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Devil's Bridge Trail #120
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Devil's Bridge Trail #120Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2009
tibber
Hiking1.80 Miles 320 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.20 mph
320 ft AEG
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From our camp :-$ in Flagstaff, we drove the I-17 to the Schnebly Hill exit. Kat had not been down Schnebly so this seemed like the perfect time to bump our way down the hill. It was a very clear day for distant photo shots. The Schnebly route has so much to offer in the way of scenery including the road before the main vista, the vista and the hill. :DANCE:

In one way, it's lucky the road is so darn rough so Kat had to drive VERY slowly :A1: and I could get photos on the fly. Even at that though, as we went over a rather large bump in the road, my camera flew out of my hand :o ... fortunately it didn't fly out of the vehicle. I now keep my camera strap around my neck :D . The road is rougher than I remember.

We bot our Red Rock pass at the self-service station at the bottom of Schnebly and made our way to Devil's Bridge. FR 152 was also MUCH rougher than I recalled. I was glad we had Silver instead of Tonto for this trek. I think the moon's surface is smoother than this EXTREMELY bumpy ride :stretch: . At the trailhead, we ran into a couple of the women we had met on the West Fork trail the previous day.

The trail up to the Bridge is in wonderful shape, scenic and quick. The trail was smoother than the road we came in on. There are nicely built stone steps here and there that make the climb pretty easy.

When we were near the top, we asked another hiker where to go from here. He said just curve to your left and walk out onto the bridge. I scoffed, "ya right, walk right out on the bridge" 8-[ as like many, the bridge seemed very narrow from the pics I had seen. And then I looked east and staring me in the face was the arch :doh: (our feet were level with the top).

Anyway, we put down our stuff and Kat walked out on the top of the arch like it was nothing. I took pictures with both our cameras and then it was my turn. I was surprised at how wide the bridge really was as I ekked my way to the center line for the photo. I didn't look down; that helped. Once the "Wendy" was over I decided to sit down and scoot to the edge like Kat did... and then I peaked downward :o :o :o YIKES! and then I had to peak over the other edge before I quickly made my way back to safety. It really wasn't as thin a bridge as I had anticipated.

The hike down was quite pleasant and uneventful until we had to get back in the truck and make our way back to the pavement. All of a sudden there were jeeps everywhere coming at us. It's not like this is the widest road plus Kat had picked up her speed : rambo : so you actually had to hold on a little.

GREAT hike :) , SUPERB scenery : app : ,ROUGH road :( .
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