Little Bear Trail #112

Coconino National Forest
Located 6.5 miles from Flagstaff, Arizona (AZ)
4 Stars
7,898 Steps 1  (3.6 mi)

The Little Bear Trail suffered severe damage during the Schultz Wildfire of 2010; many of the trees were destroyed, and much of the trail is now surrounded by black stumps of Ponderosa Pine and Gambel Oak. Trail crews and volunteers have now successfully rebuilt this moderately strenuous, steep trail which also includes several switchbacks.

Little Bear Trail


The Little Bear Trail has a maximum elevation of 8,445 ft (2,574 m), a minimum elevation of 7,537 ft (2,297 m), and an elevation range of 908 ft (277 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
7,8983.6 mi7,537 ft8,445 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
1.4 hrs0.00 ft894 ft
[ B to A ]
1.6 hrs74.5894 ft0 ft

What is the length of the Little Bear Trail?

The length of the trail is 3.6 mi (5.9 km) or 7,898 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Little Bear Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 1.4 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 1.6 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 Little Bear 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: White Horse Hills, AZ
  2. North Topo Map: O'Leary Peak, AZ
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Strawberry Crater, AZ
  4. West Topo Map: Humphreys Peak, AZ
  5. Topo Map: Sunset Crater West, AZ
  6. East Topo Map: Sunset Crater East, AZ
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Flagstaff West, AZ
  8. South Topo Map: Flagstaff East, AZ
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Winona, AZ

Is there a Little Bear trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Little Bear Trail is located on the Sunset Crater West 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.