O'Leary Peak Loop

Total Miles
14.3

Elevation

2,202.36 ft

Duration

2 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Summer

Trail Overview

This trail loops around Sunset Crater Volcano and O'Leary Peak. It begins on volcanic ash and concludes with a steep hill down to Highway 89. There is a great little hike to Strawberry Crater from the parking lot. Unlicensed vehicles are not allowed on certain portions of the trail.

Photos of O'Leary Peak Loop

O'Leary Peak Loop
O'Leary Peak Loop
O'Leary Peak Loop

Difficulty

Moderate. Rutted and rocky in some sections with one tippy spot before Waypoint 05. Most of the trail is easy. One steep descent.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Connor Mobilizer
Aug 27, 2023
4x4
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Michael Lankford
Aug 05, 2023
2022 Ford Bronco
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Corrine Carter
Jul 29, 2023
2011 Jeep Wrangler
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Rick Noll
Jul 28, 2023
4x4
Obstructed
Washout

Access Description

On the east side of Flagstaff, get off Interstate 40 at exit 201 and head north short distance to Highway 89. Turn right and drive north about 12 miles to Forest Road 545 on right. Follow signs to Sunset Crater Volcano N.M. Go east 5.5 miles on paved 545 to start of trail on left. No fee is required to pass through the monument. Just tell toll-taker your plans.

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