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Munds Wagon-Cowpies-Hangover, AZ
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Munds Wagon-Cowpies-Hangover, AZ 
Munds Wagon-Cowpies-Hangover, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2016
trekkin_gecko
Hiking9.73 Miles 1,620 AEG
Hiking9.73 Miles   6 Hrs   3 Mns   2.32 mph
1,620 ft AEG   1 Hour   51 Mns Break
 
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angela and i were due for a trip to sedona
wanted to go up saturday, but all reasonable lodging was booked
had to pick one good hike, so angela chose this one after seeing what bruce, joe and denny posted recently
set out on munds wagon trail, and even though it was along schnebly hill road with a stream of pink jeeps, the trail is far enough away and above or below the road most of the time so it's not obtrusive
the trail follows the bear wallow canyon drainage, with flowing water at times
some wooded shady parts, too
came to the hangover intersection and decided to do the loop counterclockwise, continuing on munds wagon trail
a slight climb to a road crossing and the start of cowpies
pretty short trail, ascending up onto slickrock, looking down at bear wallow canyon, and up at mitten ridge
we took some time to wander out on some of the slickrock sections just above the canyon
fun to hike on the sandstone and look down some of the drop-offs to the road and trail
crossed back to the hangover intersection, complete with a sign warning of exposure
this was an awesome trail, featuring three distinctly different sections
first, a climb on slickrock up to a prominent saddle that has some of the best sedona area views i've seen
next, dropping just under the high peaks of mitten ridge along a narrow shelf and then down to another saddle near proboscis arch
the trail finishes on the south side of mitten ridge, initially on slickrock and then through a nice wooded section before ending back at munds wagon trail
headed on back with one short snack break
took a lot of photos
views were just incredible throughout the hike
nice breeze at times
there were only a few sketchy places on hangover trail, for me mostly going down steep slickrock covered in sand
anywhere there was a dropoff, the trail was good
it might be easier to do the loop clockwise, thereby climbing the steeper rock
great hike, nice day, good company and an enjoyable late lunch at the blue moon
excellent choice, angela :)
can see why the eagle likes it so much
highly recommended - i'm a little surprised there are not more triplogs on it
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