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Hot / Jacks LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2019
joebartels
Hiking19.53 Miles 3,067 AEG
Hiking19.53 Miles   9 Hrs   3 Mns   2.47 mph
3,067 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break
 
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Based on my 2014 triplog today was my first counter-clockwise hike. It was bugging me that I thought I'd hiked it with jj but most of upper Horse Mesa felt like a first today. Apparently different scenery CCW with a slower pace makes a difference.

Per usual the humongous parking lot was empty. Just us and one other group. For CCW you need to hike SW through the parking lot. We started off on a trail that heads directly east to Horse Mesa. Interestingly it looks like it goes for a while on satellite. Almost a shortcut up the mesa. Maybe for a seasonal waterfall or ruins, who knows?

In a nutshell the upper 3 miles of Hot Loop Trail #94 then the upper 4 miles of Jack's Canyon Trail #55 is the glory. The 2.5 miles up top that bridges the two is okay. The balance of the 10 lower miles has probably never spawned a like social media.

We started hiking just before 7:30am with nice cool morning air among totally wild flowers. After a short navigation blunder the trail was easy to follow.

Further up Hot Loop Trail #94 large cairns keep you true. Occasional light brush, easy to follow. 7.3 miles in Arizona Cypress Trees make the hike special.

Noticed water trickling and crossed a damp slab of moss at one point. A couple overhead views of Wood's Canyon. Nothing as spectacular as a hike through the canyon. Only small pools of water down in Woods.

The final switchback up Hot Loop Trail #94 needs a clip. Luckily most of the overgrow brush is hiker friendly.

We lunched under a nice juniper on the upper crossover. Chilly after 20+ minutes but obviously warmed up back in the sun. As mentioned above, the upper 4 miles of Jack's Canyon Trail #55 is pretty nice IMO.

The lower section back to the trailhead isn't anyone's favorite. A nice breeze kept the spirits in check.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
several large dense fields of owl clover among other lighter seasonals
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