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Lew Tank Meadow Trail

Trailhead: Bismark Lake Conservation Area

Length: 5 miles roundtrip

Difficulty: Easy

Wilderness Area: Kachina Peaks Wilderness

Journal: "Picturesque Places"

**Kid Friendly Hike**

Lews Tank Meadow

Directions to Trailhead:

From Flagstaff, drive north on US Highway 180 for 10 miles, to FR 151 (Hart Prairie Road). Turn right on FR 151 and drive 5.6 miles to FR 627 (Bismark Lake Road). Park at the end of the road (1 mile).

Trail Description:

The trail begins on an old road that is closed to motorized vehicles, as it is part of a protected wildlife habitat. The first 0.5 miles of this trail is flat as it meanders through pine forests and pretty mountain meadows. At 0.5 miles, the trail begins to climb gently to a lovely alpine meadow. Here, at the one mile mark, you will find a spur trail that goes another 0.2 miles to Bismark Lake. Stay right to continue on the Lews Tank Meadow Trail.

After passing by Bismark Lake, the trail wanders back into the forest; here, the trail is not heavily used and is indistinct in some places. The hiking book in which we found this trail states that, at 1.5 miles, you will find Lews Tank; we did not find it.

The last 0.5 miles of the trail climbs rather steeply into the Kachina Peaks Wilderness Area and ends up at a beautiful alpine meadow. The San Francisco Peaks can be seen in the background. It is not possible to continue to the top of Humphreys Peak from here, as there are no trails. (Cross-country hiking to the top of the Peaks is strictly prohibited, as the foliage above the treeline is very delicate.)

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