O'Leary Peak Loop

Total Miles


2202.36 ft


2 Hours

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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.


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

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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.