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Mitten Ridge - Bear Paw Loop - 3 members in 11 triplogs have rated this an average 4.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 21 2022
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Casner Damifino Hangover Schnebly Hill Loop, AZ 
Casner Damifino Hangover Schnebly Hill Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 21 2022
The_EagleTriplogs 1,944
Hiking15.06 Miles 3,168 AEG
Hiking15.06 Miles   7 Hrs   59 Mns   2.22 mph
3,168 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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It's been awhile since we've hiken in Sedona. The forecast was showing favorable temps, so I worked up a loop with some of my favorites. I'm also not a fan of fighting the afternoon traffice in Sedona, so we came in via Schnebly Hill Rd, off I-17. This is 6 miles of dirt to get to the Schnebly Hill Vista TH. Any vehicle can make it to this point. After that, HC with good tires are an absolute must. The parking lot is worse than any portion of the road to this point.

We started on Casner Canyon Trail #11 heading down. The views open up to the Sedona city area as you drop. Towards Oak Creek, you start seeing some interesting geology. The Oak Creek area is very picturesque.

On the Damifino Trail, it appears that they may have decommissioned the lower portion ending at Mitten Ridge. Where it meets Casner Canyon, it is no longer obvious. Once you get in a bit it becomes very obvious and is easy to follow all the way to the smooth red rock section. The important part here is to get high enough to hit the trail on the proper contour to get to Mitten Ridge.

The Hangover Trail is my favorite trail in Sedona. It never disappoints. I still thinks MTB'ers who do this trail have multiple screws loose.

On the Munds Wagon Trail we start the long climb, past the Cow Pies TH, past the Merry Go Round and up Schnebly Hill Trail #158. We climbed up to the saddle just before the steep ascent to Munds Mountain. We took a late lunch and then hit the FR's back to the TH.

A great day in Sedona
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May 21 2022
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Casner Damifino Hangover Schnebly Hill Loop, AZ 
Casner Damifino Hangover Schnebly Hill Loop, AZ
 
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joebartelsTriplogs 5,294
Hiking14.46 Miles 3,011 AEG
Hiking14.46 Miles   7 Hrs   59 Mns   2.17 mph
3,011 ft AEG   1 Hour   19 Mns Break
 
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From Schnebly Hill Vista we headed out on Casner Canyon Trail #11 at 55°. This is among the most under-hiked trail with stunning views. 1,500 ft elevation drop does not lure out-n-back hikers and looping options are not easy.

Reaching Oak Creek, the majesty of this loop hits another high note. Damifino Trail heads up before the creek. It is blocked off because it is not an official trail. Damfino Canyon (minus the first i) is further south of Mitten Ridge.

Heading up starts rough. Then it is a nice stroll above Grasshopper Point. Two daisy-chained red rock ascents a bit later pushed my limits of balance. Then it's on to the prize Hangover Trail. Despite whining about overcrowding since I started HAZ, we encounter just one guy on the north, a couple rounding the mitten, and a few more down into Bear Wallow Canyon.

We merged into Munds Wagon Trail #78 and took Schnebly Hill Trail #158 up the rim. These two trails will rate low for most. Bruce had his heart set on lunch at the Munds - Jack Canyon saddle. There is not a great lunch spot so we returned a bit to a more seemingly comfortable spot under the pines. Souvenir bug bites surfaced a day later from sitting in the pine needles.

Random bird sample picked up: Bewick's Wren, a Western Wood-pewee, and Geen-tailed Tohwee. Never heard of any but they were all in the fauna label index.

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Under 2 miles in, it felt like I was on pace to edge 1,000 photos. If you can fend off Carpal Tibber Syndrome and can negotiate steep scrambling on sandstone this is a dandy loop. Passed under two dozen hikers, more out-n-about in the distance. Two helicopter tours above, and four jeep tours along Schnebly.
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[ checklist ] Munds Mountain
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dry Casner Canyon Dry Dry
Casner was dry except for small undesirable puddles.
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May 25 2019
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Sedona Hike: Hungover Elephant, AZ 
Sedona Hike: Hungover Elephant, AZ
 
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DixieFlyerTriplogs 710
Hiking11.80 Miles 2,236 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles   5 Hrs   35 Mns   2.90 mph
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Tracie and I did this hike earlier in the week, but we were not able to locate the cave near the Mitten Ridge saddle, so we wanted to go back and try again. I took a few friends out there with me this time, so we had a small group.

We had better luck this time and we were able to find the cave and crawl into it. The opening is small, and once you were in you had to crawl in the dusty ground for a short distance. Then the cave opened up into a small room that is 8 feet to 9 feet high, and I'd guess 15 feet X 25 feet. It's not something that you see everyday on a hike!

We also went up to Window Rock again and explored a couple of the small arches that are beyond Elephant Arch. Two people in the group climbed up to the top of Window Rock, but that climb had more exposure than I wanted today so I did not climb up to the top of the rock.
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May 21 2019
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Sedona Hike: Hungover Elephant, AZ 
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DixieFlyerTriplogs 710
Hiking12.10 Miles 2,514 AEG
Hiking12.10 Miles   6 Hrs   11 Mns   2.73 mph
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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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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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Munds Wagon - Cow Pies - Hangover, AZ 
Munds Wagon - Cow Pies - Hangover, AZ
 
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The_EagleTriplogs 1,944
Hiking8.40 Miles 1,447 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   3 Hrs   38 Mns   2.48 mph
1,447 ft AEG      15 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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A favorite of mine in Sedona.
First time from the lower TH.
I'll do this one many more times.
Can't beat these views.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Damfino Canyon Light flow Light flow
Water the entire length up the canyon
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Munds Wagon - Cow Pies - Hangover, AZ 
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Bear Wallow Canyon had a slow flow from the tail end of snow melt. Needless to say, Munds Wagon Trail #78 was a hit. We encountered people in the first mile but they vanished except one avid couple later on. A shame for the masses as #78 is a tad lackluster until you get 0.9 mi into it.

Cow Pies is nice but the show is Hangover Trail. It's a 100% cool on the whole, the middle mile gets me giddy. If they paved Schnebly it would likely be a zoo. Currently it's a hair too far for bi-annual hikers and they likely think it's risky. 15 years ago I thought it was risky. Now it's just a pleasant walk. Based on tread impressions it's way more popular with mountain bikers. This 2m 41s video takes you through the sweet mile. The drop off to their right isn't always apparent but it's there boy howdy. https://youtube.com ... 07j4 youtube allows you to change the speed to 2x under the settings icon

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appears to be the tail end of snow melt, not much snow seen looking above
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Munds Wagon - Cow Pies - Hangover, AZ 
Munds Wagon - Cow Pies - Hangover, AZ
 
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Nice second hike of the day. My first time on Cow Pie and Hangover although Bruce has been on it many times. Enjoyed this one and the company made it :y: ! Thanks gentlemen, good times.
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Mitten Ridge Loop, AZ 
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The_EagleTriplogs 1,944
Hiking7.15 Miles 1,690 AEG
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My Oldest son in on leave from the Air Force and in for the Holidays from South Carolina with his Girlfriend. We spent the day in Sedona with my youngest son. Started with an old favorite that gives you different tastes of Sedona in one hike. Not too long or steep, just drop dead gorgeous views. Chilly to start, perfect once you got in the sun. Still a bit of snow hanging on the north faces of Munds Mountain. Stats include a side trip from Midgley Bridge down to Oak Creek.
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Cowpies & Hang Over Trails, AZ 
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Mitten Ridge Loop, AZ 
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The_EagleTriplogs 1,944
Hiking3.35 Miles 156 AEG
Hiking3.35 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   1.15 mph
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This loop starts at the Trailhead for the Cow Pie Trail. The Cow Pie trailhead can be accessed by driving Schnebly Hill Road, about 3.5 miles up from Route 89a in Sedona, or like I did, about 8.5 miles down (West) from I-17. High Clearance is HIGHLY recommended, no matter which direction you come in from. 4X4 is not required unless it was, is, or could rain/snow.

The parking area for this trail handles 4 or so vehicles, but IMHO it is harder to get into, that the drive to it. I just parked on the side of the Road. I did see a few cars on Schnebly, but I will guarantee you that they were rentals.

Enter across the street at the Cow Pie sign and start this counter clockwise loop. I would call this a Moderate loop with only a few places with a bit of a climb, loose rocks, or route finding issues. The first place you'll probably come to with a bit of problem is getting to the top of the 12' tall Mitten Ridge. There is a trail if you stay to the right (East), that is no big woop.

The biggest problem you will have on this track, is not falling over the side because of the drop dead gorgeous views!! They never end all the way around. I love this area and already have my next loop up here planned.
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Mitten Ridge - Bear Paw LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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azbackpackrTriplogs 823
Hiking6.80 Miles 1,200 AEG
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I am the first to post a triplog on this hike description? For such a popular trail, that seems odd. Maybe most people just posted on the Mitten Ridge hike, but that would not accurately show what we did today.

I hiked with the very good hikers of the Flagstaff Hiking Club. It was the first time I had hiked with them. There seem to be two clubs in Flag that are supposed to be hiking clubs: one group hikes, the other group drinks and talks about hiking. Or something along those lines. This particular group really does know how to hike. And they are nice folks, too.

It was the 3rd time I have hiked in Sedona. It is really pretty but there are a lot of hikers out there. Not too many on that trail, though. In fact, we saw only a couple others. I suspect it is like anywhere else: if you hike off-trail or hike in more that about 3 miles you likely will lose the crowds.

On the way back down we bushwhacked, which was a lot of fun.
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