Kachina Trail #150

Coconino National Forest
Located 8.1 miles from Flagstaff, Arizona (AZ)
4 Stars
12,715 Steps 1  (5.8 mi)

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.

Kachina TrailKachina Trail LandscapeTrees at the Kachina Trail

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 Kachina Trail has a maximum elevation of 9,367 ft (2,855 m), a minimum elevation of 8,779 ft (2,676 m), and an elevation range of 588 ft (179 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
12,7155.8 mi8,779 ft9,367 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
2.5 hrs13.6163 ft647 ft
[ B to A ]
2.7 hrs53.9647 ft163 ft

What is the length of the Kachina Trail?

The length of the trail is 5.8 mi (9.3 km) or 12,715 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Kachina Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 2.5 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 2.7 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the 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.

Topo Maps

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. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Kendrick Peak, AZ
  2. North Topo Map: White Horse Hills, AZ
  3. Northeast Topo Map: O'Leary Peak, AZ
  4. West Topo Map: Wing Mountain, AZ
  5. Topo Map: Humphreys Peak, AZ
  6. East Topo Map: Sunset Crater West, AZ
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Bellemont, AZ
  8. South Topo Map: Flagstaff West, AZ
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Flagstaff East, AZ

Is there a Kachina trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Kachina Trail is located on the Humphreys Peak topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.