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Hermit Trail - Sedona, AZ

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Distance One Way 0.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,312 feet
Elevation Gain -68 feet
Accumulated Gain 74 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 0.55
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Slim Shady Trail
5  2017-07-22 HAZardous
Author HAZardous
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Location mesa, az
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Seasons   Late Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:10am - 6:34pm
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Not to be confused with the Grand Canyon trail, this is arguably one of the worst trails in the Sedona area, with traffic noise from SR-179 and limited views. None the less, it performs the vital function of connecting the Yavapai Point trailhead with the Templeton trail, right at the Templeton tunnel under southbound 179. At least it is short.

This trail follows and crosses washes through typical Sedona vegetation, including juniper, scrub oak, manzanita, prickly pear, and yucca. The view to the east is blocked by the elevated highway. Generally, you are hiking down in washes, so the view to the west sucks as well, though the Transept shows through occasionally. A nice view of Bell Rock pops up over the asphalt at the end of the trail if southbound. The trail is well marked, well maintained, and easy to follow.

I use this trail for closing the Hiline-Templeton loop when I am leading others, rather than Slim Shady, for three reasons: 1) Route finding is slightly easier, and at the end of a hike with a spread-out group of random abilities, that counts. 2) Anything you would see from Slim Shady, you already had a better view from Hiline. 3) Most importantly, it is faster, which means we get to the bar sooner.

Indeed not a destination trail but documented here, so the GPS track you need for your loop plan has a home.

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2017-07-25 HAZardous
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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
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.

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To Yavapai Trailhead
From the "Y" in Sedona, proceed 4.8 miles south on SR-179 to the Yavapai Point Vista.

From Phoenix, proceed north on 17 to SR-179, pass through the Village of Oak Creek, make a U-turn at Back-o-beyond drive, and drive south on 179 to 1.5 miles Yavapai Point Vista.

Fee or Red Rock Pass Required.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 1 h 49 min (119 miles)
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 3 h 16 min (224 miles)
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 51 min (33.2 miles)
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