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Wilson Mountain Trail #10Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2017
friendofThundergod
Hiking10.15 Miles 2,731 AEG
Hiking10.15 Miles
2,731 ft AEG
 
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Pine Mountain Wilderness was the objective today, however, we hit some mud on that way in that was saying otherwise. In fact, I was very lucky to have been able to even get the Xterra turned around, so after our morning tour of Dugas, it was back to the highway and a plan B, Wilson Mountain.

It was still raining pretty good when we reached the trailhead, so we waited a half a half an hour in the car before stepping off. We didn't have to buy a red rock pass, because access was free due to the holiday. We started to a light drizzle, but it quit pretty quickly, however, the effects of a couple days of rain and snow were very evident. The trail is pretty much flowing like a robust creek right now, with ankle deep water in spots and every step-up transformed into a small cascade. The views back into Sedona were great and there were also several small waterfalls in the drainages paralleling the trail that made it very hard to put down the camera in the first few miles. After we hit the saddle, the snow started. We ended up putting on micro-spikes for the final 2 miles and while it could have been done without them, we were happy to have them. By the time we reached 6700-7000 feet, we were breaking new trail and trudging along through foot deep snow. We took a small break near the end of the official route and then headed back down. Jackie spotted an amazing waterfall across 89, so we made a detour down North Wilson Mountain Trail to find a good vantage point, but I struck out on the first viewpoint and quickly lost my zeal after an even heavier fog moved in. We hiked through a snow, sleet, rain precip. combo as we made our way down and Jackie got a little cold, but we made it. The TH/viewpoint parking was full by the time we arrived and the rain steady, so it did not take much time to load the dogs, drop the wet gear and get out of there with the heat on high.

What a great plan B, something tells me Wilson Mountain probably blew the doors off whatever the Verde Rim Trail and Pine Mountain had to offer today. The conditions, although bothersome at times, created some spectacular views and a sublime setting that probably elevated this hike to one of the better ones I have done in recent memory.
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