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Dec 27 2018
John9L
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Sedona - Mescal Mt / Fay / Pumphouse, AZ 
Sedona - Mescal Mt / Fay / Pumphouse, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2018
John9L
Hiking9.57 Miles 950 AEG
Hiking9.57 Miles
950 ft AEG
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1st trip
Headed to Sedona with a friend in hopes of snow and adventure. Snow was forecasted starting late morning and would build as the day progressed. We would spend the day exploring Mescal Mountain, Fay Canyon and Pumphouse Wash.

We started off at the Long Canyon TH and started a CCW loop around Mescal Mountain. We checked out a couple of alcoves and looped around. The views were nice and dark clouds were developing. We completed the loop and then drove over to Fay Canyon. We headed up that canyon and bypassed the arch, we've both been there before, and topped out near the end of the trail sign. During this time a light snow started falling.

After Fay, we ate lunch and then headed up 89A. We opted for Pumphouse Wash. At this point, this entire area had a solid dusting of snow. We parked right outside the wash and headed in. It was slow as we enjoyed this amazing canyon. We took a variety of pics and went about a mile in. At this point it was getting late in the day and we wanted to head back.

The drive home turned into an adventure. We headed north for the I-17 and snow started falling again. We hit the I-17 and found a standstill for miles and miles. We ultimately turned around and headed back down 89A and got home at least two hours later than we should have. Despite this, it was a really nice day. We were a tad early for the snow but got a small taste. This would develop into a solid storm over the next few days.
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Jun 16 2018
The_Eagle
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Mescal Mountain - Long Canyon, AZ 
Mescal Mountain - Long Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking14.37 Miles 3,136 AEG
Hiking14.37 Miles   9 Hrs   3 Mns   1.79 mph
3,136 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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The break in the June weather, moved this hike up on my list. Temps 70's and light to medium drizzle for a good portion of the day, made for some interesting cloud formations.

All of these trails were new to me and Long Canyon's been on the list for awhile. Starting at the Mescal TH, on the Mescal Trail, we were all surprised by how nice this trail and views were.

Deadmans Pass Trail is all about the views. The entrance to Boynton Canyon, Dutchwoman, Mescal Mountain and the entrance to our first set of adventures, Long Canyon.

I had a set of ruins and a 70' tall ladder on the agenda to find, with a few other ruins and a trip past the end of trail as options.

We took Long Canyon Trail to "Butt Rock" and started the 700' climb past the three sisters. The views got better the higher we got. The ruins are a pretty well preserved 3 room structure. There are corn cobs, hemp and shards in the area. They sure picked a sweet spot. The best part of this spot is it's echo. I've never heard a location that echoed like this one. [ youtube video ]

Next up, was to look for the ladder. I'd seen photos of it, and a cryptic idea of the location. The area we searched was a bust. I need to do some more research.

We skipped the search for more ruins to go past the "End of Trail" and look for a way up and out of the canyon. There is a well worn path for a good portion. There is a steep climb, head through a subway, up again and then...no go.

We retreated from Long Canyon and decided we'd finish the day with trip to the top of Mescal Mountain on the way back. The initial climb from Deadmans Trail, was more of a matter of finding a way through the brush. After the initial climb, we made our way across the ridge to the final climb. Looking at it quickly from afar, it did not look like it was going to happen. We got up to the edge and Karl found a path up. Good views for sure up top. Getting down was surprisingly much easier than getting [ youtube video ]

We saw only a handful of people all day.
Good times in Sedona
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Jun 16 2018
joebartels
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Mescal Mountain - Long Canyon, AZ 
Mescal Mountain - Long Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2018
joebartels
Hiking14.00 Miles 3,150 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   9 Hrs   3 Mns   1.74 mph
3,150 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break12 LBS Pack
 
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BiFrost
The_Eagle
Mescal Trail
Semi dreaded this one heading in. Turned out to be a winner. Red rock views galore over a red rock course that holds your interest. Overcast and sprinkles are the ticket in June.

Deadmans Pass
Once again better than anticipated. The views, weather & company synced well.

Long Canyon Trail #122
Like Fay Canyon the forest alone has merit. Just a good hike if you follow the trail. Any scramble you survive will probably net a better experience. Ruins will be the main attraction for most. Looked similar to other rock pueblos but the approach was an impressive short adventure. Scratched a 17 year itch just enough to rekindle a quicker return. Speaking of which, there is some trophy poison ivy in this canyon.

Mescal Mountain
Heading in this intrigued me slightly more than the mountain bike trail around the perimeter. The pitch up albeit different than the scree chute to Brown's Peak rates a similar effort. Serious class 3 but not really class 4. Which means most will tackle it without hemming and hawing. The views up top are good. That said the perimeter trail is just as impressive in my opinion.

Synopsis
Sedona was a big piece of getting me interested in this despicably boring activity. Three previously traveled areas this year alone have netted unexpected new views and interest.
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Jun 16 2018
BiFrost
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50 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Mescal Mountain - Long Canyon, AZ 
Mescal Mountain - Long Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2018
BiFrost
Hiking14.37 Miles 3,136 AEG
Hiking14.37 Miles   9 Hrs   3 Mns   1.79 mph
3,136 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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1st trip
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joebartels
The_Eagle
Joined Bruce and Joe for some Sedona hiking fun. Bruce combined the Mescal Mountain and Long Canyon into a sort of loop hike. We did a partial loop on Mescal before heading into Long Canyon. Did a side trip up to some nice ruins around 3 Sisters rock formation. After that we continued up Long Canyon passed the end of trail sign and followed some routes up the steep canyon. Gets pretty steep and allegedly there is a way up to the rim but it looks challenging.

We headed back down Long Canyon enjoying the nice trail before one more detour. We took side trip off and up Mescal Mountain. Some rock scrambling but nothing too intense to make the summit. Nice views all around and with the on and off rain it made for interesting cloud formations all day long.

After Mescal Mountain we headed back to Long Canyon Trail continuing on to finish off the Mescal Loop trail back to the vehicle. It was humid but great temps for mid June.
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Nov 08 2015
Booneman
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39 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Mescal MountainSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 08 2015
Booneman
Run/Jog19.00 Miles 1,230 AEG
Run/Jog19.00 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   7.04 mph
1,230 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Ran a big loop of trails, dirt and paved roads with enough hills to tax my legs. Felt pretty good overall.
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Nov 01 2014
Sun_Ray
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 Routes 7
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71 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Mescal MountainSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2014
Sun_Ray
Hiking4.96 Miles 475 AEG
Hiking4.96 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.38 mph
475 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Judy and I up in Sedona for 3 days. Did the Mescal, Long Canyon, Deadman's Pass, Mescal loop counter clockwise. Nice easy hike with great views and easy up's and down's. Great for your friends that don't hike much as there's little elevation change. Well marked off of Long Canyon Rd.
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May 03 2014
hikerdw
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 Routes 131
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60 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Long Canyon Trail #122 - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 03 2014
hikerdw
Hiking13.10 Miles 1,663 AEG
Hiking13.10 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   3.08 mph
1,663 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
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1st trip
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On day two of our Sedona hiking we parked at the Mescal Trailhead and headed over to Devil's Bridge via the Chuckwagon Trail which I got the idea from trekking gecko's trip log, thanks! To our surprise we were able to enjoy the destination to ourselves which was very nice. From there we hiked back to the trailhead and then crossed Long Canyon road and headed over to the Long Canyon Trailhead and up Long Canyon trail. Really enjoyed this canyon once we actually got into it. Stopped and had a quick snack, changed the socks, and returned the same way. The morning was heating up pretty good, my phone showed 81 with a realfeel of 93.

Note to self, time to switch out of the goretex boots for the year, man they were hot. Glad I brought a change of socks on both hikes.
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Feb 02 2014
trekkin_gecko
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61 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Mescal MountainSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2014
trekkin_gecko
Hiking5.97 Miles 690 AEG
Hiking5.97 Miles   1 Hour   53 Mns   3.29 mph
690 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
1st trip
up early sunday morning to do this loop
deadman's pass to long canyon to mescal trail
took a side trip up vista trail
think there's a vortex up there
23 degrees to start with, maybe upper 30s when i finished
no wind, so it was fine
no people until i got back on deadman's pass
nice
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Feb 18 2013
trekkin_gecko
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61 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Deadmans PassSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2013
trekkin_gecko
Hiking4.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.00 mph
500 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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great morning hike with my mom and my brother
deadman's pass, long canyon trail to the road, then mescal trail along the base of mescal mountain and back on deadman's pass
there is a connector trail that skips the road, but we didn't realize it at the time
mescal trail must be relatively new, and there are several other newer trails in that area
if anyone know how long it is, chime in, as i am just guessing at the mileage on this loop
one stretch of mescal follows a ledge halfway up the mountain and it was super cool
my mom did pretty well on that part, even though she doesn't care for slanted slickrock with a dropoff :o
the mountain is definitely climbable, too
a nice hike capping a great weekend in sedona with family :)
had lunch at the mesa grill on airport mesa - cool spot
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Aug 23 2011
sheideman
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43 male
 Joined Jan 18 2011
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Long Canyon Trail #122 - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2011
sheideman
Hiking6.50 Miles 975 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   4 Hrs      1.63 mph
975 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Headed out to Long canyon and did a little side excursion to Mescal Mountain. Great day to hike--Long Canyon was very peaceful(except the helicopter tour every hour :? ) Trail was shady, lots of tiger swallowtail butterflies.
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Feb 24 2010
hippiepunkpira
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33 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 Peoria, AZ
Mescal MountainSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2010
hippiepunkpirate
Hiking2.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   1.60 mph
300 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Originally planned on Bear Mountain but with the overcast skies I wanted to make my way down to the creek to take some soft water shots, so I decided to try this one out. Couldn't remember what the HAZ description said exactly, but I was on the right track for the first mile. Took the Long Canyon Trail, turned left at Deadman's Pass Trail and then headed up the north side of the mountain. After some bushwhacking I found the faint footpath leading up, completed a short class 2 scramble and crested the top of the bench. The trail got scarce but I saw footprints and continued on. I noticed a very defined trail far below and to the south and figured I was on the wrong path (I wasn't, pbaenzig's GPS route clearly shows two separate trails up Mescal). Bushwhacking my way down to the path took awhile with all the prickly pear and what-not. Decided to save the real Mescal Mountain for another day and headed back to the car so I could hit-up Wet Beaver Creek.
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Feb 11 2008
kgmolson
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39 male
 Joined Nov 14 2007
 Phoenix
Mescal MountainSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2008
kgmolson
Hiking6.00 Miles 530 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.48 mph
530 ft AEG
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Jan 20 2008
kgmolson
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39 male
 Joined Nov 14 2007
 Phoenix
Mescal MountainSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2008
kgmolson
Hiking3.00 Miles 530 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   2.40 mph
530 ft AEG
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Apr 08 2005
pbaenzig
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82 male
 Joined Mar 10 2002
 Sedona, AZ
Mescal MountainSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 08 2005
pbaenzig
Hiking3.50 Miles 530 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.00 mph
530 ft AEG
 
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The Forest Service has rerouted the initial Long Canyon trail away from the golf course. The trail is much nicer this way. The turn-off to Mescal Mountain has been "renaturalized" by the Forest Service, too; so the turn-off is a bit harder to spot.
Once you've reached the saddle, you can proceed to the summit by going left as described in the hike description.
Or you can turn right and follow the lower part of Mescal Mountain going east. The trail is quite faint at times, but really -- you're hiking on top of a ridge: As long as you follow the ridge and don't jump of the vertical drop-offs, you'll get back on trail. At the end of the ridge, the trail goes off the ridge a bit to the left, then swings to the right at the bottom of the cliff and drops down steeply until it crosses the telephone line maintainance trail. Turn right and in a few steps you'll be on Deadman's Pass Trail, a popular bike trail. Turn right again and you'll joint Long Canyon trail after a few hundred yards. Right one more time on Long Canyon Trail gets you back to the trailhead.
The Forest Service in its wisdom has removed the name signs at the intersection of Deadman's Pass trail and Long Canyon Trail. Go figure.
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Aug 16 2003
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82 male
 Joined Mar 10 2002
 Sedona, AZ
Mescal MountainSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2003
pbaenzig
Hiking3.00 Miles 530 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.20 mph
530 ft AEG
 
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