Oldham Trail #1

Coconino National Forest
Located 4.7 miles from Flagstaff, Arizona (AZ)
4 Stars
5,905 Steps 1  (2.7 mi)

The trailhead for the Oldham Trail is located at Buffalo Park, an urban park at the base of Mount Elden. A gradual ascent along the southern side of Mount Elden leads to the summit; enjoy the panoramic views from this extinct volcano of the surrounding San Francisco Volcanic Range, Painted Desert and Sunset Crater. As the summit approaches, the Oldham Trail connects with the Sunset Trail which leads north towards Schultz Pass.

Oldham Trail


The Oldham Trail has a maximum elevation of 7,545 ft (2,300 m), a minimum elevation of 7,057 ft (2,151 m), and an elevation range of 488 ft (149 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
5,9052.7 mi7,057 ft7,545 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
1.4 hrs53.6643 ft240 ft
[ B to A ]
1.2 hrs20.0240 ft643 ft

What is the length of the Oldham Trail?

The length of the trail is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) or 5,905 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Oldham Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 1.4 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 1.2 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 Oldham 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: Wing Mountain, AZ
  2. North Topo Map: Humphreys Peak, AZ
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Sunset Crater West, AZ
  4. West Topo Map: Bellemont, AZ
  5. Topo Map: Flagstaff West, AZ
  6. East Topo Map: Flagstaff East, AZ
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Dutton Hill, AZ
  8. South Topo Map: Mountainaire, AZ
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Lower Lake Mary, AZ

Is there an Oldham trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Oldham Trail is located on the Flagstaff West and Sunset Crater West 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.