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Sacred Mountain, AZ

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HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 3,800 feet
Elevation Gain 162 feet
Accumulated Gain 170 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5+ hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1.85
Interest Ruins
Backpack Yes
Dogs not allowed
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14  2014-06-08
Sacred Mtn V-Bar-V & Wingfield Mesa Ruin
Hansenaz
8  2011-06-20 Charger55
6  2010-03-19 georgesteel
9  2006-10-08 hikemonk
6  2000-08-20 joebartels
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Apr → Any
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  7:25am - 5:17pm
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V-Bar-V Heritage Trail
V-Bar-V Heritage Trail
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1.0 mi
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Bell Trail #13
0.9 mi away
7.7 mi
2,280 ft
Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver Creek
Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver Creek
0.9 mi away
7.0 mi
520 ft
Wet Beaver Canyon Loop
Wet Beaver Canyon Loop
0.9 mi away
22.0 mi
3,000 ft
Long Canyon Trail #63 - Wet Beaver
Long Canyon Trail #63 - Wet Beaver
0.9 mi away
7.5 mi
1,912 ft
Deadwood Trail
1.0 mi away
9.2 mi
2,044 ft
Bruce Brockett Trail
Bruce Brockett Trail
1.3 mi away
0.9 mi
128 ft
Red Tank Draw
1.6 mi away
2.0 mi
200 ft
Walker Basin Trail #81
Walker Basin Trail #81
1.7 mi away
6.9 mi
2,130 ft
White Mesa Trail #86
2.0 mi away
1.2 mi
919 ft
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Fauna Nearby
Boring to most!...?
by joebartels

One of the trail register entries read something like 'boring trail, turn around now and head back to your car'. Okay I'm not going to argue. This butte sits alone and the trail is near 100% exposed. I have included this trail because it was of interest to myself. Earlier this month I came across the V-Bar-V Ranch Trail. The Sinagua culture that etched the panels of V-Bar-V likely lived in pueblos atop this butte.


From the fence go threw the gate and close it behind you. The trail can be seen leading up to the butte. Even more so the trail is easily seen shooting up the west end to a lower deck. Follow the trail to the butte. Just before a ravine you will pass though a tight cattle guard break in a fence. You pass down through the ravine. Then the trail takes you up to the lower deck on the west side of the butte. Here there is a trail register. Continue on and the trail skirts along the south side and up. The trail is pure limestone in this section. Near the far southeast corner of the butte the trail tops out. From here you are free to roam the deck. The largest remains of ruins are found on the east side overlook. Another good sized pit house or pueblo is found on the west overlook. From here you can look down to the V-Bar-V Ranch site. You will notice there is a small knoll blocking your view. Archeologist John Sturgis told me there is a small lookout ruin on that knoll. He believes somebody took post there and relayed messages to the community atop Sacred Mountain.

True the ruins have been savaged by pothunters. The trail is hot and exposed. Sometimes you have to look for more than the obvious, and think of the history. I watched a monsoon roll in over to the east. Then I imagined how the ancient Indians must have enjoyed the views themselves. So why not check out this trail. It's an easy addition to the V-Bar-V Ranch Trail or any other Sedona excursion for that matter.

Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

joebartels
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Directions
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    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From Phoenix head north on I-17, exit on 298. Most of the traffic heads west to Sedona from here. You want to hang a right and follow FR618 over the Beaver Creek bridge. Soon after the bridge the pavement ends and then a three-way fork in the road is encountered. Continue to the right passing the V-Bar-V entrance. The road heads up and around. Soon the road starts to curve back right and an open field is seen. Here FR 9201A takes off to your left. Follow this in to a fence about a quarter mile. The road here may be rutted. It would then be necessary for non high clearance vehicle owners to walk to the fence.
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