FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The best aspect of the Rocky Ridge Trail is that it leads to so many others trails.
The Rocky Ridge Trail, starting off of Schultz Pass Road, leads to Lower Oldham Trail (2.8 miles), Brookbank Trail (three miles) and Buffalo Park (4.2 miles).
The trail is a good workout as it begins at an elevation of 7,200 feet and quickly climbs about 300 feet. Pine and spruce trees are thick along the trail so there is plenty of shade. A few flowers were recently seen along the trail. There may not have been that many flowers, but there were more flowers than people as this isn't the most popular trail off Schultz Pass Road.
About two miles in, a few folks started to appear.
"Guess what we just did?" asked Fon Cordasco.
Now, there was a question worthy of an answer. Cordasco boasted that she was part of the "Flagstaff Five" that had left early that morning and had hiked the circumference around Mount Elden. They estimated their worthy trek at about 20 miles.
It was easy to see that the Flagstaff Five were tired, but proud of their accomplishment as many hikers would be after such an achievement.
The Flagstaff Five includes Cordasco, Fay Fisk, Jan Newton, Corey Hartman and Macrina McCullough.
To reach the trailhead, go north on Humphreys Street for six-tenths of a mile, turn left onto Highway 180. After 3.1 miles turn right onto Schultz Pass Road. After 3.9 miles, motorists will come to a gate. Turn right into the parking lot just after the gate. The sign for the trail is easily spotted.
For more information about Rocky Ridge Trail, pickup Flagstaff Hikes by Richard and Sherry Mangum.