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Wilson Canyon Trail #49, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance One Way 1.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,368 feet
Elevation Gain 486 feet
Accumulated Gain 537 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.29
 Interest Historic
 Backpack No
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Routes 18
Photos 2,902
Trips 183 map ( 722 miles )
Age 64 Male Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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Sun  7:28am - 5:53pm
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🔥 2006 Brins Fire4.3k
🔥 2006 Brins16.1 mi*
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A Tiny Slice of Red Rock Heaven
by paulhubbard

Wilson Canyon Trail #49 is an easy hike amongst the red rocks and junipers, barely miles from downtown Sedona. While there's no surprise waterfalls and no stunning finish, you do get treated to some great views of the cliffs, canyons, and red rocks that make Oak Creek Canyon such a magical place. If you're looking for a fun little kid-friendly hike just outside of Sedona, this may fit the bill.

The trail starts at the Midgely Bridge parking area. Just walk straight past the Huckaby Trail on the left and the Wilson Mountain Trail #10 on the right and head up the canyon. The going is very easy, and there's quite a bit of shade. The trail crosses a creek bed five or six times. Even on a warm day in July, there was enough shade to make the walking comfortable. We ran across several families, one even pushing a 3-wheeled stroller. When you reach the end of the official trail (and you'll know it from the HUGE cairn telling you so), look to your right, and you'll see a small scramble up to the next ledge. That's where you'll be able to take in the views, so don't pass it up. When you come to a wall, that's pretty much the end of the line. You can scramble up and around the west (left) side of the wall, but it doesn't afford any better views, and it's pretty slick with lots of loose rocks.

Return the way you came.

You could tack on a hike up to Steamboat Rock or down the Huckaby Trail #161 for a dip in Oak Creek for additional fun and distance.

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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.

Paved - Car Okay

To Midgely Trailhead
From I-17 exit on 298 and head west towards Sedona. From Downtown Sedona head north on Highway 89a for approximately 3 miles to Midgley Bridge. There's ample parking on the north west side of the bridge.

Location: 22 miles south of Flagstaff (2 miles north of Sedona) on paved roads in scenic Oak Creek Canyon. Elevation ranges from 4600' to 6900'.

Access: Drive 22 miles south of Flagstaff or 2 miles north of Sedona on U. S. 89A. The trailhead is just north of Midgely Bridge where you'll find a small parking lot and a monument to Richard Wilson who was killed by a grizzly in this area in 1885.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 123 mi - about 2 hours 4 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 228 mi - about 3 hours 32 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 26.5 mi - about 40 mins
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