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Girdner Trail #162 - 5 members in 11 triplogs have rated this an average 2.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Nov 03 2020
azbackpackr
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68 female
 Joined Jan 21 2006
 Flagstaff AZ
Girdner Trail #162Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2020
azbackpackr
Hiking3.33 Miles 420 AEG
Hiking3.33 Miles   1 Hour   56 Mns   1.78 mph
420 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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A short hike with a friend on Election day. We were staying, along with another friend, at fancy digs she'd booked through her timeshare. I'm not used to such luxury, but I adjusted very well, haha! We were able to walk from the resort to the trailhead in 5 minutes.

After starting out, we picked a loop we saw on a signboard that looked doable. She'd had an injury recently, and this loop was just the right distance.

It's very, very dry. Do I even need to mention that? Everyone knows that. It had sprinkled the day before, very briefly, but not enough to get anything even slightly damp.

So, our friend says he thinks the car is a late-40's Mercury. Any other opinions? [Edit: I have since found a photo for comparison, which I added to photoset. @LosDosSloFolks check it out!]

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May 16 2020
Nightstalker
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Girdner Anaconda Loop, AZ 
Girdner Anaconda Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar May 16 2020
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking11.70 Miles 1,287 AEG
Mtn Biking11.70 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   5.75 mph
1,287 ft AEG      53 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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Carey got a new mountain bike last week and today was her first official ride. We started the ride from the Cultural Center and headed out to Stirrup, Saddle Up, Girdner, Anaconda, AZ Cypress, and returned on Girdner. Was super surprised to find only one other vehicle in the parking lot when we arrived at 7:15! Didn't see many out on the trails either. I guess they were all still stuck in the long line of traffic heading north bound on the I-17 we saw on our return to Phoenix. Trails in the Dry Creek complex are all just so awesome with spectacular views.
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Aug 12 2017
mt98dew
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52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Girdner Trail #162Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Aug 12 2017
mt98dew
Run/Jog9.52 Miles 463 AEG
Run/Jog9.52 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   4.39 mph
463 ft AEG
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Belated post. Did this jog as an in and out from the southern TH, just off the 89A. The Girdner Trail starts at the exact same spot as the Centennial and crosses it once as it begins a gradual decent into Dry Creek Canyon. The trail is obvious and is easy to follow, though there is an occasional user trail that connects to the Girdner that may cause you to pause to consider the correct route. For me, the most questionable juncture occurred .5 miles into the trail. You'll want to stay to the left and continue in a northwesterly direction. No exact numbers here, but I feel it was just over a mile to reach the bottom of Dry Creek Canyon. After this, there is a series of entries and exits as you enter the creek bed and then climb out the other side to have the trail shadow the creek bed at a higher elevation, only to drop down and cross the creek bed and repeat again. The trail was marked well enough that these creek bed crossings were easy to follow, though at one point some downed trees caused a temporary speed bump. Once again, the numbers are not exact, but I want to say around 3.25 miles begins a short, but steady climb out of the canyon. This is the first time during the hike that I could actually see anything of distance around me. But even then, the terrain around me was still higher, so site lines were still limited. The trail drops down the other side and then starts to connect to a myriad of other trails in the area. For the next mile the trail does a gradual climb as it "officially" exits the canyon. The trail ends at Boyton Pass Rd.

There is parking space at this end of the trail for 4-5 vehicles and is an ideal starting point if you wants to make any loops with all the trails that connect to the Girdner. The views on this trail are nice, but not Sedonaesque. For most of the hike views are restricted to the canyon so the fantastic vista of Sedona is obscured. Because of recent rains Dry Creek could have been more aptly named "Muddy", "Puddle", or "Pond Creek." No wildlife. Saw one dog walker near the end of the Girdner before I turned around and that was it. Side note: During my run, hot air balloons were flying overhead. I tried to snap a picture of one that was almost directly above me. At the southern Girdner TH there is expansive parking and two nice picnic tables. When I finished my run there were several "balloon transporting vehicles" and about 20 people breaking their fast and toasting their successful balloon flight. Ironic, with how different our modes of transportation were, we ended up in the same spot.
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Jun 16 2013
Booneman
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40 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Cockscomb Trail - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jun 16 2013
Booneman
Run/Jog16.50 Miles 882 AEG
Run/Jog16.50 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   7.62 mph
882 ft AEG
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I was dropped off this morning at the Bear Canyon Trailhead and ran out to the Palatki Ruins on FR152. Then I ran back to the Fay Canyon Trailhead and hit the trails back to 89A near Dry Creek Road.
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Nov 06 2010
Booneman
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 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Sedona 50K Trail Ultra, AZ 
Sedona 50K Trail Ultra, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Nov 06 2010
Booneman
Run/Jog32.04 Miles 7,436 AEG
Run/Jog32.04 Miles   5 Hrs   17 Mns   6.06 mph
7,436 ft AEG
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Below is the course around Sedona for the 50K endurance race, and the elevation gain was provided by the race director. This was by far the toughest, yet most scenic trail race I've ever done. Fortunately, I had a friend from Flagstaff running the race that knew the entire route, otherwise I would have been incredibly lost. We exchanged the lead with several other runners as the day went on, somehow he and I managed to come out on top finishing the race together in a true team effort with a tie for first. Wish I could have enjoyed the scenery, except I was a little more concerned with my foot placement on the trails. The weather was perfect, the race was well organized, everything seemed to go as smooth as possible, and everyone was in good spirits despite the challenges the race provided.


Red Rock High School to Herkenham Trail to Old Post Trail, Chavez Ranch Road to Red Rock Crossing, Baldwin Trail to Templeton Trail to HT Trail to Bell Rock Pathway. Little Horse Trail to Chicken Point, Broken Arrow to Marg's Draw to Schnebly Road to Huckaby Trail to Midgley Bridge. Wilson Canyon Trail to Jim Thompson Trail to Jordan Trail to Teacup Trail to Sugarloaf. Thunder Mountain Trail to Andante Trail to Dry Creek Road. Girdner Trail to Cultural Center and back to High School.
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Oct 16 2008
Jim_H
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Girdner Trail #162Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2008
Jim_H
Hiking9.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.40 mph
300 ft AEG
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This isn't the most interesting or challenging trail in Sedona, but it has some good views of the area and it didn't appear to be heavily used. Great weather made it a nice day for a leisurely hike. Its ashame I seem to be coming down with a cold.
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Aug 02 2008
e005229
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63 male
 Joined Nov 25 2005
 el mirage, az
Girdner Trail #162Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 02 2008
e005229
Hiking9.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   2.70 mph
300 ft AEG
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6 AM start today. A light rain falling, if you can believe that. Saw absolutely no one else all the way out and back, which is rare for any Sedona area trail. Except for some pools of stagnant water, the creek was dry as usual. Good views of the cockscomb as well as other formations surrounding Sedona.
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Nov 07 2005
kevin1959
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 Joined Mar 25 2002
 Dewey, AZ
Girdner Trail #162Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2005
kevin1959
Hiking8.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.78 mph
300 ft AEG
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Back to the Girtner trail for me, on a beautiful and warm November day. Little foot traffic, but a few mountain bikers. This trail has become more rocky than before. Must have been due to the heavy summer rains. All of the creeks that required crossing on my hike were totally dry this time. I also hiked all of the Twin Fences trail, crossed over Dry Creek Road and hiked what I believe is the Chimney trail, and part of the Cypress trail.
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Oct 23 2004
kevin1959
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 Joined Mar 25 2002
 Dewey, AZ
Girdner Trail #162Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2004
kevin1959
Hiking9.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.80 mph
300 ft AEG
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After Sedona received rain a fews days prior I thought it would be interesting to see how much water was in the creek on the Girdner trail. Turns out there were some areas where chocolate milk-colored water blocked the hiking trail. Also mud was found on the trail, and water drainage from the rain made the trail obscured. The trees in the canyon were already changing color. I started out at the Sedona Cultural Center and hiked from the Girdner trail, to AZ Cypress, Dawa, Cockscomb, then back to Girdner. Beautiful day outdoors for this 1/2 day hike loop hike.
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Oct 27 2003
kevin1959
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 Joined Mar 25 2002
 Dewey, AZ
Girdner Trail #162Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2003
kevin1959
Hiking9.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles
300 ft AEG
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Hiked the Girdner trail (10/25/03) on a beautiful, but somewhat windy Sedona day. I love how very few people hike this trail. A few trees in the little canyons were changing color. By accident I took the fork to the Cypress trail, which then leads back to the Girdner trail. Taking the Girdner trail (right turn) I hiked all the way to Dry Creek Road. Here is where a handfull of mountain bikers and one dog rode past me. I then backtracked and decided to take a fork (left turn) on a trail called Twin Fences. Have never heard of this trail, so off I went. After crossing a few small, dry washes it is obvious where the twin fence name comes in. To both the left and right the trail is surrounded by fenced areas. To the right also contains some of Sedona's finer and very expensive homes (aka: mansions). One home owner even built a trail from their home to connect with the T.F. trail. Eventually I came out at Dry Creek Road. The wind was really picking up so it was time to head back to the Girdner trailhead at the Sedona Cultural Center.
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Oct 11 2003
Trishness
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 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Girdner Trail #162Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2003
Trishness
Hiking5.50 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   1.69 mph
300 ft AEG
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We only did a portion of this trail.....out and back to the Rupp Trail junction. See above for trail description.
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