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Teacup Trail - Sedona - 5 members in 8 triplogs have rated this an average 3.4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 20 2022
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54 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Teacup Grand Central Loop, AZ 
Teacup Grand Central Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Apr 20 2022
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking7.20 Miles 872 AEG
Mtn Biking7.20 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   5.76 mph
872 ft AEG      14 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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Spending the night at Dead Horse Ranch for my birthday. Went over to Posse Park and rode Teacup, Grand Central, Crusty, and surface streets back to the park. Crusty had water running through it. Hope to squeeze some more in tomorrow morning before heading back to Phoenix.
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May 27 2021
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Thunder Mountain Loop plus high points, AZ 
Thunder Mountain Loop plus high points, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 27 2021
tibber
Hiking5.41 Miles 1,154 AEG
Hiking5.41 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   2.09 mph
1,154 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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well it's been a few weeks since I've done this so the videos will better tell you the story. I parked at the Andante TH off of Andante Rd which is off of 89. It is a small TH with room for about 8 cars and I think you can park in the vicinity. I barely squeezed Tonto 3 in and worried a little of people getting in and out of their cars but no scratches or notes when I got back so I guess I was okay.

These were all new trails for me and it was lots of fun though a tad warm from time to time. I started the Chimney Rock Loop clockwise. On the Thunder Mountain Trail You soon lose site of the Chimney Rock as its high above you. I headed west at the junction on the Little Chimney Rock Trail toward the Little Sugarloaf for my first high point of the day. You attack this from the NNE side. The climb is steep and a bit slippery and much worse coming down but it's short. The views on top are fabulous of course. With all the hiking we had done this week I could see almost everywhere I had been which would be the case on the Sugarloaf Summit as well.

Once I got down I almost missed the Upper Chimney Rock Trail I wanted to stay on so be mindful you have to backtrack a tad to get back on the Chimney Rock Loop that heads north and east. This, other than the occasional view to some houses, was the prettiest part of the hike as you complete the circle around the chimney which from the west side looks like three fingers. Eventually you reach Chimney Rock Pass and on the way down there are steps here and there. The trail is really quite nice the entire time in this area.

There is one area as you get on what I call the Upper Thunder Mountain Trail where I got a tad distracted and started going up a drainage but quickly realized this was not right. I made my way east admiring the landscape and occasional boulders along the way as well as the blooming prickly pear cactus. It was from the bottom of Chimney Rock pass that I started to encounter a few more hikers. There is some nice construction on this trail. You reach a junction that puts you back on the Thunder Mountain Trail that eventually heads east to the Teacup Trail for a little bit. Once I reached the junction with Sugarloaf I thot you would go straight up that NW side but you actually hike a little further to the Sugarloaf Loop.

At the Sugarloaf Summit sign you head up a fairly nice grade. This is a fun summit and you are rewarded with nice views once again. I was able to see where we were staying and many of the areas I had hiked during the week... lucky me to be able to hang out and hike almost every day. As I got back down I gave thot to hiking the Teacup Trail east but decided it was warmer than I liked so I headed back on the Andante Trail which is a little more scenic than I thot until I took a nose dive to become one with the trail. As I gathered myself I heard a bike rider coming so I yelled "hiker down" so he wouldn't roll over me as it was on a corner. He, along with another hiker, asked if I was okay and it seemed I was. I grabbed a picture of the rock that tripped me, poured water on the scrape on my right arm (yes, the one with the formerly broken wrist of course), got up and finished the hike back to the TH which was less that 1/2 mile away I think.

Anyway, this was a good hike and I wouldn't mind doing it again to finish up the east side of the loop that actually joins up with the Soldier Pass area. It was a lousy morning for photos though. And now to get back to the Hyatt for that morning reward of a beer. Ambika and I had hoped to do a little hike in the late afternoon but Grasshopper Point was closed.

Here are a few videos I made:
Part 1 Chimney Rock Loop and Little Sugarloaf Summit [ youtube video ]
Part 2 completing Chimney Rock Loop/Pass and Thunder Mountain Trail [ youtube video ]
Part 3 finishing off the hike with Thunder Mountain Trail and Sugarloaf Summit and Andante Trail [ youtube video ]
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May 22 2021
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54 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Sedona Posse Park Loop, AZ 
Sedona Posse Park Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar May 22 2021
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking10.70 Miles 1,412 AEG
Mtn Biking10.70 Miles   3 Hrs   8 Mns   5.06 mph
1,412 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break8 LBS Pack
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What a great day to be in Sedona! Staged out of Posse Grounds Park and headed west through the neighborhoods to Sugarloaf Trailhead and jumped on Tea Cup trail. Took that east over to Grand Central south to Coyote. Started climbing back up the hill to Adobe Jack and Ant Hill to Jordan and then back down Javelina. Jumped on 89 back up the hill to Soldiers Pass road and jumped a trail back over to Posse Park. Fantastic day and great trails. Saw hardly any bikers or hikers on the trails, which was unexpected.
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Oct 13 2019
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53 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Teacup Trail - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2019
mt98dew
Hiking3.97 Miles 233 AEG
Hiking3.97 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   3.40 mph
233 ft AEG
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Sunday morning hike. Post OBA. This was an ideal hike my stiff legs and sore toes :) Got on the trail just before 7am starting from Sugar Loaf TH. Did this hike as an out and back. Trail was a nice mixture of open views and shaded pines. The trail is well signed and cairned so it is easy to follow. Little elevation, about 200 feet from high to low point. Very gradual, handled with switchbacks and multiple twists and turns. Ideal for biking or running. On the way back did the Sugarloaf Loop sans side trip to the top. Nice weather. On the way back encountered a huge group (40+) all going up sugarloaf. None of them dressed for hiking. Looked like a semi formal event :?
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Apr 29 2019
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64 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Thunder Mountain Sampler, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Apr 29 2019
trekkin_gecko
Hiking6.07 Miles 977 AEG
Hiking6.07 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   3.04 mph
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wanted to get a hike in before it rained
started from andante trailhead around 0645
thunder mountain, sugarloaf loop and summit, teacup to soldier pass, returned on teacup and andante
city visible to the south, but nice scenery everywhere else
enjoyed all of these trails
very few people out that early on a monday morning
saw a javelina in the neighborhood and a coyote near sugarloaf
this combined with the chimney rock loop we did yesterday would make a decent hike
(i'm talking to you, @tibber :) )
had fun with family the rest of the day, too
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Feb 03 2018
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64 male
 Joined Jun 01 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Coffee Pot Rock TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 03 2018
paulhubbard
Hiking3.50 Miles 180 AEG
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Right in the heart of West Sedona is the Sugarloaf Trailhead, with multiple offshoots. We started onthe Teacup TZrail, then went up the Skidmark trail, then down the Coffee Poot Rock Trail, then up to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain. Just love Sedona!!
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Oct 16 2016
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mescal Trail - SedonaSedona, AZ
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nonot
Hiking25.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
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Mar 18 2016
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 Joined Mar 28 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Brins - Soldier - Teacup Loop, AZ 
Brins - Soldier - Teacup Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2016
Tough_Boots
Hiking10.70 Miles 1,411 AEG
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Thought today was going to be a bust but we ended up getting a good hike in. I headed up to Sedona with Lily and a friend. We had talked about doing Secret Canyon but I had doubts about getting the Envoy down there so we decided on Wilson Mountain. We got a late start and by the time we got up there, the parking lot was packed. We waited around for a bit to see if any spots opened up but it looked hopeless. We then decided to head over by Secret Canyon and try the road and see what happened.

If cars used to be able to get down there then things have changed. Its strictly high clearance and I'd recommend 4x4. There's a good obstacle just past the TH at FR152 & Dry Creek Rd that might be new-- I dunno. I thought the Envoy could clear it if I was really careful but figured it was signs of bad things to come. So decided to hike the road and maybe do part of Secret Canyon. That road is nice for patches but there are definitely spots that would be crazy to take a car down.

We ended up at the Brins Mesa TH and were pretty tired of walking the road so we looked at the map and put together a loop to do. It turned out to be a great hike. Solder Pass Trail is just full of "wow" spots. Teacup was nice in spots but it takes you very close to some houses. Chimney Rock Trail (or actually "Upper Chimney Rock Trail" does as well. Then we took the Lizard Trail back to the TH we started at. It turned out to be a nice little hike-- glad we could salvage the day.
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