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Huckaby Trail #161, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
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Distance One Way 2.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,471 feet
Elevation Gain -174 feet
Accumulated Gain 626 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.99
Interest Perennial Creek
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Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 253
Routes 841
Photos 12,826
Trips 5,229 map ( 26,536 miles )
Age 52 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Sun  5:32am - 7:35pm
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by joebartels

Get ready Arizona! Experience one of Arizona's best! The Huckaby Trail! My first venture on the Huckaby Trail left me with good memories. From Schnebly Hill Road the trailhead is well built. Plenty of parking, good trail information, and a restroom. This trailhead is a few hundred yards away from the original trail to make room for parking. You could park in the lower parking area and save a few steps.

A few cairns and signs guide you on your way in the beginning. The first of two descents are encountered right away. Early 1999 this was bulldozed to make the trail flow easy. On your way back up the other side, you can look over and see the trail going down. I'm sure some will complain about the width of the trail and how it isn't natural at that point. All I have to say is if you don't get out there and volunteer don't complain.

Okay, continuing up from the wash the trail is easy to find. Vistas start popping up around each turn. Looking to the South back over Schnebly Hill Road is the terminus of Munds Mountain. Snoopy is taking a nap there! I swear! The small rock making up Snoop's nose is limestone which is less erosive than the Schnebly Hill Sandstone below. Marg's Draw Trail takes you around that formation. Munds Mountain got its name from Jim Munds who started the route we call Schnebly Hill today. Schnebly Hill Road acquired its name from the homestead of Sedona Schnebly near the road's end.

Views to the east offer Capitol Butte along with Coffeepot Rock. About a mile into the hike the trail gets closer to busy Highway 89A. The peace and quiet along with the Junipers fade away. Oak Creek opens up below with awesome birds-eye views. Following along high above Oak Creek you get a beautiful view of Steamboat Rock in front of Wilson Mountain. As the trail begins descending you might find it hard to believe this is also a mountain bike trail!

Once down to creek level you are following a section of the old Inner Gorge Trail. This will take you Northeast to our turn-around point where the creek bends to your right. From this point, you look up to a spectacular view of the Midgely Bridge. You can continue to skirt the creek and hop the rocks to close by Grasshopper Point and the very popular Allen's Bend. Return by the same route. I found it amazing to travel so quick and easy from Schnebly Hill Road to just below the Midgley Bridge. I could not convince myself the elevation loss on this trail was only 200 feet. After thoroughly studying the topographical maps I found this to be true. I even did a computer-generated trail and it came up -201. All in all, this is a great trail. Easy enough for most and super multi-views along the way. Enjoy!

According to the 2018 FS map camping is not allowed on any portion of this trail.

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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

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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.

Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To hike
Very easy to find. Follow Schnebly Hill Road 0.4 miles past the end of the payment. The trailhead parking is on the left. Restroom at the trailhead!
90+° 8am - 6pm kills

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