Mount Trumbull Wilderness
General Trip Planning Information
Mt. Trumbull is in a remote corner of northern Arizona north of the Grand Canyon within the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. Maps and information can be obtained at the St. George Interagency Center, 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George, Utah (435-688-3200) or in Kanab at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor's Center.
Mt. Trumbull Wilderness provides excellent opportunities for hiking, day use, photography, birding, wildlife viewing, historic site viewing, and enjoying ponderosa pine-forested areas in a remote, rugged setting. The Mt. Trumbull Trail provides moderate exercise to get to the top of the mountain and outstanding vistas of the surrounding area. The trailhead is located on the south side of Mt. Trumbull. Primitive camping is available in any previously disturbed area, no facilities or campgrounds exist nearby. The Tuweep primitive campground in Grand Canyon National Park is located about 1 hour drive to the southeast.
Climate and Special Equipment Needs
The area is high elevation, 6500 - 8,000 feet asl and is inaccessible during the winter because of snow accumulation. Temperatures are cold in winter and mild during the summer (highs of 80s). The access roads may be impassable during wet weather and in early spring because of the high clay content volcanic soils. High clearance vehicles are recommended, 4-wheel drive is not required. Normally the access roads are well maintained county roads.
Safety and Current Conditions
Be sure to let someone know where you are going because this area is remote with few visitors. Cell phone service is not available. Use of GPS devices without local maps and information may result in inaccurate and misleading access information. Take plenty of water (1 gallon/person/day), food, and two spare tires. Potable water may be available at Nixon Spring on the south side of Mt. Trumbull.