Old 305a

Total Miles
8.5

Elevation

2119.2 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

spring, summer, fall

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Trail Overview

Forest Road 305a starts as a wide rock road that quickly turns into a rough, rocky two-track through a beautiful forest of Ponderosa Pines. This almost 9-mile trail leads through wildfire burn scars on single-lane dirt. Recent storms and wind have taken down a number of the pines, which have led to bypasses around these obstacles being put in. Toward the northern end, you might encounter a large number of cattle grazing, so take care on your drive. This trail terminates on the North end at Red Skinner Road, a wide and maintained Forest Service road.

Difficulty

Easy

History

The airline was started in 1927 as Scenic Airways by J. Parker Van Zandt at Grand Canyon, Arizona with a Stinson SM-1 Detroiter and Ford Trimotor aircraft. Scenic Airways changed its name to Grand Canyon Airlines in 1930, and Grand Canyon Airlines is believed to be the world's oldest air tour company in continuous operations. Two Grand Canyon Airlines pilots were the first to spot the wreckage left by the 1956 Grand Canyon mid-air collision, between United and TWA Airlines aircraft. This air accident spurred the creation of the organization we know today as the FAA.

Technical Rating

2

Access Description

Take Highway 64 North toward the Grand Canyon. Just past Red Butte on the East side, you'll see a well-marked sign road, with maps, responsible offroad guidelines, and info about the area.