in front of me without even noticing I was there. I stopped and watched it trot into the trees, nose to the ground and then it disappeared. After the quiet moment and thinking about what other wildlife may be around, I continued upward. I reached the summit in about 1 hour and 15 minutes. I spent 20 minutes alone on the summit as I watched small rain storms move across the high desert. Rays of sunshine would occasionally find their way through the clouds and illuminate the small and forested cinder cones below. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon was obviously visible and lit up by the southwestern sun. The views were incredible in all directions. Northern Arizona is my new home and I'm not upset about it.
After a nice break, I made my way down. I reached the trailhead after about 45 minutes of continuous downhill jogging just before dark.
|Wildflowers along the Kendrick Peak Trail|
|A nice conical cinder cone with a central crater|
|Fire lookout tower on the summit of Kendrick Peak|
|Looking east towards Humphreys Peak|
|Scattered rain storms move across the high desert of Northern Arizona|
|Dark sky, bright beard|
|Moon rising over Humphreys Peak to the East|