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Munds Mountain Trail #77Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2011
skatchkins
Hiking6.20 Miles 402 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   5 Hrs      1.24 mph
402 ft AEG
 
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Plan us an easy trip.

I'd rather lead a group to a place I've been. They had planned the date a little late for fall color so I figured since Schnebly Hill Rd was open for the week, we'd do a Sedona overlook trail.

On the way there my brother-in-law's truck broke down behind me. I had just secured the strap on his truck to at least get it off the highway and down the road into Cordes Junction but a Dutch Highway Patrolman stopped us and said he couldn't let us do it because it was illegal. (There's only two things I hate in this world: people who are intolerant of other people's cultures and the Dutch.) As he watched me unhook the truck he randomly told us there was no law on the books about people riding on the roof racks of vehicles. Then he watched 8 people climb into my Xterra and drive unfettered in our plan towards Sedona.

Schnebly was indeed open and not too bad (for the people in actual seats. Last time I had taken the 153A in a few feet short of the SH Vista. The 801 is listed on the map as more maintained so I gave that a shot. No maintenance was seen by my eyes or suspension, just mud, rock, and juicy 4wd stuff. We should have stopped and grabbed helmets for the back-back riders wedged in the hatch area. The 801 led me to the 9995F which I took until reaching the fence and Committee Tank.

Everyone squeezed out and I led my sardines in further bandito like fashion under the fence. I herded them away from the cows and out to a look out point to pick up the main trail. There was a golf cart parked nearby, but no occupants.

The elevation climb to the top of Munds (that I neglected mentioning) went pretty quick and everyone liked the beginning of the views into Sedona. 3 miles with a group is a long trip. I'm more of a "We're getting close," guy instead of "It's a couple more miles," person.

The muddy trail showed a couple other people's footprints besides being riddled with deep elk prints. We came across a large nonbackpackinglike tent that presumably belonged to the parked sideXside's occupants but no one was home.

We finally made it to the overlook for Devil's Kitchen and Chicken Corners. We relaxed for a while, ate, and chucked rocks before heading back.

My initial plan had us continuing on down the hill and eating in Sedona, but we were running late and needed to get a tow still for the disabled truck so we ate some Sonic in Camp Verde then met the tow driver and went home.
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