Pumpkin Trail #39

Kaibab National Forest
Located 20.2 miles from Flagstaff, Arizona (AZ)
4 Stars
11,258 Steps 1  (4.9 mi)

The Pumpkin Trail is a popular, long day hike within the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness area; the trail is steep and ends at the summit of Kendrick Peak. During 2000, the trail suffered major damage from a wildfire which ultimately destroyed over 14,000 acres. While much of the vegetation has now re-grown, sadly it will take decades for many of the trees to re-populate.

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As the trail progresses along the steep canyon towards the summit of Kendrick Peak, the remains of an old sheep herder's cottage can be seen. The lookout station at the summit was built during the early 1900's and is manned during the summer months.

Kendrick Mountain peak is the second tallest peak amongst the San Francisco volcanic field; the views are spectacular from this high elevation. On a clear day, the north rim of the Grand Canyon can be seen as well as a bird's eye view of the volcanic landscape of cinder cones and dormant volcanoes. The San Francisco Peaks are located to the east and Bill Williams Mountain to the southwest.


The Pumpkin Trail has a maximum elevation of 10,358 ft (3,157 m), a minimum elevation of 7,486 ft (2,282 m), and an elevation range of 2,872 ft (875 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
11,2584.9 mi7,486 ft10,358 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.4 hrs239.32,872 ft0 ft
[ B to A ]
2.4 hrs0.00 ft2,872 ft

What is the length of the Pumpkin Trail?

The length of the trail is 4.9 mi (7.8 km) or 11,258 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Pumpkin Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 3.4 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 2.4 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 Pumpkin 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: Hobble Tank, AZ
  2. North Topo Map: Ebert Mountain, AZ
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Chapel Mountain, AZ
  4. West Topo Map: Squaw Mountain, AZ
  5. Topo Map: Moritz Ridge, AZ
  6. East Topo Map: Kendrick Peak, AZ
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Sitgreaves Mountain, AZ
  8. South Topo Map: Parks, AZ
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Wing Mountain, AZ

Is there a Pumpkin trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Pumpkin Trail is located on the Moritz Ridge and Kendrick 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.