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 gain of 2,642 ft (805 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Little Bear 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 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
7,8983.6 mi7,537 ft8,445 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
1.4 hrs0.12,642 ft7,479 ft
[ B to A ]
1.6 hrs0.47,479 ft2,642 ft

What is the length of the Little Bear Trail?

The length of the Little Bear 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 Little Bear Trail in 1.4 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 1.6 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Little Bear Trail Topo Maps

Download free Little Bear Trail topo maps 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.

Local Weather Forecast

Check the weather forecast; this weather forecast covers the Little Bear Trail in Coconino National Forest, provided by the National Weather Service. (

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  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 sum of distance on the trail where angles to the horizontal is between 30 and 50 degrees (the angle of a stairway) divided by ten, 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.

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