Little Elden Trail #69

Coconino National Forest
Located 6.7 miles from Flagstaff, Arizona (AZ)
4 Stars
11,054 Steps 1  (5.1 mi)

The Little Elden Trail is a major connector trail in the heart of the Peaks network of trails within the Kachina Peaks Wilderness and the Mount Elden Trail system. Although long, the trail is relatively easy as it gradually descends to the eastern side of Schultz's Pass from the Schultz Tank area. During 2010 this trail was severely damaged due to the Schultz Wildfire; many of the Ponderosa Pine and Gambel Oak trees were destroyed.

Little Elden Trail


The Little Elden Trail has a maximum elevation of 8,056 ft (2,455 m), a minimum elevation of 7,111 ft (2,167 m), and an elevation range of 945 ft (288 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
11,0545.1 mi7,111 ft8,056 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
2.3 hrs80.6967 ft181 ft
[ B to A ]
2.0 hrs15.1181 ft967 ft

What is the length of the Little Elden Trail?

The length of the trail is 5.1 mi (8.2 km) or 11,054 steps.

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

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 2.3 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 2.0 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 Elden 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 Elden trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Little Elden Trail is located on the Sunset Crater West and Humphreys Peak topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.



  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.