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Airport Loop TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 08 2018
tibber
Hiking5.03 Miles 765 AEG
Hiking5.03 Miles   2 Hrs   31 Mns   2.22 mph
765 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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After lunch we headed up to do the Loop to do our second hike of the day. With no parking available at the TH off the road we parked at the overflow up at the airport for $3.

We took the Sedona View connector trail .6 to the Airport Loop. We climbed up to the vista point for a quick moment to take in the views and then headed clockwise on the trail. The trail was rockier than I thot it would be but it's a fun trail that had very little ups and down as it makes it way south and then west up to the mesa top. You have wonderful views but mostly of Cathedral Rock and down to the Creek where the trees are still mostly naked altho the Cottonwoods are starting to leaf out.

Once on the mesa you start veering to the WNW. Kelly did the Table Top spur trail as she had not done that yet. I, on the other hand, opted to plop myself down and put my feet up under a tree. I caught some pictures of the scenery from there, not bad at all. Before I knew it Kelly was knocking at the door and we were on our way down a hill and up a hill and then down a longer hill as we curved around the west side of the mesa. It seemed we went down a lot and I feared we would be doing the opposite to join back up with the road but the up wasn't much and the grade was nice. Of course the views to the north are pretty spectacular to say the least.

We joined up with the Sedona View Trail and headed on up that trail; once again the grade was very nice and there was a bit of a breeze as there had been for a lot of this hike. The views on both of these trails are pretty special and certainly a good 360 of Sedona.

Once back at the lot, we had our beers before heading home after stopping at Circle K to get some snacks. We were lucky that the drive back was pretty effortless which is always a surprise. Thx Kelly for another great day of Sedona hiking.

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