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Munds Mountain Trail #77Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 04 2016
John9L
Hiking9.43 Miles 1,778 AEG
Hiking9.43 Miles
1,778 ft AEG
 
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Lee and I wanted to get out for a moderate hike in the snow and he suggested Munds Mountain overlooking Sedona. I thought that was a great suggestion so I looked over some triplogs and photosets and built a route for us. I wasn’t sure how our driving access would be after the storm one week before so I came up with two different approaches to reach the trailhead. The driving route most people take is off FR 801 which can get rough according to several reports. I looked over a map and saw you can also take 153A. I figured we could hike this road roughly two miles to reach the trailhead if needed.

Lee, Claire & I met at the Happy Valley Park n Ride and made the drive up. As we neared the Schnebly Hill turnoff we noticed lots of snow. This was going to turn into an adventure! We drove the few miles down the snowy & muddy Schnebly Hill and turned off onto 801. The road was covered in snow & ice and was very muddy & rocky. We decided to bail on this option and continued another half mile to the west and parked off FR153A. From there we started the hike in. This turned out to be easy road walking and we hit the true trailhead within an hour.

Once on the Munds Mountain trail we had to cross the barb wire fence. We found the gate later more to the north near the tank. We hit the trail and dropped to the saddle at the top of Jacks Canyon and then made the 400 ft climb to the summit of Munds. Once up top we spotted a herd of roughly a dozen elk. We admired the views and then headed south on the Munds Mountain Trail. The going was easy but a bit hard to follow with all the snow & mud & game trails. Our goal was a plateau that juts out to the west overlooking Sedona. We went off trail and headed for this plateau. It took some work to reach the point but was well worth the effort. We were greeted with epic views over Sedona! We took our lunch and admired this wonderful spot.

After lunch we started our return and made steady progress back to the high point and then continued back to the trailhead. Once back the road was very muddy as it was mid-afternoon and was fairly warm. We sloshed and slipped our way back to Lee’s Xterra. We were both glad we didn’t try to drive any closer as the mud might have been an adventure trying to drive out. We were back to the Park n Ride around 4pm.

Munds Mountain is a fantastic hike and I would definitely go there again. The views are epic and we only saw one other person the entire day. Thanks Lee for the suggestion and thanks for driving!
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