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9 by photographer avatarAugustWest
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Wilson Mountain Trail #10Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2021
AugustWest
Hiking19.14 Miles 4,515 AEG
Hiking19.14 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   2.83 mph
4,515 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
 
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Arrived at the Huckaby Trailhead (off Schnebly Hill Rd.) at about 8:30. The parking lot was almost full of cars with mostly out of state license plates. Probably has something to do with the road changing from asphalt to dirt right at the turnoff.

The original plan was Wilson Mountain Loop, but I had my dog Luna with me and it seemed pretty irresponsible to walk 89A with her for a mile. So I chose to approach Wilson Mountain from a trailhead that would offer similar distance and elevation gain, but without the loop.

Huckaby Trail is urban in its general inclination and environs with cascading views of Sedona condos and apartment buildings with the famous red rock geological formations in the background. It is only when the trail dives into the canyon do things perk up when the trail meets Oak Creek. Crossing Oak Creek and climbing up to Midgley Bridge was fun as the creek was running really hard at the narrowest spot I could find to cross.

Once up on Wilson Mountain Trail which takes off close to the latrine at the Midgley Bridge Trailhead the views were more sublime, but the highway noise was evident for the first mile and a half.

I didn't find Wilson Mountain Trail to be very strenuous. It is a well built path that gets enough traffic to be easy to follow and clear of brush and deadfall. The mountain does look pretty high up along the way, but nothing ever felt very steep or rugged.

Once up at the top I visited both overlook sites. The North Canyon Overlook was a little more interesting, but both overlooks were really beautiful and definitely the highlight of the day. Interestingly, the cell service is pretty fantastic at the top. I received a call from a client and ended up talking for about a half hour at the Sedona Overlook.

I saw probably 20 people all day except at and around the trailheads. I guess that is pretty good for Sedona standards. Nothing felt crowded, but virtually every person I passed masked up as they saw me coming. Its like everyone read the same article in the New York Times that this is what you do when you hike :?

Sedona as a town is basically a clogged artery and the hiking is somewhat interesting, but is really not up my alley. Nonetheless with this trip all I need is a visit to the Grand Canyon at some point in 2021 to maintain my Arizona residency requirements and to remain in the good graces of my 20 or so Instagram followers.
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