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Karen Cooper Trail
FUTS logoAbout the Trail
This trail begins at Wheeler Park in downtown Flagstaff and generally follows the Rio de Flag for several miles to the Cheshire neighborhood in the far northwest corner of town.

Along the way the trail passes through a variety of natural areas, including willow-lined riparian wetlands, stands of mature Ponderosa pines, and rock outcroppings, and oak thickets. At times the trail also opens to magnificent views of the San Francisco Peaks.

Other highlights along the trail include the historic Townsite neighborhood at the southern end; and Francis Short Pond, a small picturesque reservoir that is frequented by a variety of waterfowl. Toward the north end, the trail follows of the rim of the steep, rock-walled canyon of the Rio de Flag for a short time.

In April of 2011, the Flagstaff City Council renamed this trail to honor Karen Cooper, a City Council member from 2000 to 2008 who passed away in 2010.

Endpoints
Birch Avenue to Peak View Street

Length
3.6 mi | 5.7 km

Surface
Aggregate: 100 percent of the trail (3.6 mi | 5.7 km)

Grades
Easy grades: 90 percent of the trail has grades of less than 5 percent
Moderate grades: 8 percent of the trail has grades between 5 and 10 percent (1450 ft | 442 m)
Steep grades: 2 percent of the trail has grades between 10 and 15 percent (400 ft | 122 m)
Very steep grades: >1 percent of the trail has grades of more than 15 percent (50 ft | 15 m)
Maximum grade: 16 percent

Elevation
Low point: 6904 ft | 2104 m
High point: 7124 ft | 2171 m
Elevation range: 220 ft | 67 m
Cumulative elevation gain/loss: 408 ft | 124 m

Along the Way
  • Wheeler Park
  • Flagstaff Public Library
  • Thorpe Park
  • Frances Short Pond
  • Coconino Park
  • Cheshire Park
  • Museum of Northern Arizona

Intersecting Trails

Future Plans
As part of the Rio de Flag flood control project, this trail will be extended south from its current terminus at Birch Street along the channel of the Rio de Flag. Trail underpasses are planned at Route 66 and the BNSF railroad tracks to carry the trail to the south side of the tracks. A portion of the existing aggregate trail from Birch Avenue to Bonito Street, will be replaced with a concrete trail.

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Karen Cooper Trail

Karen Cooper Trail
Karen Cooper Trail

Karen Cooper Trail
Karen Cooper Trail

Karen Cooper Trail
Karen Cooper Trail
Karen Cooper Trail