Kendrick Mountain Wilderness

5 Star Route

Kendrick Mountain Wilderness, 6664 acres congressionally designated in 1984, is a beautiful area just north and west of the city of Flagstaff and part of the Kaibab National Forest (Williams Ranger District).

This route weaves through southwest Ponderosa Pines and Gamble Oak that are signature of the Southwest US. You will encounter some stretches of open prairies and enjoy views of the San Francisco Peaks during the climb. At about 8000 feet, the apex of the climb, will come the payoff and your best views of the mountains and surrounding wilderness.

Kendrick Mountain Wilderness encompasses Kendrick Peak, one of the many peaks of the vast San Francisco mountain volcanic field located on the Coconino Plateau in north-central Arizona. Reaching an elevation of 10,418 … [US Forest Service]

Ride Details

From the Kendrick Peak trailhead parking lot, go south for 0.25 miles until intersecting FS 171. Go right, so that you are riding the route in the clockwise direction. FS 171 is a flat, smooth, enjoyable road that is a mix of dirt and gravel. **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

Loop: 28 miles / 1700 ft gain
– Surface: 100% gravel
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 40 min northwest of Flagstaff, Arizona
– Published: June 2020

Difficulty[How we rate this …]


When we like to ride this …

I am not super familiar with the area so it’s hard for me to say when is the best time to ride the route. Anytime from March to October should be good as far as weather is concerned (no snow presumably). I began at about 8 am and it was approximately 65 degrees and about 80 by the time I finished at around noon.

The Start

Kendrick Peak Trailhead. Pit toilets.
Lat / Long: 35.386845, -111.867749

Food / Water



Wahoo / Garmin Direct Download
Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file


Brown = gravel / dirt road

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Ridden and Reviewed by …

JoshV / Team Dirty Freehub

I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan but now call the Valley of the Sun home. When I’m not riding, I enjoy reading, golf, camping, and spending time with family and friends. Always looking towards the next adventure and exploring more of the Southwest!

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