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Sugarloaf - Sedona, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 1.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,562 feet
Elevation Gain 350 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.95
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Author hippiepunkpirate
author avatar Guides 25
Routes 36
Photos 2,877
Trips 657 map ( 2,276 miles )
Age 35 Male Gender
Location Peoria, AZ
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Sun  5:34am - 7:33pm
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How many Sugarloafs does AZ need?
by hippiepunkpirate

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Out of the numerous mountains in Arizona named Sugarloaf, this one in Sedona is not the most impressive. The hike to the top is not a classic Sedona adventure, and there are many better hikes in the nearby area. The views are good, but let it be known, very influenced by the surrounding cityscape. However, it's a short, easy hike up a small knoll that serves as a great place to hit up if you're passing through town and only have time for a half-hour excursion. It's also good to know that this area isn't over-run by tourists, the most frequent users of this area seem to be locals that live in the neighborhood bordering the forest.

From the small trail-head nestled in the back of a neighborhood, look to the north, and the closest hill looming above you is Sugarloaf. The trail heads north. A forest service panel shows a map of the "Sugarloaf Loop," which could be considered to make this hike slightly longer with a tad more variety. Keep heading north. Any junctions with official trails are signed, but it gets pretty confusing, especially with all the social trails crisscrossing. The infamous Sedona rock barrel cairns attempt to keep you on the "right" route, but don't count on it. Stay right at all the junctions to stay close to the base of Sugarloaf. A fun alternate option is to scramble up the slickrock to the top, or partway and catch the trail again as it nears the summit. Anyway, the path will eventually come to a T, turn right and then take the trail shooting south up to the summit. Pretty soon, you're there! As I said, the cityscape plays a significant role in the view, but you can pretty much see all the major Sedona landmarks. Coffee Pot, Morning Glory Spire, Capitol Butte, and Chimney Rock are all in great view with more distant views of Munds Mountain, Wilson Mountain, and way out to the west, Mingus Mountain. Not a bad place to swing by a catch the sunset.

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2010-02-24 hippiepunkpirate
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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.

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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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To Sugarloaf Trailhead
From the junction of Routes 89A and 179, take 89A west 2 miles to Coffee Pot Drive on the right. Go .5 miles to Sanborn Drive on the left, then .2 miles to Little Elf Drive on the right. Go .2 miles to the end of Little Elf and turn right on Buena Vista Drive for 50 yards to the trailhead parking area on the left.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 124 mi, 2 hours 6 min
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 229 mi, 3 hours 36 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 31.2 mi, 48 mins
page created by hippiepunkpirate on Feb 24 2010 10:43 am
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