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Wilson Mountain Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 18 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,531 feet
Elevation Gain 3,600 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 36
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, May, Mar
Sun  7:03am - 5:21pm
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Wilson Mountain Loop is a 18 mile round trip hike with 3,600 feet elevation gain. Located 22 miles south-southwest of Flagstaff Arizona. Trailhead access is via a dirt road which is typically car accessible when dry. April and October are the best months to enjoy this hike.

Overview: From Brins Mesa TH, I'd recommend hiking clockwise on Brins Mesa, 2 miles north along Dry Creek Rd, to east on Vultree Arch trail to saddle, down Sterling Pass trail, south along Oak Creek or 89A to North Wilson Mt trail, climb up to the first bench, take an extra 3 mile sidetrip up to Wilson Mt if you have the time & energy, hike down South Wilson Mt trail, across Wilson Canyon to Jim Thompson trail, and finally hike by Steamboat Rock back to you vehicle.

This is a difficult hike. It would be insane to attempt this entire hike without prior experience hiking.

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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.

Red Rock - Secret Mountain Wilderness
see map for camping restrictions

Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To Jordan Trailhead
Jordan Trailhead
From the Sedona Y (Junction 89A and 179) go north east, towards Uptown Sedona, for 0.3 miles. Turn left into Jordan Rd and follow Jordan Rd for 0.8 miles to a T intersection with Park Ridge Drive. Turn left on Park Ridge Drive to the end of the pavement and continue on a fairly bumpy dirt road (but passable for passenger cars) for about 0.7 miles to parking and trailhead.

Brins Mesa West
You may want to use this trailhead if you're planning to do a car shuttle hike between the west and east Brins Trail. From the Sedona Y (Junction 89A and 179) go west towards West Sedona and Cottonwood for 3.1 miles. At the Dry Creek Road light, turn right (north) and follow the paved Dry Creek Road for 2.1 miles. You'll be looking for a well marked turn-off to the right, which is variously labeled FR 152, Vultee Arch Road or Dry Creek Road. Whatever its name, it's the only dirt road going north west in the general area. Follow the quite bumpy road (but passable for passenger cars) for about 2.4 miles, past the Devil's Bridge Trail parking area. You'll get to the Brins Mesa Tr sign on the right and will find ample parking.

Soldiers Pass Trailhead
An alternate trailhead about 1.2 hiking miles away from the Jordan Road Trailhead. You may want to use it if you're going to do one of many loop hikes. From the Sedona Y (Junction 89A and 179) go west towards West Sedona and Cottonwood for 1.2 miles to the first light and turn right into Soldiers Pass Road. Follow the winding Soldiers Pass Road north for 1.5 miles to Rim Shadows Drive. There is a small brown trail sign there. Turn right and go on for less than 0.2 miles. The names of the roads are screwy around here, but there are little brown signs steering you to the parking area. The parking is on the left, up a gated drive (only open from 8am to 6pm!) with a limited number of parking spots.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 123 mi, 2 hours 16 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 228 mi, 3 hours 56 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 29.3 mi, 41 mins
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