Hike of the Week: Wilson Meadow near Flagstaff

Mare CzinarOctober 11, 2023
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Wilson Meadow, Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff

On the western face of Flagstaff’s San Francisco Peaks, vast wet meadows of wild roses, ferns and brambles lap up against pine-studded slopes. This patchwork of seeps and moist fields are collectively known as Hart Prairie. The rare ecozone is home to some of the most beautiful aspen glens in the state that glow in shades of gold in mid October.

  • LENGTH: 2 miles roundtrip
  • RATING: easy
  • ELEVATION: 8,500 – 9,000 feet
  • BEST SEASON: May – October
  • FACILITIES: none

GETTING THERE:

  • From Flagstaff, go 10 miles north on U.S.180 to milepost 225, turn right onto Forest Road 151 (Hart Prairie Road) and continue 4.2 miles to Forest Road 9007T on the right.
  • If you reach the Nature Conservancy entrance, you’ve gone too far.
  • Go 0.2-mile on FR9007T to the trailhead.
  • Forest Road 151 is maintained dirt passable by sedan.
  • Forest Road 9007T requires a high clearance vehicle.