Keyhole Sink Trail #114

Kaibab National Forest
Located 9.6 miles from Williams, Arizona (AZ)
4 Stars
1,449 Steps 1  (0.7 mi)

In a tranquil area surrounded by forest is the Keyhole Sink Trail. While this is a short and easy trail to hike, it should definitely not be missed if hiking other locations within the Kaibab National Forest. The trail is mostly known for its petroglyphs, inscribed on volcanic basalt rock sometime between 700 and 1100 AD by the ancient Cohonina people. Archeologists estimate these ancient Puebloans resided in northwestern Arizona between 500 to 1200 AD. Further information about the rock art is located at the trailhead.

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During various times of the year a seasonal waterfall can also be viewed here, especially during the monsoon season or when the snow is melting. Snow shoeing, tubing and cross country skiing are also a popular sport in the nearby Oak Hill Snowplay area of the Kaibab National Forest.


The Keyhole Sink Trail has a maximum elevation of 7,070 ft (2,155 m), a minimum elevation of 6,960 ft (2,121 m), and an elevation range of 110 ft (34 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
1,4490.7 mi6,960 ft7,070 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
17 min4.352 ft131 ft
[ B to A ]
18 min10.9131 ft52 ft

What is the length of the Keyhole Sink Trail?

The length of the trail is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) or 1,449 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Keyhole Sink Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 17 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 18 min 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 Keyhole Sink Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Kaibab National Forest topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Howard Mesa, AZ
  2. North Topo Map: Squaw Mountain, AZ
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Moritz Ridge, AZ
  4. West Topo Map: Williams North, AZ
  5. Topo Map: Sitgreaves Mountain, AZ
  6. East Topo Map: Parks, AZ
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Williams South, AZ
  8. South Topo Map: Davenport Hill, AZ
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Garland Prairie, AZ

Is there a Keyhole Sink trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Keyhole Sink Trail is located on the Sitgreaves Mountain 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.