Autumn On The Kachina Trail
"This high country ramble delivers a big mountain experience without any real climbing, bless its woodsy heart. Kachina follows a gently rolling course across the midsection of the San Francisco Peaks. It passes through conifer groves an huddles aspens framed by slanted meadows filled with waist-high bracken ferns. The trail stretches five miles, descending 700 feet from the upper end at 9,500 feet to its terminus in the mouth of Weatherford Canyon. Limber pine and Douglas fir dominate old growth forests at the highest elevations. As the trail drops to the South facing slopes of Agassiz and Fremont peaks, our old friends the ponderosa pines rise up in welcome.
Dipping in and out of shallow drainages and skirting small cliffs, I wind around the rising bulk of the peaks. On the second half of the hike, the pastures widen exposing lovely views of mountaintops above and towns, buttes, and hills far below. When the Kachina junctions with the Weatherford Trail, about-face it and return to your car. This is one of those ideal hikes where you’ll enjoy the going as much as the coming."
Source: Roger Naylor "Boots & Burgers: An Arizona Handbook For Hungry Hikers"