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Mescal Trail - Sedona, AZ

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Distance One Way 2.57 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,492 feet
Elevation Gain 154 feet
Accumulated Gain 206 feet
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24  2019-06-23
Mescal Mountain Loop
11  2019-04-20
Chuckwagon - Mescal - Deadman's pass - Long Ca
30  2018-06-16
Mescal Mountain - Long Canyon
15  2018-06-16
Mescal Mountain - Long Canyon
15  2018-06-16
Mescal Mountain - Long Canyon
11  2017-11-26
Dead Long Chuck Mescal
37  2017-11-26
Mescal Mountain Loop with Chuckwagon
5  2014-02-02
Mescal Mountain
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Mescal Trail runs from Long Canyon Trail on the NW terminus to Chuckwagon Trail on the SE terminus. There is a trailhead where Mescal crosses Long Canyon Road ( paved ) a quarter mile up from the SE end.

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Mescal Trail - Sedona
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Mescal Mountain - Long Canyon
Mescal Trail
Semi dreaded this one heading in. Turned out to be a winner. Red rock views galore over a red rock course that holds your interest. Overcast and sprinkles are the ticket in June.

Deadmans Pass
Once again better than anticipated. The views, weather & company synced well.

Long Canyon Trail #122
Like Fay Canyon the forest alone has merit. Just a good hike if you follow the trail. Any scramble you survive will probably net a better experience. Ruins will be the main attraction for most. Looked similar to other rock pueblos but the approach was an impressive short adventure. Scratched a 17 year itch just enough to rekindle a quicker return. Speaking of which, there is some trophy poison ivy in this canyon.

Mescal Mountain
Heading in this intrigued me slightly more than the mountain bike trail around the perimeter. The pitch up albeit different than the scree chute to Brown's Peak rates a similar effort. Serious class 3 but not really class 4. Which means most will tackle it without hemming and hawing. The views up top are good. That said the perimeter trail is just as impressive in my opinion.

Sedona was a big piece of getting me interested in this despicably boring activity. Three previously traveled areas this year alone have netted unexpected new views and interest.
Mescal Trail - Sedona
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Mescal Mountain - Long Canyon
The break in the June weather, moved this hike up on my list. Temps 70's and light to medium drizzle for a good portion of the day, made for some interesting cloud formations.

All of these trails were new to me and Long Canyon's been on the list for awhile. Starting at the Mescal TH, on the Mescal Trail, we were all surprised by how nice this trail and views were.

Deadmans Pass Trail is all about the views. The entrance to Boynton Canyon, Dutchwoman, Mescal Mountain and the entrance to our first set of adventures, Long Canyon.

I had a set of ruins and a 70' tall ladder on the agenda to find, with a few other ruins and a trip past the end of trail as options.

We took Long Canyon Trail to "Butt Rock" and started the 700' climb past the three sisters. The views got better the higher we got. The ruins are a pretty well preserved 3 room structure. There are corn cobs, hemp and shards in the area. They sure picked a sweet spot. The best part of this spot is it's echo. I've never heard a location that echoed like this one. [ youtube video ]

Next up, was to look for the ladder. I'd seen photos of it, and a cryptic idea of the location. The area we searched was a bust. I need to do some more research.

We skipped the search for more ruins to go past the "End of Trail" and look for a way up and out of the canyon. There is a well worn path for a good portion. There is a steep climb, head through a subway, up again and go.

We retreated from Long Canyon and decided we'd finish the day with trip to the top of Mescal Mountain on the way back. The initial climb from Deadmans Trail, was more of a matter of finding a way through the brush. After the initial climb, we made our way across the ridge to the final climb. Looking at it quickly from afar, it did not look like it was going to happen. We got up to the edge and Karl found a path up. Good views for sure up top. Getting down was surprisingly much easier than getting [ youtube video ]

We saw only a handful of people all day.
Good times in Sedona
Mescal Trail - Sedona
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Mescal Mountain Loop with Chuckwagon
Time to see how the knee would do so I found this hike, even though Kelly had done part of it before. I made a bigger loop with little ups and downs through Sedona's beautiful redrock country. My knee did well but I gave out at about the seven mile mark; plus it got a little warm. We drove up the back way via Cottonwood and took one of the last few spots at the Boynton TH.

We headed up in the very cool shade of Deadmans Pass Trail with great views to our north. We encountered about 6 other hiker/bikers on this stretch. As we came toward Long Canyon we got to see some yellowing tall trees where we hooked up with the Chuckwagon Trail. This trail is only a few years old.

We continued east as we stayed high above Dry Creek below but had nice vistas every which way with the main one being Lost Wilson and Wilson Mountains. We spotted Devil's Bridge so I did some zooming altho you wouldn't know it was the Bridge unless you knew it was the bridge if you know what I mean. We saw some houses just before we dropped down into the creek bed. What a great backyard they have :) . It was interesting terrain down here before we climbed back up to once again see our vistas and eventually start heading west.

We had lunch at a scenic overpour with views toward Maroon Mountain. As we continued further it almost felt we were on a bit of a ridge/plateau. We could see Doe Mountain in the distance as well before we hooked up with the Mescal Trail and started heading north and west. Coming up from the drainage at the Mescal TH is when the sun started getting to me and I began losing my mojo. We were nearing the seven mile mark and agreed to take a break when we reached that mark but ended going a little farther and taking advantage of the last shade before you head around Mescal Mountain.

Oh Mescal Mountain, you are a beauty. Not only the mountain itself but the views along the way continue to dazzle; especially as you round the long corner and head north. And that's when it really dawned on me why Kelly didn't object to doing this trail again. The trail around the mountain is nice and only has a couple pay attention to your footing moments. We saw a rather large cave that looks like it might be fun to check out and of course Kelly does want to summit it one day.

It got a little warm as we finished off so I was glad we were done. Plus I'm still a bit weak after nearly a month of any good solid physical activity. (A note, it does seem the bikers go counterclockwise.) We both enjoyed our beer. We were presented with two rock hearts by a gentleman walking around the parking lot. It's supposed to bring us something but I can't remember what. Anyway, it was a thoughtful gesture.

Thanks again Kelly for a great hike and your patience. At least with the slower pace you have lots of great stuff to look at.
Later we headed to That Brewery in Cottonwood but they don't serve food and with it being Sunday, other options were closed. We ended up eating at the Black Bear Diner and come to find out, they have a few other franchises here in the Valley. The drive back was not bad except for going up the hill as it was backed up clear to the intersection we came out on. Fortunately, it stayed steady and we made it back with only one other minor slowdown.

Video 1 - Deadman's Pass onto Chuckwagon Trail via Long Canyon
Video 2 - Chuckwagon Trail
Video 3 - Chuckwagon Trail onto Mescal Trail
Video 4 - Mescal Trail and Mountain
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Mescal Trail - Sedona
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Dead Long Chuck Mescal
angela's knee was healed enough to try this scenic sedona combo
criteria was eight to ten miles, not much elevation gain
deadman's pass, long canyon, chuckwagon and mescal for a clockwise loop
i've done the mescal mountain loop a couple times, but angela added a big chunk of chuckwagon for some extra mileage
got going around 0930, in cool temps and not much breeze
not as many hiking these trails as there might have been on Boynton canyon
we did see some hikers and mountain bikers later on
took a lunch break in a little pouroff/amphitheater with comfy seating in the shade, then another snack break along mescal
angela's knee held up well
had some early dinner at black bear diner in cottonwood, then headed back down I-17 with one slowdown going up the hill from camp verde - not bad
thanks for driving, angela
nice getting out with you again :)
next time will have to take a look at summiting mescal mountain
Mescal Trail - Sedona
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up early sunday morning to do this loop
deadman's pass to long canyon to mescal trail
took a side trip up vista trail
think there's a vortex up there
23 degrees to start with, maybe upper 30s when i finished
no wind, so it was fine
no people until i got back on deadman's pass
Mescal Trail - Sedona
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great morning hike with my mom and my brother
deadman's pass, long canyon trail to the road, then mescal trail along the base of mescal mountain and back on deadman's pass
there is a connector trail that skips the road, but we didn't realize it at the time
mescal trail must be relatively new, and there are several other newer trails in that area
if anyone know how long it is, chime in, as i am just guessing at the mileage on this loop
one stretch of mescal follows a ledge halfway up the mountain and it was super cool
my mom did pretty well on that part, even though she doesn't care for slanted slickrock with a dropoff :o
the mountain is definitely climbable, too
a nice hike capping a great weekend in sedona with family :)
had lunch at the mesa grill on airport mesa - cool spot

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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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