Route: Flagstaff Fearsome Four (AZ)

Submitted by SoMo_runner on Mon, 06/08/2020 - 01:17am
Arizona, US
71.77 mi
Vertical Gain
14564 ft

This route connects the four summits around Flagstaff, Arizona:  Kendrick Peak (10,422'), Humphreys Peak (12,633'), Mt Elden (9,301'), O'Leary Peak (8,916').

Started at the Pumpkin TH and went to the summit of Mt Kendrick. Descended Kendrick Trail to the trailhead. Ran along forest service road over to the base of Mt Humphreys and took Snow Bowl Trail all the way to the summit. Descended down Weatherford Trail to Schultz tank. Headed over to Mt Elden to the towers at the summit and descended Elden Lookout Trail and crossed over to Little Elden Springs to the TH. Went across Deer Hill Trail to the O’Leary Lookout TH and ascended and descended this to finish the fourth peak of the day.

Video of Start:
Video of Finish:

GPS Track


On Wednesday, 7/22/20, I plan to take my shot at the Flagstaff Fearsome Four FKT. I am going to start at the Kendrick Peak trail head around 5:00 am and make my way to Humphrey's Peak, then Mt Elden, and finally, O'Leary Peak. Buck Blankenship has a stout record and has been very generous in helping me work on my route. Without doubt, it's going to be an exciting day! Below is a link if you would like to follow along. This is my first time using a spot tracker for live tracking so hopefully I don't screw this up!

Hello FKT world, I'm planning to try this route starting overnight at Kendrick, aiming for Humphrey's early in the day, and on from there.  Not sure how the trail conditions will be (with recent snow that hasn't melted up high), nor whether I have the speed to beat Helen's time, but I'm going to give it a go.  John will be supporting me at various spots, and my tracking link is:


Phew, that was a big day!  First, my Humphrey's forecast failed me and it was crazy windy up along the summit ridge.  Then I completely forgot about how the recent snow might still be there on Weatherford - yep, it was slow going over to Doyle saddle.  I decided I was just doing a scouting day at that point, but made it down to Schultz a good bit quicker than expected and took off on a mission toward Elden.  There I discovered that my InReach Mini had frozen up (noooooo) so I turned on a tracker app on my phone.  Kept cutting it close on the rest of my splits, honestly had no idea if it was even possible to beat Helen's time, all the way to the final (cruel) little uphill run back to O'Leary trailhead.  Got it by 4 minutes!  How did that happen??  I couldn't have done it without super support by my husband John.  I'm working on piecing together the 2 partial (and incomplete) gpx tracks, photos, tracking sheet with my splits, and an affidavit from John, hopefully that will be enough to get this accepted.