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Wilson Mountain Trail #10Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2014
trekkin_gecko
Hiking11.96 Miles 2,748 AEG
Hiking11.96 Miles   8 Hrs   21 Mns   2.09 mph
2,748 ft AEG   2 Hrs   38 Mns Break
 
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wilson mountain is another hike that i've wanted to do ever since i've had the 100 classic hikes book
i've made at least two attempts when the trail was closed for fire reasons
planned a bear/wilson double with angela and rescheduled twice
this turned out to be the perfect day for it
had a nice breakfast at the coffee pot restaurant and hit the trail around 9:00
the first mile and a half is uphill but a moderate grade through classic sedona terrain
after crossing a drainage with a cool pour off, the trail switchbacks up more steeply
the grade is consistent, allowing for a steady pace
it didn't actually seem that steep until the return, but we stopped often to take photos and admire the views
you gain the first bench of wilson mountain just under three miles, and right at three is the junction with north wilson
we stopped for a snack break at the point and discussed whether we wanted to go to the north overlook, the sedona overlook, or both
the next section climbs to the wilson summit plateau
the trail here is a bit more overgrown and narrow
oak trees provided a bit of fall color, and we could see down into oak creek canyon and also a nice view of the san francisco peaks
upon reaching the point where the sedona overlook trail heads south, we figured out that we had time for both viewpoints and went to the north overlook first
not much elevation change on that mile and a half segment
lots of downed trees to climb over, and fire damage from 2006
the north overlook is awesome, with views down into sterling canyon and oak creek canyon
we spotted vultee arch and some bright red maples
had lunch there and admired the views for half an hour
went back to the junction and then to the sedona overlook another half mile away
nice high perspective of some classic rock formations, airport mesa, sedona and oak creek canyon
not the best light at this point in the afternoon
headed back down with a few photo stops and a short break at the pour off
checked out the views at midgely bridge at the trailhead and found three more hikes to put on the list
hit the blue moon on the way out of town
a fun weekend with good weather, good company and two more peaks
worth waiting for :)
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