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Sedona Loop Hike
Sedona Loop Hike
Moo, Meow, Forget it
This is a trail that shortcuts from the Salt Flat Trail #71 over to the Nelson Trail #159. It leaves the Salt Flat Trail before the steep descent to the trailhead and proceeds generally south to intersect the Nelson Trail about halfway to old Nelson Place.
The trail is overgrown, with lots of catclaw. Trees only allow passage for those under 3 feet tall. The upper section is confusing due to many cow trails that are better quality than the actual trail.
If you wish to ruin a good day hiking, try taking this trail which is a steep alternative to descending the mesa down the Salt Flat Trail.
At the northern end of this trail is a large hiker/horse pass through the barbed wire fence on the Salt Flat Trail, where the gate is located just south of the trail about 0.4 miles from the start of the Salt Flat Trail. The southern end of this trail is now a camping area with a signpost, but no sign, roughly halfway between the trailhead and old Nelson place, on the north side of the creek.
In between the trail is not much more than loose rocks with evidence of past usage, but nothing besides cows for perhaps the last 10 years. Overgrowth is so bad that it is often better to hike 15 feet to one side of the trail or the other. Splinter cow paths make it confusing which is the actual trail. Catclaw presents a problem on many occasions. The trail is fairly steep, rocky, and there is little shade.
This trail has been removed from recent maps and may be officially decommissioned by the forest service, but I wasn't able to definitely find info on this.
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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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