Flagstaff’s trail running scene is definitely something to write home about, but how to choose among the hundreds of trails just outside the city? According to locals, there is no better starting point for a trail run than the Schultz Creek area, on the north end of the city. The most popular running option here is the namesake Schultz Creek Trail, an up to 7 mile out and back along a pristine creek bed and through a shady valley floor.
Other good options in the area include a 6 mile loop starting on the Sunset Trail near Schultz Tank. After a tough uphill, turn RIGHT onto the Brookbank Trail. Keep on the Brookbank Trail until it descends to the Rocky Ridge Trail, then turn RIGHT on Rocky Ridge. At the intersection with the Schultz Creek Trail, turn RIGHT onto Schultz Creek to return to the tank. MAP.
For a longer loop (~ 9 miles), runners can combine the Little Elden Trail, the Pipeline Trail, the Oldham Trail, the Rocky Ridge Trail, and the Schultz Creek Trail. MAP.
From the north end of the Schultz Tank trailhead, the 10 mile Weathersford Trail is another great option for an out and back. The former road is famous for once carrying Model T Fords to the heights of the San Francisco Peaks. Be advised this a hilly climb! MAP.