The United States Congress designated the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness (map
) in 1984 and it now has a total of 6,510 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Arizona
and is managed by the Forest Service.
Kendrick Mountain Wilderness encompasses Kendrick Peak, one of the highest peaks in the vast San Francisco volcanic field located on the Coconino Plateau in north-central Arizona. Reaching an elevation of 10,418, the summit affords views of the surrounding plateau and volcanic field. A fire lookout was first established on the summit in the early 1900's, and continues to be staffed to this day. In 2000 the entire wilderness was involved in a large wildfire. Fire intensities ranged from light to very severe, with more intensely burned areas most evident on the west, north, and east slopes of the peak. Montane mixed conifer forests are present in the unburned and lightly burned areas. Natural recovery processes are occurring in more intensely burned areas, with aspens and other early seral species becoming established in those areas. Unstable volcanic soils have undergone severe erosion on the steeper slopes within burned areas, and will take many more years to stabilize.
Three maintained trails totaling 14 miles provide access to the wilderness, and all lead hikers to the top of the mountain. There are no reliable water sources on the mountain, so pack in plenty. All of the trails are considered to be challenging due to the lack of water, big elevation gains, and the on-going effects of the wildfire, including numerous falling trees and recurring trail erosion which can make route-finding difficult.