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Little Sugarloaf, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,563 feet
Elevation Gain 309 feet
Accumulated Gain 826 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 8.33
Interest Peak
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8  2019-04-28 trekkin_gecko
4  2008-10-11 DanaLee67
11  2008-03-23 slegal
Author slegal
author avatar Guides 74
Routes 102
Photos 2,962
Trips 56 map ( 351 miles )
Age 59 Male Gender
Location Thousand Oaks, CA
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Apr, Feb → Early
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:34am - 7:33pm
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This is a good hike to do first when visiting Sedona if you come from a lower elevation. It's short and just strenuous enough to get your blood pumping as a warm-up to bigger and better things later as you're more acclimated.

We set out to find a geocache at the top of this little rock to the southwest of Chimney Rock. The name of the cache was called Top O' Sugarloaf. So the hiking book we had had a trailhead called Sugarloaf. This rock is not actually Sugarloaf. It doesn't even have a name on my topo map. Before setting out on this hike, I failed to check the trail book for other trails whose coordinates were closer to the cache. If I had, I would have discovered a little hike called Little Sugarloaf... our destination. So our actual hike turned out to be over four miles long. The trailhead coordinates I provided are for the closer coordinates at the Thunder Mountain trailhead.

The trail starts on the other side of Chimney Rock, from where our little rock is. It wraps around the south side of Chimney Rock and heads up a gentle hill to a saddle between Chimney Rock and Little Sugarloaf. At the top of Little Sugarloaf is a well-worn trail that heads straight up Little Sugarloaf, off to the left. The trail is relatively short but very steep. For the most part, the footing is OK, and I never felt like there was anything too challenging for anyone in reasonable shape.

For such a short hike, there is a lovely reward at the top. The views are outstanding. There are fantastic views of the west side of town, to the south of the rock. There are good views off to the east, including Sugarloaf, Capitol Butte, and points beyond. And excellent views off to the west and northwest, including Cockscomb, Bear Mountain, Boynton Canyon, and many over great destinations.

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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.

Permit $$
Red Rock Pass - may or may not be required. Go to Red Rock Pass then check "When is a Red Rock Pass Required?". If you have questions contact the Coconino forest service.

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Paved - Car Okay

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The trailhead is in Sedona. From Highway 89A, head north on Andante Dr. to the end of the road, and you're at the parking area for the trailhead.
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