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Sedona Hike: Hungover Elephant, AZ
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Sedona Hike: Hungover Elephant, AZ 
Sedona Hike: Hungover Elephant, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 21 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.10 Miles 2,514 AEG
Hiking12.10 Miles   6 Hrs   11 Mns   2.73 mph
2,514 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break
 
It has been a long time since I have hiked on the Hangover Trail, and Tracie had never been, so we decided to head up to the red rock country of Sedona. I also wanted to check out Elephant Arch and the other arches above the Hangover Trail, so we checked that box also.

We started and ended the hike at the Huckaby TH. Schnebly Hill Road was paved all the way to the TH, although the road is not in pristine condition. In fact, the pavement in the TH parking lot was better than the road.

We decided to hike all the way on the Munds Wagon Trail to the Munds Wagon TH. This added about 2.5 miles and 550' of elevation gain to the hike as opposed to just doing the Cow Pies-Hangover Loop. The views were nice on the ascent up to the TH, so it was worth it.

We did the loop CCW, so on the way back down we took the Cow Pies Trail up to the Hangover Trail. In spite of Cow Pies odoriferous name, there is nothing to step on that will ruin your day!

The Hangover Trail was the highlight of the hike. It was fun to hike on and there were some awesome views along the view. It was cool on the west side of Mitten Ridge seeing the cliffs literally hang over the trail.

While on Mitten Ridge, before making our way on the west side of the ridge, I tried unsuccessfully to locate a sinkhole that some others talked about in their triplogs. I reviewing my route, I must have walked right past the sinkhole -- thankfully I did not fall in! From the saddle atop Mitten Ridge, we went for a short distance on the Damifino Trail, and then bushwhacked up to the cliff walls in our futile search for the sinkhole.

I have read that there is an interesting bit of history behind the name of the Damifino Trail. Back in the day, a survey crew was in the area, and one surveyer asked another what the name of the canyon was. The second surveyer's respone was "damn if I know". So now you know how the trail acquired its name!

On the initial part of the hike, I had spotted Elephant Arch and 3 other arches high above us. I believe that some folks refer to this as Window Rock. On the way back on the Hangover Trail, we went off trail and climbed up to Elephant Arch. I would have gone over to the other 3 smaller arches but the wind was blowing like crazy, so we decided to save the other arches for another day.

On the way out I wound up hiking quite a bit on Schebly Hill Rd. instead of staying on the Munds Wagon Trail. I did not make that mistake on the way back, which was fortunate since there were lots of jeeps on the jeep road in the afternoon.

imho, this hike is a keeper!
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
There was not much in the way of wildflowers. I saw a few lupines and a couple of cool claret cup cactus, but that was about it.
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