Lenox Crater Trail

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Located 13.1 miles from Flagstaff, Arizona (AZ)
4 Stars
695 Steps 1  (0.3 mi)

The Lenox Crater Trail is a very strenuous hike along a volcanic cinder path; the trail climbs the side of a volcanic cinder cone, providing a great opportunity to hike a volcano, unlike Sunset Crater which was closed to hikers in 1973. Ponderosa Pine have successfully managed to grow here and offer shade from the hot sun during the summer months.

Lenox Crater TrailLenox Crater Trail CinderSquirrel at Lenox Crater


The Lenox Crater Trail has a maximum elevation of 7,261 ft (2,213 m), a minimum elevation of 6,942 ft (2,116 m), and an elevation range of 319 ft (97 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
6950.3 mi6,942 ft7,261 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
14 min25.8309 ft0 ft
[ B to A ]
7 min0.00 ft309 ft

What is the length of the Lenox Crater Trail?

The length of the trail is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) or 695 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Lenox Crater Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 14 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 7 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 Lenox Crater Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument 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 Lenox Crater trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Lenox Crater Trail is located on the Sunset Crater West 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.