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Telephone Thomas Point Loop from 253, AZ
mini location map2021-07-31
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Telephone Thomas Point Loop from 253, AZ 
Telephone Thomas Point Loop from 253, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 31 2021
hikerdw
Hiking8.72 Miles 1,459 AEG
Hiking8.72 Miles   4 Hrs   11 Mns   2.40 mph
1,459 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
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Saved the best hike for the last full day in Munds Park. Keeping with the plan to do hikes near our VRBO I figured a short five mile drive fit. I got this loop hike idea from a hike posted by @joebartels and @The_Eagle back in 2019. Parked off Willard Springs Road aka FR253 and headed for the Telephone Trail start. Very pretty road walk and the trail was easy to locate. Telephone is very steep but overall in great shape. Enjoyed the peepholes. Views along the way down were outstanding. Reached 89A in no time and walked south to the start of the Thomas Point Trail, stopping to pick a few apples along the way. Thomas Point is a great trail up as the grade is steady but even most of the way. Got to the top in no time. On the walk back to the car the rain started so we stopped and covered the packs which was a good plan as the rain started coming down in buckets. We found a little shelter to try and wait it out but after 20 minutes or so decided to carry on in the rain. When we reached the car we were both drenched so just loaded up and headed back to the house. Even with the heavy rain this was/is an amazing hike. I’d do this monthly if I lived in Sedona or Munds Park for sure.
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