Sunflower Flat & J.D. Cabin Hikes in the Kaibab National Forest

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History and wildlife conservation blend well on the Sunflower Flat & J.D. Cabin circuit in Kaibab national Forest. The two-park hike visits an ephemeral wetland and the site of a historical ranch.

Getting There: From Flagstaff, go 27 miles west on Interstate 40 to exit 167. Turn right and go 3.8 miles south on Forest Road 141 and veer left at a fork. Continue another 4 miles to FR 109, turn right and go 3.3 miles to FR 14. Turn right and continue 1 mile and turn left on FR 14A. The trailhead is 1.4 miles down this road. Roads are good gravel and passable by passenger car up to FR 14, where high-clearance vehicles are recommended. FR 14A is rough dirt and requires a high-clearance vehicle.

Length: Sunflower Flat is 3.7 miles. J.D. Cabin is 2.2 miles.

Rating: easy

Kid Friendly: YES

Pet Friendly: NO

Elevation: 6,620-6,640 feet on Sunflower Flat. 6,640-6,680 feet on J.D. Cabin.


Photo credit Mare Czinar/PHOENIX