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Crusty Trail, AZ

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Distance One Way 0.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,362 feet
Elevation Gain -30 feet
Accumulated Gain 20 feet
Avg Time One Way 30 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 0.57
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Author mt98dew
author avatar Guides 24
Routes 19
Photos 416
Trips 1,782 map ( 10,535 miles )
Age 52 Male Gender
Location Phoenix,Az
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Apr → 7 AM
Sun  6:16am - 6:21pm
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Overview
This is one of eight "new" trails created when the Adobe Jack TH was created. This TH is directly off the 89A between mile markers 374 and 375. There is enough parking for only 5 vehicles. Currently, resort construction is occurring just west of the TH, so parking may be even more impacted. It was created around 2016 in honor of HJ Meaney, also known as Adobe Jack. A sign has been placed at the TH with details of his life. There is no fee for parking at this TH. At the TH, there is an excellent map of the Sedona Trail System and a localized map of the Adobe Jack (Soldier Wash Trails). There is also a bike repair station which is becoming a more common theme with some of the more established Arizona TH. However, there are no restrooms or water at this TH, so come prepared.


Hike
The Crusty Trail is one of the shorter trails in the Sedona Trail System, at 0.52 miles long. But it makes for a great entry trail and allows for numerous loop options of various lengths. The Adobe Jack Trail is the only trail that takes off from this TH. However, the Crusty Trail is readily accessible. It is less than 0.1 miles in to reach the juncture where the Crusty Trail starts. The trail heads in an ENE direction and is initially bordered by a decent size wash to the south, as well as highway 89A, which is a constant companion to this trail. The trail holds its elevation for a short time but quickly drops down to interact with the wash. As is typical for "designed" Sedona trails, the Crusty will twist and turn as it loses elevation in a gradual way that is ideal for hiking, biking, and running. It is incredible how quickly one can lose the sense of civilization by losing a hundred feet. The wash walls will rise on either side, at times up to 40 ft, and the feeling of being on a remote trail would seem very real except for the constant background noise of the 89A. The trail crosses the dry wash six times, providing some classic Sedonaesque pictures of the monolithic red rock. Around 0.5 miles, the trail will seem to rise from the wash. When in reality, the trail's elevation holds steady, and it is the wash that is dropping away from you. The trail ends 0.52 miles at the juncture with the Grand Central Trail. At this point, you have the option of turning around for a nice 1 mile in and out or hooking up with other trails to create a loop of your choosing.

The trail is composed primarily of compact red dirt and can be rocky for short stretches. There are a couple of times where stones have been "placed" to help with elevation changes. This is a nice amenity for the biker community. The foliage is primarily scrub pine (juniper, piñon) but with some true-sized pine trees thrown in.

Since most of this hike takes place in a wash, this is an ideal trail to do at all times of the day. Shade will be more available and last longer in the morning and afternoon hours.

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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.

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To hike
From the roundabout in Sedona (179/89A), follow 89A west for just over 1mile (located between mile marker 374 and 375 - markers are visible on the south side of the road). The TH is located on the north side of the road. Parking is currently limited to 5 vehicles.
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