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Oct 13 2019
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Hot Loop Trail #94Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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jacks canyon, schnebly hill rd and FR801
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Hot / Jacks LoopSedona, AZ
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joebartels
Hiking19.53 Miles 3,067 AEG
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Based on my 2014 triplog today was my first counter-clockwise hike. It was bugging me that I thought I'd hiked it with jj but most of upper Horse Mesa felt like a first today. Apparently different scenery CCW with a slower pace makes a difference.

Per usual the humongous parking lot was empty. Just us and one other group. For CCW you need to hike SW through the parking lot. We started off on a trail that heads directly east to Horse Mesa. Interestingly it looks like it goes for a while on satellite. Almost a shortcut up the mesa. Maybe for a seasonal waterfall or ruins, who knows?

In a nutshell the upper 3 miles of Hot Loop Trail #94 then the upper 4 miles of Jack's Canyon Trail #55 is the glory. The 2.5 miles up top that bridges the two is okay. The balance of the 10 lower miles has probably never spawned a like social media.

We started hiking just before 7:30am with nice cool morning air among totally wild flowers. After a short navigation blunder the trail was easy to follow.

Further up Hot Loop Trail #94 large cairns keep you true. Occasional light brush, easy to follow. 7.3 miles in Arizona Cypress Trees make the hike special.

Noticed water trickling and crossed a damp slab of moss at one point. A couple overhead views of Wood's Canyon. Nothing as spectacular as a hike through the canyon. Only small pools of water down in Woods.

The final switchback up Hot Loop Trail #94 needs a clip. Luckily most of the overgrow brush is hiker friendly.

We lunched under a nice juniper on the upper crossover. Chilly after 20+ minutes but obviously warmed up back in the sun. As mentioned above, the upper 4 miles of Jack's Canyon Trail #55 is pretty nice IMO.

The lower section back to the trailhead isn't anyone's favorite. A nice breeze kept the spirits in check.
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several large dense fields of owl clover among other lighter seasonals
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Hot / Jack's Loop, AZ 
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Hiking19.41 Miles 2,942 AEG
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This was long overdue. Can't believe I'd never gotten around to this loop before.

We did this loop of the Hot Loop Trail to Jack's Canyon Trail, going CCW. If I did it again, this is the direction to go. The lower sections of this loop, were busting in flowers. The most Owl Clover I've seen.

The Hot Loop trail is in mainly great shape through Horse Mesa. As others have mentioned, the north end of the trail can use a trimming, but it's short lived. The views of Woods Canyon from Horse Mesa and the climb, were the highlight for me.

It was almost chilly while we took lunch in the shade of a large Juniper on top of the Mesa.

Dropping down on Jacks Canyon Trail from the top was a bit steep and loose, but once again did not last long. The trees and breeze kept the temps nice throughout this hike.

We had the pleasure of parking on I-17 on the way home for an hour because of an accident.
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Hot Loop Trail #94Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Hiking9.65 Miles 2,709 AEG
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Wasn't my initial plan, but due to high congestion and the fact that my seasonal pass had expired I opted for a hike starting from the Jacks Canyon TH. I didn't have time to do the whole trail, but this was nice opening introduction from this area. There is a map at the beginning of the Jacks Canyon that gives a nice, accurate view of the surrounding trails.

I took the Hot Loop Trail (which is at the other end of the parking lot from where the area map is located) south for about 1.6 miles. This section of the trail is easy to follow, though there are several user trails that connect to it from nearby homes. The trail is fairly rocky on the inclines and there is a steady climb as I reached a saddle that divided the two canyons. The view of Oak Creek Village from the saddle is spectacular. I got a great view of the Courthouse and Bell Rock dominating the skyline. The view of the canyon to the south was much less spectacular, but much anticipated. From the saddle the trail descends for about .5 miles until it connects to a Hot Loop junction. I really enjoyed this stretch of the trail. This Trail did some gradual switchbacking, crossed some red rock drainages and interacted with the land nicely. At 1.6 miles in, I reached a "T". Both trails were considered to be part of the Hot Loop Trail. The trail that headed north headed up Horse Mesa into the interior. The other trail headed to the south, which I followed is a steady rocky descent, and connected to the Woods Canyon Trail. Easy to follow, but not much fun to hike. Then took Woods Canyon Trail to the Ranger Station. This trail is also easy to follow, flat and has intermittent shade. There are several dry creek crossings. Views are limited due to the foliage and the surrounding canyon walls. There is a green oasis just prior to the ranger station, with 7 foot tall water reeds that need to be pushed through. The trail is evident but very enclosed. It doesn't last for long, but is very surprising in its suddenness. At the ranger station I got got drink (the water is very good! Nice and cold), got my seasonal pass and returned back along the same route. No wildlife, but I did meet 3 hikers.
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Woods Canyon #93 to Pine Valley Ridge - Sedona, AZ 
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Hiking16.00 Miles 2,875 AEG
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Woods Canyon and Beyond

This hike features a moderately rigorous collection of less-commonly-used trail sections, starting at the Woods Canyon trailhead, taking Woods Canyon to the Hot Loop Trail just up the Horse Mesa, traveling back down to pick up Jacks Canyon, then using an fairly obscure connector link to loop through the Pine Valley Ridge and Pine Valley Trails, then backward the same way (skipping Horse Mesa) to the Woods Canyon trailhead. We hike about 16 miles, with an accumulated elevation change, round trip, of about 2900 feet.

The hike offers a bit of everything – open shrublands, rim forests, tree-covered mesas, expansive views, red-rock creek beds, Sedona real estate, the horses at Jacks Canyon trailhead, Courthouse Butte – but not a lot of anyone thing. We get the varied, and a reasonable amount of spectacular.

One item, though, does occur a lot – gates, of all types. After passing, close them, both an obvious courtesy and moreover standard hiking etiquette.

The hike starts at the extreme southern end of the Visitor Center south of Oak Creek village. A trailhead marker near a single boulder announces “Woods Canyon,” followed then by an old-style metal marker with “Trail 93” cutout, then a gate, and tall grasses.

Soon, though, the trail evolves to a mixture of open shrubland of low plants and common Southwest pinyons, juniper and other short trees. This continues as you rise slowly on Woods Canyon trail, the canyon itself formed by mesas to your left and right. The mesas might be considered unremarkable: low, flat, with gently-sloping tree-covered sides – no towering cliffs, only a little of the deep reds or browns or oranges, few bands or striations revealing geologic processes. But this unremarkableness brings a wonder – what would a 300 million year time lapse reveal about why Woods Canyon presents to us tree-covered green, while in a dozen miles Courthouse Butte will present to us a completely different view.

After about 1.8 miles, you reach the Hot Loop junction, marked nicely by a sign post. The ascent pitches up to a moderate incline, bringing you after about .8 miles to another nicely marked “T” junction of Hot Loop, with one leg of the “T” ascending to Horse Mesa. Go right and follow that up (about 1.3 miles) until you judge yourself close enough to the northern rim of the mesa to go north off trail (a short bit) to overlook Jack’s Canyon and the formations beyond. Rest a bit, you will have climbed 1200 feet, but mainly to take in the view and work a few pictures.

Your view across Jacks Canyon provides an expansive panorama of Lee Mountain, Courthouse Butte, and Bell Rock. Beneath you, in Jacks Canyon itself, lies the eastern edges of Oak Creek Village, including estates on roads sufficiently private that no Google street view exists. Far in the background rise Doe, Bear and Black mountains.

Travel back down, to the “T” junction, and now proceed north. This portion of the hike weaves through the wooded slopes of Horse Mesa and the smaller mesa that stood to your left on the beginning of the hike. Of interest, red rock occasionally breaks through the vegetation, hinting that the slopes consist of rock eroded down from strata once above the tops of the mesas.

About 2.8 miles after leaving the viewpoint on Horse Mesa, the hike reaches the horse trailer area at the Jacks Canyon trailhead. With good fortune, you might observe a couple horses being groomed and readied for riding. The estates of eastern Oak Creek village will also appear to the north.

Now pick up the interconnector. This will not be reached by taking the Jack Canyon trail. Rather, look for an unmarked single red trail a couple dozen feet more north than the trailhead for Jacks Canyon. Proceed a short distance on the interconnector, cross the road, pick up the connector again, and proceed up a short hill to a gate. Here, you stand up-close to a large estate, of intriguing architecture. The gate marks the start of Pine Valley Ridge trail and a continued gentle incline.

Proceed about .9 miles, and at the bend of the trail, take a short trek off-trail to the rim for wide view of the escarpment on a southern exposure of Lee Mountain, as well as an angle view on the infamous Rabbit Ears formation. Most of us lack a deep knowledge of geology, but even the casual observer can see the bands, layers and striations in the escarpment, formed as Sedona alternated between sea, beach, river and inland environments circa 275 million years ago.

At this point, one can drop down on a relatively uncataloged “Rabbit Ear” trail, or continue on Pine Valley Ridge, to arrive at the eastern side of Courthouse Butte. Again, geology will be evident, as will a bit denser crowds. You can peruse Courthourse Butte and Bell Rock on the typical trails, as you like, but when done take Big Park Loop south to an unmarked junction with Pine Valley Trail (GPS 34.794682, -111.747949). You will travel back about 1.5 miles on Pine Valley, until you “T” into Pine Valley Ridge. Go right, and shortly you will be at the gate to the interconnector. Proceed back to the Visitor Center, but eliminating the spur up to the top of Horse Mesa. Even though you traversed these trail sections earlier, the sun will now be at a different angle, and you view will be from a different viewpoint, and the time will be later in the day. So don’t be in so much of a hurry to not practice a bit more photography, or nature viewing, or geology study, or whatever your fancy.
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Munds Mountain Trail #77Flagstaff, AZ
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It was such an epic day trip with Joel and my dog Payton up to Munds Mountain!

Since Joel and I do not drive monster trucks we both parked right off of Schnebly Hill rd just past FR 801. I believe the jeep road we took may be FR 949, not sure because it's not labeled on the topo but It did help out by cutting out a bit of mileage to the Commitee Tank.
That is where we encountered two hunters which would be the only people we saw all day, it was nice to have a place of solitude within such close proximity to Sedona.
The climb up Munds is steep but very short and over within moments, once atop you're greeted with relatively flat grasslands with some of the healthiest and largest junipers I've ever seen!
We made our way to the edge of the mountain for a beer break and some views and that's when I was astonished on what I was seeing!
My eyes were mesmerized by the dramatic unique scenery from nearly every angle, I certainly underestimated or perhaps was just unaware of what Munds Mountain had to offer.
After that we continued up Munds to a spot that Joel scoped out that I truly now believe provides the greatest views of Sedona I've ever seen.
We set up our camera gear and soon witnessed one seriously astounding sunset shows that was far greater that I had imagined!
The remainder of our hike was of course in the dark and just before our departure off the summit my dog almost darted off in chase to a nearby javelina but luckily I put her on the leash before she took off!
Other than that it was just a nice cool relaxing walk back with a feeling of satisfaction and a memory card full of photos!

Great time in the Munds Mountain Wilderness! : rambo :
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Hot Loop Trail #94Sedona, AZ
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This was a hot trail indeed. I recall underestimating the difficulty of this trail.
We did not plan on completing the hike, I think we reached the half way mark. Very rocky trail, great scenery once we reached the mesa. We were not sure where the trail ends so we decided to turn back. We did not encounter anyone else on the trail and the trail head was empty when we started, one other car by the time we finished the hike.
Recommend to complete this hike when the weather is cooler.
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Started from the Woods Canyon trailhead at the ranger station for a nice lasso route, counterclockwise. Hot Loop is a beautifully routed trail, good views and sandstone scenery. The upper part of Jacks is in pretty poor condition.
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Hiking18.92 Miles 2,800 AEG
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The Hot Loop trail is not a loop, rather named for branding cattle. Yet you can make a nice loop with Jacks Canyon Trail #55. We hit this clockwise heading up Jack's Canyon. It doesn't irk me as it did in the past. The trail is brush free save maybe a twig or two. It sports a few minor route finding moments crossing the creek. What I enjoy most is how the trees come into play after gaining only 500 feet of gain. By 850 feet up you are in a nice forest with a few of my favorites, the wicked cool Arizona Cypress. The views behind you get pretty red rock sweet as you approach the saddle.

Connecting over to the Hot Loop is a dream these days. Bomber sized caged cairns direct you over. A decade or so ago it was a live oak nightmare wade.

Believe this was my first time doing the Hot Loop Trail #94 as a through hike. It was nicer than memory served. The distant views heading down are outstanding. Last year about this time ( rainier cherry season ) we did a Jacks-Munds-Lee loop. It was cool to see the route we took down off Lee Mountain.

Started w/4 frozen quarts, using 3.75. It was overcast for the entire ascent. Clear yet breezy heading down with puffy clouds accumulating. Only got hot at the end. The humidity on the other hand would make posting this as a swim within reason.

Synopsis A most enjoyable loop. Slightly brushy for a quarter mile tops heading down #94. If Sedona didn't have such a smorgasbord of other awesome hikes I'd rate this much higher. No water anywhere as expected. jj did spot and cool off from a rancher faucet near the corral at the trailhead. Heading in I thought I was going on a fourteen mile stroll, as typical I don't research much. When I saw a sign near the trailhead stating 22 I looked over at jj and said seriously. He said about 19 which was spot on.

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I have been wanting to do this one for a couple years now. I hit Joe up to see if he would be interested and he was down. When we pulled into Oak Creek near Sedona we were pleased to see it was overcast. The hike was a bit humid and by the time we got to the top of Jacks Canyon we were pretty soaked. I suppose that is to be expected this time of year.

I had thought the way down off the plateau would have been much more brushy but not bad at all. This turned out to be a great hike with killer views down into Woods Canyon. I will likely do it again sometime when it is a little cooler.
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Triplog/ photoset from original hike discription, with optional side trip to Munds Mountain scenic overlook.
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Jack's Canyon Trail #55Sedona, AZ
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Well my weekend plans fell through so I switched gears, and after just being in Sedona decided to go back to hit a couple more trails. I mean how can you go wrong in Red Rock Country? Anyway, I did Jacks Canyon and at the Trail Head saw the big sign that showed a map. On the map was Jacks Canyon and what looked like a nice Loop back via the "Hot Loop" Trail. A little ways into the hike I see a sign stating that it is not a Loop Hike but rather a strenuous 22 mile hike of ups and downs that is over grown, etc. This intrigues me but this is not the day for such an adventure. For one I got a late start and two I am wearing shorts.

Jacks Canyon takes off from a nice spot with good parking and works its way back up into the drainage. After a ways I passed a muddy tank and then the trail got much more interesting. It followed the dry creek and crossed it many times. The trees were changing colors which was nice. The trail doesn't get very steep until the last little push up to the saddle. Even then it is very manageable. So back to this "Hot Loop" thing. At the saddle there are three trails that meet the Jacks Canyon Trail. One is the Schnebly Trail which I took out to Committee Tank and back. One is Munds Mountain Trail and the other is the Hot Loop Trail. I wanted to go up to the top of Munds but first let's see where the Hot Loop Trail goes. I followed it across the top to the rim for roughly 40 minutes. It passes a tank that was full of water and then heads for the rims edge. I took it to the edge and even went down the heavily overgrown trail for a short distance. I could quickly see that this was one for another day and for pants and a little extra water. I turned back and meandered accross the plateau which is well cairned. Once back at the saddle I went up the short but steep trail to the top of Munds Mountain. The day was starting to get away from me so time to head back. Ooops, my headlamp is in my new Camelbak and not with me. The last hour of the way out was a slow go as I was in the dark. Luckily my camera helped lead the way when I was in question. Just snap a shot with the flash and back on track.

Side note: Once back at the motel I looked up this Hot Loop/Jacks Canyon Hike and it looks like it is around 18 miles not 22. It goes up and across Horse Mesa and then up the side of the Rim to where I left it. The part going up the side of the rim is very steep and extremely overgrown according to one write up. I am not sure how but they use to take the cattle up this trail to graze. Hmmm, I think this sounds like a great day hike! Anyone interested?
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Hot Loop Trail #94Sedona, AZ
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Transferring missing hikes to HAZ. Tedious.
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Woods Canyon Trail #93 - SedonaSedona, AZ
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Hot Loop to Woods Canyon trail. Lots of fresh, cold water following in Woods Canyon. I haven't hiked WC trail in many years and noticed many small rock slides on the trail. Hot Loop trail a bit muddy and therefore slippery.
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This one really ought to be called either 'Horse Mesa' or its geographically correct cousin 'Wild Horse Mesa.' First, there ain't no wild horses up there. Joe's description of this trail is perfectly apt. He is such a good writer. You can't get much better than what he said about it. We followed his directions all the way up to that left turn he missed going out to the middle of nowhere. We went out there and cooked some ramen and had a nice old time. The views are OK if you don't mind looking at a bunch of weird houses. Whoever designed most of these houses would make Frank Lloyd Wright turn over in his whatever. Luckily, it didn't make us toss up our ramen. The trail isn't much to write home about. Just another typical weirdo FS trail. Poorly maintained tread. Poor signage. Poor carins. What can you say? Apparently the Red Rock Pass gets spent paying people to hang out in so-called Visitor Centers giving out Miss Information. But we promised we wouldn't gripe too much. Anyway, we suggest you don't think of this walk if it is wet. Don't even think about it. It was OK on MLK 2002. All we saw was some weird guy with a white horse and a white hat. He was walking his white horse with no water, no food and no apparent reason for being there. The horse was obviously high dollar and had an English dressage saddle. Go figure. These are the kinds of things you see on Sedona-area trails.
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