In a tranquil area surrounded by forest is the Keyhole Sink Trail. While this is a short and easy trail to hike, it should definitely not be missed if hiking other locations within the Kaibab National Forest. The trail is mostly known for its petroglyphs, inscribed on volcanic basalt rock sometime between 700 and 1100 AD by the ancient Cohonina people. Archeologists estimate these ancient Puebloans resided in northwestern Arizona between 500 to 1200 AD. Further information about the rock art is located at the trailhead.
During various times of the year a seasonal waterfall can also be viewed here, especially during the monsoon season or when the snow is melting. Snow shoeing, tubing and cross country skiing are also a popular sport in the nearby Oak Hill Snowplay area of the Kaibab National Forest.
The Keyhole Sink Trail has a maximum elevation of 7,070 ft (2,155 m), a minimum elevation of 6,960 ft (2,121 m), and an elevation gain of 841 ft (256 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.
The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Keyhole Sink Trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.
|[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]|
|Steps 1||Length 2||Min Ele 3||Max Ele 4|
|1,449||0.7 mi||6,960 ft||7,070 ft|
|[ A to B ]|
|Time 5||Floors 6||Gain 7||Loss 8|
|17 min||0.0||841 ft||1,265 ft|
|[ B to A ]|
|18 min||0.0||1,265 ft||841 ft|
The length of the Keyhole Sink Trail is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) or 1,449 steps.
A person in good physical health can hike the Keyhole Sink Trail in 17 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 18 min in the [ B to A ] direction.
Download free Keyhole Sink Trail topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Kaibab National Forest topographic maps.
Yes, and it's free! The Keyhole Sink Trail is located on the Sitgreaves Mountain topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.
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