The Pumpkin Trail is a popular, long day hike within the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness area; the trail is steep and ends at the summit of Kendrick Peak. During 2000, the trail suffered major damage from a wildfire which ultimately destroyed over 14,000 acres. While much of the vegetation has now re-grown, sadly it will take decades for many of the trees to re-populate.
As the trail progresses along the steep canyon towards the summit of Kendrick Peak, the remains of an old sheep herder's cottage can be seen. The lookout station at the summit was built during the early 1900's and is manned during the summer months.
Kendrick Mountain peak is the second tallest peak amongst the San Francisco volcanic field; the views are spectacular from this high elevation. On a clear day, the north rim of the Grand Canyon can be seen as well as a bird's eye view of the volcanic landscape of cinder cones and dormant volcanoes. The San Francisco Peaks are located to the east and Bill Williams Mountain to the southwest.
The Pumpkin Trail has a maximum elevation of 10,358 ft (3,157 m), a minimum elevation of 7,486 ft (2,282 m), and an elevation gain of 17,251 ft (5,258 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.
The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Pumpkin 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|
|11,258||4.9 mi||7,486 ft||10,358 ft|
|[ A to B ]|
|Time 5||Floors 6||Gain 7||Loss 8|
|3.4 hrs||75.2||17,251 ft||8,255 ft|
|[ B to A ]|
|2.4 hrs||7.1||8,255 ft||17,251 ft|
The length of the Pumpkin Trail is 4.9 mi (7.8 km) or 11,258 steps.
A person in good physical health can hike the Pumpkin Trail in 3.4 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 2.4 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.
Download free Pumpkin 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.
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