Hike of the Week: Munds Canyon Trail at Munds Park

Mare CzinarJuly 19, 2023
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In the hilly acres between Lake Mary Road and Interstate 17 south of Flagstaff, a network of shared-use trails connect Arizona’s plateau lakes region with the community of Munds Park. The system of long, loopy routes has been adopted by the Munds Park Trail Stewards (MUTS), a volunteer group dedicated to working with land management agencies for the establishment and maintenance of multi-use trails in the Coconino National Forest with the goal of preventing destructive trailblazing while preserving access and forest health.

The Munds Canyon Trail showcases some of the area’s best bits.

  • LENGTH:  7.8 miles round trip
  • RATING: moderate
  • ELEVATION: 6,646 – 6,955 feet
  • BEST SEASON:  April – October
  • FACILITIES: none


  • From Interstate 17, take the Munds Park exit 322 and continue 2 miles east on Pinewood Boulevard (Forest Road 240) to the Pinewood Trailhead parking area on the left.
  • Trail begins at the north end of the lot.
  • Roads are paved with a short section of maintained dirt that’s fine for all vehicles.