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Harding Springs Trail #51 - 7 members in 11 triplogs have rated this an average 3.4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Oct 22 2017
Lost
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 Routes 21
 Photos 411
 Triplogs 66

36 male
 Joined Apr 18 2009
 Anthem, AZ
Harding Springs Trail #51Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2017
Lost
Hiking1.60 Miles 720 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.28 mph
720 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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May 10 2017
toddak
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 Guides 8
 Routes 5
 Photos 1,071
 Triplogs 399

54 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Oak Creek quintet, AZ 
Oak Creek quintet, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 10 2017
toddak
Hiking15.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   8 Hrs      1.88 mph
5,000 ft AEG
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Hiked the 5 road-to-rim trails on the east side of upper Oak Creek Canyon. Up and back down on Purtymun, Thomas Point and Telephone, then up Harding / north on the connector trail / down Cookstove. All are steep, well-constructed trails with scenery and big views. I expected more of a thrash on Purtymun but its in mostly good condition all the way to the rim, so it's clearly getting some use and unofficial maintenance.

Hit Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock on the way out of town, fun slickrock.
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Jul 21 2013
paulhubbard
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 Guides 4
 Routes 11
 Photos 2,715
 Triplogs 161

61 male
 Joined Jun 01 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Harding Springs - Cookstove Loop, AZ 
Harding Springs - Cookstove Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2013
paulhubbard
Hiking3.90 Miles
Hiking3.90 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.30 mph
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Teva Joe has written about this loop, a couple of people (including HPP) have traveled it, and I can't believe it doesn't have a lot more photos and triplogs. This is a beautiful loop hike in Oak Creek Canyon. I recommend going up the Harding Springs trail and DOWN the Cookstove trail. Cookstove is steep an sections, and you get to fill up your water at the spring at Pine Flats campground, yum (no filter needed)! If you start early enough, you can park on the east side of the road right next to the Harding Springs trailhead.

We started at around 8:30 and the temps were perfect (a bit humid after the recent rains), and there's plenty of shade on the trail up. On the rim the temps are cooler, and the trail is a pleasant stroll. Don't miss the cairns marking the top of Cookstove (they're hard to miss), and head on down. Once you get to the road it's only about a mile back to the Cave Springs campground.
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Aug 16 2011
cactusrose63
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 Photos 284
 Triplogs 20

58 female
 Joined Jun 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Harding Springs Trail #51Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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cactusrose63
Hiking0.82 Miles 740 AEG
Hiking0.82 Miles
740 ft AEG
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We hiked up Harding Springs and across the rim and back down Cookstove and glad we took that route as Cookstove seemed much steeper and rockier. What can you say, the striations in Sedona rock are just incredible!
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May 20 2010
Jim_H
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 Guides 55
 Routes 46
 Photos 7,718
 Triplogs 1,626

40 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Harding Springs Trail #51Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 20 2010
Jim_H
Hiking0.82 Miles 740 AEG
Hiking0.82 Miles      55 Mns   0.89 mph
740 ft AEG
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Number two on my canyon trails jaunt. I like this trail as well, but it offered the least number of views. One big plus is that the trail is the most forested of all the canyon trails, though some might say over grown. There are a number of dead old trees that had been out competed by the younger ones, but there are also quite a few live old trees. The most noticeable thing about this trail was the great smell of ponderosa pine along the length of it. Once on top there are some nice views of the spires of Coconino Sandstone the sit on the west side of the canyon and just north of West Fork. I poked around the pile burns and the small duff fire they had a month ago at the base. It looks pretty good, and some of the old trees have numerous fire scars at their bases, so the most recent one will just add to them.
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Sep 19 2009
HikerGirl_inAZ
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 Photos 16
 Triplogs 94

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 Joined Sep 06 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Harding Springs Trail #51Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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HikerGirl_inAZ
Hiking0.82 Miles 740 AEG
Hiking0.82 Miles
740 ft AEG
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Mar 21 2009
hippiepunkpira
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 Guides 25
 Routes 36
 Photos 2,877
 Triplogs 657

33 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 Peoria, AZ
Harding Springs Trail #51Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2009
hippiepunkpirate
Hiking4.20 Miles 860 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   2 Hrs      2.10 mph
860 ft AEG
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Went up Harding Springs this time and actually did the Harding/Rim/Cookstove loop. It turns out that when I tried this loop, I was at least a half mile from the top of Harding. Go Figure...now I know. I actually lost the rim trail for a while and got to do some bushwhacking! Good stuff. I'm starting to get extremely excited about summertime...these Oak Creek rim climbs are sweet! (and I'll have the mountain at my disposal as well :) )
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May 11 2008
bteplik
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 Triplogs 5

33 female
 Joined Apr 29 2008
 Mesa, Az
Harding Springs Trail #51Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 11 2008
bteplik
Hiking0.82 Miles 740 AEG
Hiking0.82 Miles      40 Mns   1.23 mph
740 ft AEG
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I enjoyed this hike. I had to be up and down in about an hour, so I didn't get to spend much time at the top, but the view from the top was good! I would do it again. I don't consider myself "in shape", so going up took me about 40 minutes (probably would've been less if I hadn't taken pictures...:)). The trip down took under 15 minutes-but that was because I ran. I would allow for maybe 20-30 minutes for the return trip another time. :) This trail was a good workout, but not impossible. It doesn't appear to be frequented by groups, either-the trail itself is narrow and I only met two other hikers the whole time.
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May 07 2006
Vaporman
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 Guides 2
 Routes 4
 Photos 8,687
 Triplogs 931

40 male
 Joined Mar 28 2005
 SLC, Utah
Harding Springs Trail #51Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 07 2006
Vaporman
Hiking4.90 Miles 740 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.18 mph
740 ft AEG
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Did this as part of a Harding Spring/Cookstove loop. Going up this trail wasn't too bad. Parking could be an issue during peak times, but this is a lesser used trail. Great views from up above though. This part of Sedona reminds me of a mini-Arizonan version of Zion canyon.
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Mar 10 2002
bdwilliams
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 Photos 203
 Triplogs 17

72 male
 Joined Mar 22 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Harding Springs Trail #51Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2002
bdwilliams
Hiking0.82 Miles 740 AEG
Hiking0.82 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   0.55 mph
740 ft AEG
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Jan 02 2002
montezumawell
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 Guides 6
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72 male
 Joined Feb 03 2002
 Montezumawell, A
Harding Springs Trail #51Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2002
montezumawell
Hiking 740 AEG
Hiking
740 ft AEG
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We walked this trail Christmas Eve, 2001. It appears to have been maintained within the last year or two. The Red Rock Pass machine is gone and so are the 'no parking' signs. There was 6-8 inches of old snow on the trail but it was no problem. We did it on the way back from a trip to Flagstaff and got up and back (with lunch) in less than 2 hours. It was a nice break from the hectic Holiday Season. We've heard rumors that vandals destroyed the ATM machine there and it won't be put back. If so, that means parking for this trail would be one of the best in Oak Creek Canyon. Be sure to continue 100-200 yards to your right when the trail tops out for the best views and a nice place to relax.
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