- Past the Flagstaff Mall off Santa Fe Avenue in east Flagstaff
- 2 1/2 miles
- 1 hour
- Elevation Change:
- 600 feet
- Year round. Snow may be present during the winter.
(with a few steep sections)
From downtown Flagstaff, go east on Route 66. Continue towards Page on Highway 89. Just beyond the Flagstaff Mall there is a sign for Mt. Elden Trailhead. A paved driveway will lead you to the left to the parking lot with a pole fence. Start out on the main trail and at about 0.2 miles you will reach a fork. Take the right side trail to Fatman’s Loop. At 0.4 miles, you will see a sign for Fatman’s loop and Elden Lookout. Go left towards Mt. Elden. The trail climbs steeply. At mile 1.8 you will reach another fork – one trail leads up to Elden Lookout. Take the Fatman’s Loop Trail. You will encounter huge rocks and the trail winds through gaps between these rocks. One such gap is about 4 feet wide giving the trail its “Fatman’s Loop” name.