One of the most popular places to hike and ride horses within the Coconino National Forest is the moderately challenging Kachina Trail, especially during the fall. The changing colors of the Aspen trees from green to gold as well as the beauty of dense forest, open meadows and views of Humphreys Peak make this trail one of the most scenic to hike within the region.
The trail crosses several canyons and descends to a lava cliff which is now covered with fern and other vegetation; there is also an abundance of wildlife here which includes black bear, elk and deer.
The length of the Kachina Trail in Coconino National Forest is 5.7 miles and requires around 3.1 hours to hike one-way. The trail has a maximum elevation of 9,367 feet, a cumulative elevation gain of 2.7 miles and a cumulative elevation loss of 3.1 miles.
The following chart shows the total calories that you can expend on the Kachina Trail while hiking (round-trip) at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.
Humphreys Peak Topo Map: Download the free Kachina Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Coconino National Forest topographic maps.
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