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Sterling Pass Trail #46 - 25 members in 51 triplogs have rated this an average 3.4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Feb 01 2021
skatchkins
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 Joined Dec 22 2007
 Mesa, AZ
Sterling Pass Trail #46Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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skatchkins
Hiking3.11 Miles 1,587 AEG
Hiking3.11 Miles   3 Hrs   41 Mns   0.99 mph
1,587 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
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Well some people and a dog hiked this trail .75 in to about 5,500 so that helped the snow steps.
After that, it was on us to break trail on all the route squiggles. Got pretty deep, but the trail is called Sterling Pass so you just don't stop before that. It started raining a little at the pass so we didn't stick around too long.
Miss the trail and find some very deep spots :)
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Dec 27 2020
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 Phoenix,Az
Sterling Pass Trail #46Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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mt98dew
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,053 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   2.46 mph
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Early morning hike in Sedona. Wanted to do this a few months ago but had a hard time seeing the roadside TH in the east morning light. This time, having the location of the TH determined I was able to get there and get on the trail around 7am. Not a huge fan of roadside parking, but there is a nice pull out area just south of the Manzanita Campground which I took advantage of. This forced a little bit of a roadside walk, but I was ok with that.

The Sterling Pass Trail is definitely an uphill trail. It was easy to follow and open enough that the danger of hiking through poison ivy was minimal. Paused a couple of times to catch my breath and taken in the views...which were fantastic. Most of the trees had lost their leaves, but that allowed the towering mountain walls to be on full display. Made it to the top of the pass and was met by a strong breeze coming in from the west.....brrrrr! I discovered that the stated mileage of 2.2 is what takes to reach this point. If you want to do the whole trail and see the arch it’s another 1.7 miles.....and we’ll worth it. The views on the interior are just as fantastic as the views on the east side. The west side is more wooded, providing an abundant amount of shade and a nice intimate feeling to the trail. Unfortunately, there is quite a bit of elevation that is lost on the way to the arch, though the switchbacks are more gradual. The arch isn’t as impressive as the Devils Bridge but still an incredible geological feature and I didn’t have to stand in line to see it. Well worth the effort! The return trip was easier and went by quickly. Didn’t see anyone until I was half way down from the pass when I encountered 3 separate groups heading up. Wildlife was minimal... a lot of birds in the brush. Weather was great, though a little chilly with the wind. Definitely hope to get back again.
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Sterling Pass to Vultee Arch, AZ 
Sterling Pass to Vultee Arch, AZ
 
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mikemcg
Hiking5.82 Miles 2,531 AEG
Hiking5.82 Miles   6 Hrs   2 Mns   1.61 mph
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The forecasted high temp was 60°, but it was already 70° when we started around 11am and got warmer from there.

Sterling Pass trail is absolutely beautiful. Over half the leaves were on the ground, but there were still a lot of orange and red in the trees, which looked amazing superimposed on the colors of the canyon walls. There was also a small amount of snow along the trail, despite the temperature.

The trail begins climbing immediately at the trailhead, and overall it's a moderate uphill to the top of the pass, then downhill over many, many, many switchbacks, then a slight uphill to the arch, which is really fun to see in person. This is an amazing natural wonder. There are many overlooks along the Sterling Pass trail that are fun to climb up to see the different perspectives of the canyons. There's also a flat rock area along the side of the arch trail which is a great place to stop and eat. We climbed around on top of and under the arch. I wouldn't go onto the arch if it's wet, but it's easier than it looks when the rock is dry.

Heading back the same way provided more amazing views as we climbed back up and over the top of the pass, again via the many switchbacks. Definitely will visit again. Certainly in the fall.
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Fall colors were past their peak, a lot of leaves were on the ground, but substantial fall colors remained on the trees throughout Sterling Pass trail. No fall colors on the trail to Vultee arch, mostly manzanita and pine.
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Oct 24 2020
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Sterling Vultee, AZ 
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chumley
Hiking7.96 Miles 2,500 AEG
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This was a fun day on two trails I hadn't previously hiked. While the Sedona area can be a bit of a mess on autumn weekends, once you leave the highway, it is possible to avoid the crowds if you put a little bit of effort into it.

The colors were great and this one has some nice views and a solid workout. The arch was a great destination. I got to hike with a few people I hadn't met before, and it's always nice to match real-life personalities to the posts and pictures. We opted for a simple outnback over making a lasso loop in favor of a follow-up hike in the afternoon.

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Oct 22 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Sterling Pass Trail #46Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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My dad and I hiked this trail for the first time and continued to Vultee arch. The climb was a great workout. There were a few trees to climb over or under on the trail before we crossed the wash approaching the arch. The arch was way cool and we were the only ones there! The hike back down to the car was the worst for me. Steep and slippery. The color was nice and it looks like it will be getting better.
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Maples and walnuts were getting started along with some of the oaks. More to come
Jun 01 2019
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Wilson Mountain LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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joebartels
Hiking18.94 Miles 4,576 AEG
Hiking18.94 Miles   9 Hrs   32 Mns   2.33 mph
4,576 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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One of my favorite Sedona loops that is tough to get takers. A mile of scarce shoulder highway between Sterling Pass Trail #46 and North Wilson Mountain Trail #123 is the issue.

I suggested 6 hikes and Bruce selected this loop. Figured with an early start knocking out the hwy first, it might not be so dangerous. We lucked out. Dave was returning home from a multi-day trip up north. Shuttle plus classic Dave one liners as a bonus!

North Wilson Mountain Trail #123
Typically I prefer the spectacular Autumn foliage display. Late spring green after the better than average rainfall since January was a nice change of scenery.

Wilson Mountain Trail #10
We passed 3 or 4 little groups heading down from Wilson Bench. Tread could use a rake crew.

Jim Thompson Trail #124
Bumping this from 2 stars to 3. Easily higher if weren't for all the nearby world class options.

Cibola Pass & Jordan Trail
Arizona Cypress is one of my favs. Red Rock backdrop makes it sing.

Soldier Pass Trail #66
World class trail packs a mean punch. Never gets old for me. Not busy as the mercury rises. Shockingly had Soldier Arches to ourselves for the majority of lunch until a friendly mother and daughter arrived.

Brins Mesa Trail #119
Not my fav. Highlight was helping out a happy foreign tourist family.

Vultee Arch Trail #22
Abundant rainfall this year has this one feeling like a jungle. Shade in the late afternoon makes ccw favorable.

Sterling Pass Trail #46
Rocks hard IMO. Steep both sides but the views are worth it.

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Very nice variety throughout the loop
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The_Eagle
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Wilson Mountain LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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The_Eagle
Hiking18.26 Miles 4,116 AEG
Hiking18.26 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.38 mph
4,116 ft AEG   1 Hour   50 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Dave Joined us and since he was meeting us there, we could set up the mini shuttle, avoiding the 1 mile road walk between Trailheads.

Up the North Wilson Trail, we notice quite a bit of recent trail maintenance. So recent, it was from the previous day as noted by @mt98dew in his triplog.

North Wilson Mountain Trail #123 is a much better option in getting to the top of Mt Wilson IMHO. Prettier, more cover, less traffic and a steady climb.

Plenty of flora still Flora-ing all around this loop today.

Down Wilson Mountain Trail #10 on the southside, is a bit rocky at the top. We saw our first groups of hikers on this trail.

Cutting in front of Steamboat Rock, on the Jim Thompson Trail #124, was a first for me. Easy trail and great views. You did not have to concentrate on where you were walking and could enjoy the scenery.

Cibola Pass and the Jordan Trail got us over to the Devils Kitchen sinkhole. From here we headed up the Soldier Pass Trail #66, to our next destination. We surprisingly had had Soldier Arch to ourselves for lunch.

We exited the arch through the top and made our way to the "Eye in the Sky" and then hitting the Brins Mesa Trail #119. This trail has a few interesting areas, mush-so-more that the FR152C road walk. This was the hottest part of the day.

The Vultee Arch Trail #22 was in decent shape, up to the turn to the Arch and had much needed tree cover.

Past this point is the Sterling Pass Trail #46. It is a bit "Thick" from all the spring moisture, but it only lasts a 100yds or so. The climb starts gradual and goes to butt kicker up to the pass. From here, it drops even steeper and rockier down to 89a.

A good hike. In the direct sun with no wind, bordering hot for me. Luckily, we had a decent breeze and tree cover for the bigger climbs. Good seeing Dave again. Joe was there too. :D It'd been a few weeks.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Sterling Pass Trail #46Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Hiking6.44 Miles 2,117 AEG
Hiking6.44 Miles   4 Hrs   32 Mns   1.42 mph
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Whew!!! This was work. The Sterling Pass Trail starts uphill and continues sometimes steeply for 1.5 miles and over 1,000' aeg. There were some switchbacks during the top .5 mile. That's just to the top of the pass. We planned to go to Vultee Arch so that was another 1,000' downhill to the Vultee Arch Trail mostly on switchbacks which we would have to climb on the way back. The hike to the arch itself was another very steep but short climb. We planned to continue on the Vultee Arch Trail to FR152, but knowing what we had to do to get back to my car on 89A we decided to turn around and not continue to FR152.

While it was a lot a work especially for an old guy like me, the hike was very rewarding. The very interesting rock cliffs enclosed the area and were ever changing as we hiked along. I couldn't enjoy them as much as I wanted because I was focused on my footing; lots of rocks, roots, steps and drop-offs. I'd do it again if I lost 20 pounds and got in better shape.
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Wilson Mountain LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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ShatteredArm
Run/Jog19.40 Miles 3,876 AEG
Run/Jog19.40 Miles   5 Hrs   39 Mns   3.43 mph
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The "3 Passes" loop in Sedona is one that has gotten somewhat popular in the trail running community. I was looking for something around 20 miles, and with Sedona having received significant snow the weekend prior, I thought this would be a good opportunity to check it out.

This guide is the closest thing I could find to 3 Passes - I believe the only difference is this goes directly up Brins Mesa instead of going up Soldier Pass trail.

I started from Jordan TH and went clockwise, so as to do the three passes in order from shortest to highest.

Everything was pretty normal until I topped out on Brins Mesa, where it was extremely muddy, and I tried my hardest to avoid the soft areas in order to avoid ruining the trail. Probably wasted effort, since everybody else was just going through the mud. The descent down the canyon on the north side was beautiful, which the creek flowing about as much as one can expect, and some snow still on the ground.

Heading up Dry Creek road was unremarkable other than having to zigzag around to avoid the small ponds on the road.

Vultee Arch trail was new to me; I have to say it was in top form. Beautiful canyon, and when I hit Sterling Pass trail it was all icy snow. There was no sunlight in this area, so this made the ascent a bit sketchy in places, very slow, but still a lot of fun. Saw a couple of hikers at the top. The east side was a bit better, although there were 2-3 really icy spots on steep slopes.

The mile or so on the 89 was by far the worst part of the route, and it was especially bad with snow banks on the shoulder. Basically had to run on the lane stripe. This was motivation to keep moving.

North Wilson trail was fantastic. It was actually more clear of snow than Sterling Pass, and on the way up, I noticed a huge temporary waterfall across the canyon. Probably a rare sight. The bench at the top was muddy with lots of freshly melted (i.e., cold) snow that was up to six inches deep in places. I had hiked up Wilson Mtn to the North Wilson junction the previous weekend (the day after the snow fell), and it's definitely a little easier going without waist-deep snow up there...

Once past Wilson Canyon (where I missed the Jim Thompson turn and ended up almost going to Midgely Bridge), I was just ready to be done. That last couple miles was a bit of a slog, but it was a small price to pay to see Sedona in top form.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Vultee Arch to Sterling Pass, AZ 
Vultee Arch to Sterling Pass, AZ
 
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Frostshocknoob
Hiking6.60 Miles 1,713 AEG
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Sterling Pass Trail #46Sedona, AZ
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,053 AEG
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Took Sterling Pass over to Vultee Arch - made it out of Sedona before the chaos of Memorial Day weekend and lots of other closures in Arizona ensued.
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Sterling Pass Trail #46Sedona, AZ
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Barrett
Hiking2.00 Miles 1,053 AEG
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My original plan was to do Vultee Arch from Dry Creek, but after driving only about a third of it to get to Devil's Bridge, I thought I would spare my beloved Taco the bruising and drive around and bag it using the Sterling Pass approach. Several setbacks and a phone call had me soon had me pressing for time, so I was only able to go up to the saddle and I had to turn around. Never enough time.
Very nice fall color and some cool red rock and tafoni.
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Sterling Pass Trail #46Sedona, AZ
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,053 AEG
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What's not to like? Arrived early and had the canyon to ourselves until at the pass on the return. So much to enjoy you hardly notice the gain loss regain of elevation. Didn't track this one because it was for beauty and not strength. Decided to splurge on a meal rather than eat pack snacks. Seeing the line of cars as we were leaving made us glad for our 530a start from Phoenix.
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Oct 07 2017
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,053 AEG
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Easy walk w/ the Mrs. Days don't get much better than this for hiking in the Sedona area.
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Probably a week or two away from really nice color.
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Sterling Pass Trail #46Sedona, AZ
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Hiking5.60 Miles 2,262 AEG
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My car won't make it to Vultee Arch trailhead. Even though I've seen BobP's ol Caddy on that road :o . I chose to go in from Sterling Pass. I used part of an ol gps route from a "HAZ Hall of Famer" gpsjoe! I was a bit leary of where I could park so I parked across the street and .2 miles south. I now believe it is ok to park next the trailhead south. Room for half a dozen or so Hazmobiles. I hit the trail early and the temps were great! The trail was in fine shape IMO. Very green with some big bushes with tiny white flowers. The locust had blooms also. Throw in some grasses,Maples, Oak, and ferns too :) . A nice variety of birds, views, and the red rock and it was quite enjoyable. You even get to climb a couple thousand feet :DANCE: . I only had to go over two and under two, trees all morning. A wise HAZer said this would be good in the Fall and I agree. The Fall colors would be nice to see as were the unexpected flowers and all the green. I checked out the plaque for the Vultee couple that crashed their plane here. How sad. Next I went on, across, over, and under the arch. I didn't see anyone until I was back over Sterling Pass. One nice Lady about 8am then another and finally two men by the trailhead and that was it. I enjoyed this one and would say Spring and Fall are a go. :y:
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Morning Glory - Sterling Loop, AZ 
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Hiking20.10 Miles 4,930 AEG
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Finally got a loop around Wilson. jj felt a little uneasy driving up noticing I was wearing pants and a long sleeve shirt. "Off trail on this hike?"... no worse, the overnight low is 31 :scared:

55 degrees starting just before 9am and not much over 60 all day. Hiking weather.

Saw a few individuals heading over Wilson Bench. First time on Jim Thompson. Nice, nearby trails are nicer. Cibola is one of the nicest non water trails around Sedona.

Up and down MG Spire in 1h 15m at a nothing special pace. Couldn't clear the first pitch last month due to a chest injury earlier in the month. Healthy made all the difference. The first pitch was no trouble up or down. The slant up higher was as I remembered. First look it appears a bit sketchy. One or two steps into it and it seems impossible to have trouble unless you jumped out of the crack and off the wall.

Sink hole, seven super sacred pools then off to the arches. Morning light was the ticket last month. Just fair this round, almost dark inside mid day. Crossed paths with a group of interesting people, really just wanted to keep moving...lol

First time on the west side of Brins. Most probably like the red rock east but the west is cypress tree canopy. A pleasant surprise. Up Vultee and down Sterling. The scariest part of the hike was the last mile along the highway. No shoulder and cars whizzing by ultra close.
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Morning Glory - Sterling Loop, AZ 
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Hiking20.10 Miles 4,930 AEG
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I'm not sure when the last time I went to Sedona was but it's been far too long. Tuesday I sent Joe a note to see if he would be interested in doing something up there between 12 and 20 miles. He threw together this loop and it turned out to be a gem.

We made our way up the North Wilson Trail passing a few others along the way. Then down the other side and onto the Jim Thompson. From here we took the Cibola trail and jumped off for a quick assault on Morning Glory Spire (this was by far the highlight of the loop for me). After the spire we checked out Devils Kitchen, Seven Sacred Pools and then the Arches.

Finishing our loop we would take Brins Mesa to FR152C and then Vultee Arch Trail up and over Sterling Pass. Sterling Pass is pretty cool and there are some interesting rock formations along the way. Down the other side and it was a short trip down the road back to the car.

I don't think we could have had any better weather. Great hike and good times!
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Vultee Arch Trail #22Sedona, AZ
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Hit this one a little late, about 3:30p, but had just enough time to finish it without headlamps. Started from Sterling Pass trail along 89a. Nice hike. Sterling Pass trail is pretty overgrown but not too sharp, save for some New Mexican Locust. Also it had just rained right before we got there so the brush was a little wet. Took a few pics on the arch and then headed back. Dinner at Oaxaca afterwards. Meh, not the best but not the worst.
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Hiking2.40 Miles 1,053 AEG
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Great trail, super beautiful and very quiet. Not many people on this trail--only saw a few other hikers. This is a much less busy way to Vultee Arch. The trail is challenging in parts--the switchbacks are narrow and steep. Likely not adequate for pooch friends!
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

90+° 8am - 6pm kills
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