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Little Horse Trail #61, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,300 feet
Elevation Gain 330 feet
Accumulated Gain 363 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.71
Backpack No
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Preferred   Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct → 9 AM
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Sun  7:05am - 5:20pm
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Water
Nearby Area Water
Bell Rock Pathway / Vista
0.3 mi away
3.5 mi
232 ft
Gibraltar Rock
Gibraltar Rock
0.3 mi away
HT Trail
0.5 mi away
0.8 mi
64 ft
Bail Trail
0.7 mi away
0.4 mi
114 ft
Twin Buttes Loop
Twin Buttes Loop
0.8 mi away
4.0 mi
673 ft
Chapel Trail - Sedona
0.8 mi away
Hermit Trail - Sedona
Hermit Trail - Sedona
1.0 mi away
0.3 mi
74 ft
Templeton Trail
Templeton Trail
1.0 mi away
3.4 mi
257 ft
Easy Breezy Trail
1.0 mi away
2.2 mi
245 ft
Baby Bell Trail
1.0 mi away
0.2 mi
33 ft
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Flora Nearby
Geology Nearby
Named place Nearby
Chickens ROCK!
by joebartels

Overview
Great trail for beginners. Description is for a 3.75 mi RT hike with 450 ft accumulated gain to Chicken Point and back.

Hike
Head out on the Bell Rock Path south. What I believe to be the best view of Courthouse Butte is yours from the beginning. Little Horse Trail turnoff is a little over a quarter mile in. Turn left onto Little Horse. You leave the wide Bell Rock Path and enter single track heaven.


Enjoy the Sedona forest trail heading towards Madonna and the Praying Nuns. The southeastern edge of Twin Buttes is home to the nuns. The trail takes you around the eastern portion of Twin Buttes. Near the two mile mark you pass through a gate. Chicken Point is up to your left. Broken Arrow Trail along with Jeep tours and mountain bikers make this one popular spot. The views are awesome. Walking out on Chicken Point gave me the feeling of being in an Indian Jones spoof somewhere in Utah.

Standing out on Chicken Point look up to your right. The nuns look like a fun scramble up. Forget it unless you are into dangerous territory. Loose rock on steep sandstone slopes is a recipe for disaster. If you plan on scrambling up to the Nuns, PRAY hard. No POINT in loosing your life for a view of Cathedral Rock. Return back by the same route.

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.

joebartels
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Coconino FS Reports Little Horse Trail begins as part of the Bell Rock Pathway. Follow this wide trail southward for 1/4 mile. Here, at a signed fork, take the old jeep road branching to the left and marked with basket cairns. The road drops to cross a dry streambed, climbs a bit and ends at the 3/4 mile point. The trail continues to the left and climbs moderately, topping out on a large, flat expanse. Turn to the right here. The level trail leads into a stand of Arizona cypress and intersects a trail on the left coming from the chapel as it nears the "Madonna and the Nuns" spires. Nice views. At 1.4 miles, it passes through a gate.

Continue for 150 yards passing the base of the knobs of Chicken Point on the left. Take the path left for a short climb onto the bare rock for wonderful views. This point is used by jeep tours via Broken Arrow Road. Return by the same route for a 3 mile roundtrip hike or exit the area by going north on the Broken Arrow Trail with arranged transportation at its trailhead. The hike can also be extended eastward from the base of Chicken Point into the Wilderness area (no bicycles allowed) on the Jim Bryant Trail. Little Horse Trail is mostly unshaded and hot in summer.

One-Way Notice
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.

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.


Directions
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To hike
From I-17 exit on 298 and head towards Sedona on 179. Pass through the Village of Oak Creek. Keep on going past Bell Rock. Turn right just before mile marker 310 into the Little Horse and Bell Rock Path parking lot. There is a restroom at this trailhead.

From the junction of Routes 89A and 179 in Sedona, take 179 south 3.6 miles to a paved turnout and trailhead parking on the left (east) at milepost 309.8, .2 miles south of the entrance to the United Methodist Church.
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