Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Rogers Lake Day Hike
when Trip Report : July 14, 2018
where Flagstaff
the hike     Rogers Lake is a high-elevation wetland located southeast of Flagstaff within a Coconino County Park called Rogers Lake County Natural Area. The area is important to numerous wildlife species and features views of the San Francisco Peaks. Click here for more information.
    Until recently, this area had only two hiking trails, the longest of which was the Gold Digger Trail with a distance of four miles. Now, however, the county has added the Rogers Trail, a 6.1-mile connector that extends from the Gold Digger Trail to the Loop Trail and then Soldiers Trail in Fort Tuthill County Park. The route for this hike, therefore, will be to go half way around the Gold Digger Trail, hike three of four miles on the Rogers Trail, return, and then finish the Gold Digger Trail along the lake. While on the Rogers trail we’ll pass Woody Mountain, which should provide some extra scenery. Click here for a map.
    The trail shouldn’t be difficult but it’s a new area for the club and a new trail, and therefore exploratory.
    Hopefully the lake will have water in it. The county warns that it’s an, “ephemeral wetland” and may not have water year-round.
Required:
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
Recommended:
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Binoculars
•  Camera
distance 10-12 miles
time 5-6 hours
EC +-600' elevation change
elevations 7,260' at the trailhead, 7,680' at the Gold Dogger / Rogers junction
type lollipop loop
starting at Rogers Lake Trailhead
on trail 100% — Gold Digger and Rogers Trails
rating "B-"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Flagstaff
meet 7:00 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride.
drive
1.  Take I-17 north to Exit 337 (John Wesley Powell Blvd).
2. At the end of the ramp turn left onto J W Powell, which becomes Fairgrounds Road.
3. Just past the southbound ramp turn right on SR 89A.
4. Drive 0.6 miles and turn left on Purple Sage Trail (FS 532).
5. Drive 2.0 miles and turn left on FS 231 (no sign).
6. Drive 5.0 miles to the trailhead.
7. Park at the wildlife viewing platform on the right.
There are no signs indicating ‘Rogers Lake County Wildlife Area’ until you arrive at the lake.
The final approach is a dirt/gravel road in excellent condition, accessible by all cars, even in rain.
There are no toilets at the trailhead so if necessary, exit I-17 at exit 333 (Mountainaire Road) and use the Shell station on the west side of the freeway.

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