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Sedona Loop Hike
Sedona Loop Hike
Little Grand Canyon Views
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Overview: The Wedge provides an easy to access and spectacular viewpoint over the San Rafael River as it flows through the "Little Grand Canyon" of the San Rafael Swell.
Warning: The Wedge is remote and visitation is light. Travel prepared. Rains can make roads impassible for hours or days. Bring extra water and gas. Due to the elevation - 6284 feet - it can be quite a bit cooler than the surrounding Castle Valley desert and Swell. Since you are generally looking east, the best views can come in the afternoon when the sun is behind you - but be aware that summer monsoon storms in the afternoon can wreak havoc on the roads.
Hike: The Wedge is a deep gorge through the heart of the San Rafael River. A vast quantity of sedimentary rocks are exposed at the Wedge, from Triassic Chinle Formation up through the late Jurassic Morrison Formation near the rim. In between, the various shales and sandstones make a cascading canyon that is truly a sight to behold. The hike, per say, is somewhat limited to walking around on the rim. Some people make longer jaunts up and downstream to get different views. Travel as far as you like - even use it as the jumping-off point for a backpack if you chose. It is hard to find a bad view at The Wedge. In 2001, the site was pretty well undeveloped, but since then pit toilets and establishing camping sites have been established. Please be respectful of the restrictions in place. If you want dispersed camping, there are other places nearby.
Water Sources: None.
Camping: Several camp sites are available at the overlook. Dispersed camping is also possible on the road in.
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