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Apr 22 2021
Nightstalker
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Mescal Chuck Wagon Loop, AZ 
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My bike buddies Carey and Dan joined me in Sedona to ride this excellent loop. I was surprised to find parking available at the Mescal trailhead at 9am, but it was a Thursday. I can tell you that there is currently construction going on along Dry Creek road near Devil's Bridge - the shoulder is being closed to parking south of the turnoff to the Devil's Bridge trailhead. We rode Mescal north to Canyon of Fools, Dawa, Aerie, Deadmans Pass, Long Canyon, and returned on Chuck Wagon. Perfect temps and excellent trails!
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Long Canyon Trail #122 - SedonaSedona, AZ
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Run/Jog12.58 Miles 1,378 AEG
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Decided after yesterday's debacle, some easy-to-follow trails would be in order. Long Canyon has been on the list for a bit, and it seemed like good Sedona weather, so decided on that this morning (my friend literally showed up at my place, and I said, "I was thinking Mazatzals, Supes, or Sedona, what sounds good?"). Last minute decisions are great.

Anyways, we parked near Boynton TH, along the road, and started up over Deadman's Pass. Everything from here up to where Long Canyon takes a little jog north is pretty flat, easy jogging. After the north jog the scenery gets like 10 times better. Colors were popping near the end of the trail.

At the official trail end, there are a few different canyons you can explore. We walked up the one to the east (towards Maroon Mountain), some vegetation and scrambling involved. Curious whether one could get up to Maroon from there, but it looked like a pretty steep scree slope farther up ahead.

Way down was fast and easy, took a detour around Mescal Mountain. Mascal trail was good fun.
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Deadmans PassSedona, AZ
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Run/Jog4.41 Miles 200 AEG
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Second hike of the morning. Had family vacation obligations so I needed something I could knock out fairly quickly. Initial thought was the Mescal Trail, but that looked longer than I had time for, so I headed down to the Long Canyon TH and did an in and out with Deadman's Pass. I took Long Canyon Trail in about a mile where it connected to the start of Deadman's Pass Trail. Up to this point Long Canyon is a fairly boring trail. Sandy with a slight incline, straight and exposed. Deadman's Pass is pretty more of the same, though more rocky. It is a saddle trail. So there is a continued climb as you north to the south. Once you hit the saddle there is a steady decline as you pass the Mescal juncture and end with a connection to the Boyton Canyon Trail. Not an overly scenic trail, in and of itself, but the surrounding views are nice....duh...Sedona! Once I hit Boyton I turned around and followed the same trail back. No wildlife, though I encountered 5 hikers on Long Canyon Trail.
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Mescal Chuck Wagon Loop, AZ 
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Mtn Biking13.40 Miles 1,353 AEG
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I was a little nervous about heading to Sedona on a holiday weekend just days after the Dry Creek trail system quarantine was lifted. But, the temperatures were forecasted to be great and we're early birds so we went for it. Got to the Mescal trail head at 7am and only a couple of vehicles there. Quick climb up Mescal right from the start then the trail levels off to go around the mountain. Opted for the "Extreme" trail this time. The only real tough part is jumping a foot wide gap on the off camber slick rock (I ended up pushing my bike across). Mescal is such a treat! From there we jumped on Deadmans Pass for a big long climb over to Long Canyon which is smooth fast downhill to Chuck Wagon. Chuck Wagon is a nice long collection of ups and downs with plenty of shade and some interesting rocky challenges. Lots of traffic on Chuck Wagon, both bikers and hikers. Took Chuck Wagon all the way down to Girdner and over to Snake. From there to OK Alternative which was devoid of any signs of recent human traffic. Jumped on OK for a bit and then crossed the road up Canyon of Fools to Yucca and back to the trailhead on Mescal.
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Mescal Mountain Loop, AZ 
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Hiking5.29 Miles 792 AEG
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We had to drop off some more art for the Romain Room at Sedona Consignment (off of Coffee Pot Dr and 89A) so we thot we would make a weekend of it. Please feel free to drop by and take a look. We stayed at the Green Tree and apparently there was a jeep caravan staying there as well.
The next morning we headed out to the trailhead. I had my window down and could hear this buzzing. I said, "that can't be cicadas" can it? as it sounded like an electric fence on steroids. But that's exactly what it was. I was surprised when we got to the Trailhead that there weren't more cars. We decided to do the loop counterwise as I had done it clockwise a couple years ago with Kelly.... should have gone the other way.

Anyway, we started down and then up as we made our way to the trail junction with Deadman Pass and then headed south and around on the Mescal Trail up to the side of Mescal Mountain. We already encountered our first bike rider of many today. On our way up we stopped to look back at the fabulous view. As we hiked we would discover we almost needed ear plugs as the cicadas were so loud. We thot they would eventually stop buzzing but it more or less continued the entire way :o .

Once up on the ledge it is such great hiking and such great views. It was slightly shady here as we made our way around to the south side. My niece is a bit of a picture-taker so we stopped a few times for her to be come one with the landscape. Once again we would encounter some more bike riders as we made our way around the corner. But before we did, we noticed a trail that went up the side thinking it might be a climbers route or something. Later we would see some hikers hiking above us but they certainly weren't climbers so maybe there is a higher trail.

It's real pretty along this south side and interesting where the trees seem to be more plentiful above us. You have distant views to Courthouse Butte and the like too. The trail splits for the bikers so Mia took the biker-rated difficult (high trail) and I took the biker-rated extreme (lower trail). We eventually determined that the difference in the rating must be due to the Extreme being on the edge and having more challenging entry/exit points. My older cousin (by 9 months), Wendy Romain Walsh, rode this and had mentioned to me as well that for her it was a bit frightening.

We made our way around the mountain and over to the Long Canyon Trailhead. Along the way we encountered a few more hikers and bike riders and lizards and beautifully budding and blooming agave. The cicadas were flying around as well and occasionally they would hit us; not sure why. A couple hit my hat so it became more of a helmet it seemed. The temps were starting to warm as we made our way up Long Canyon Trail which looks like a wide open road for a bit. Here we saw some different flora though not much blooming.

We stopped just after the junction with Deadman Pass to eat our apples. While there a couple helicopters flew above and we saw a bike instructor with two students trying to pedal up the hill by here. We would run into them off and on for the rest of the hike. As we came up the Deadman Pass, Mia says, "yep, we sure should have gone the other way" ](*,) . We ran into a family that didn't have any idea where they were hiking really and had very little water. We told them the trail does loop but it's about 4 1/2 miles. They decided to turn around. We waited for them a bit at the Mescal Trail Jct to let them know they could reach the side of the mountain from here in less than 1/2 mile. I guess they originally thot they were doing a hike up to the spire but this wasn't even the TH for that I don't think.

My niece is having hip issues so this was a good test to see what they could handle. And for me, any hike right now is a good hike. Here are a couple videos, you will hear the cicadas throughout:
Video 1 to the south side [ youtube video ]
Video 2 finishing off the hike [ youtube video ]
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May 05 2019
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Deadmans PassSedona, AZ
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Hiking6.10 Miles 638 AEG
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Earlier we did the Boynton Canyon hike, and decided to add Deadman's Pass along with Long Canyon Trail. We didn't quite make the end of Long Trail due to time constraints. Another nice hike in Sedona.
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Apr 20 2019
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Chuckwagon - Mescal - Deadman's pass - Long Ca, AZ 
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In all the times I've been to Sedona, I have never had my bike with me. Planned a trip with the boys and the night before we came up with this sort of figure 8 loop. It was great.
Chuckwagon was mostly empty other than the section that people use to access Devil's Bridge. There was also quite a bit of water still in some of the creek crossings.
Mescal is the main one I wanted to ride, seemed like a nice mix of slick rock and exposure, but not crazy like white line. I enjoyed this trail a lot, excellent scenery, and even though there were many others on the trail it did not feel over crowded.
Deadman's pass, not bad, would have rather gone downhill not up.
Long Canyon, glad I was going down on the one.
I also confirmed how out of shape I am in, but even so this trip was plenty enjoyable, not sure why I waited so long.

chuckwagon - [ youtube video ]

Mescal - [ youtube video ]
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Sedona - Mescal Mt / Fay / Pumphouse, AZ 
Sedona - Mescal Mt / Fay / Pumphouse, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2018
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Hiking9.57 Miles 950 AEG
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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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Mescal Mountain - Long Canyon, AZ 
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Hiking14.37 Miles 3,136 AEG
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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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Mescal Mountain - Long Canyon, AZ 
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Hiking14.00 Miles 3,150 AEG
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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.

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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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Mescal Mountain - Long Canyon, AZ 
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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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Boynton to Devil's Bridge, AZ 
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Hiking9.69 Miles 1,165 AEG
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Boynton Canyon Trail #47Sedona, AZ
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Boynton Canyon TH was parked full when I got there. (Busy spring weekend in Sedona!) Luckily it's a pretty short walk between the TH and FR152C, where it's legal to park on the side of the road. (If you don't like buying the Red Rock Pass, this seems like a good option.)

I did parts of this canyon hike off-trail, in the dry creekbed, and my photos were all taken during those parts. The trail, itself, was pretty crowded, but the creekbed was great. The Enchantment Resort seems to extend for about the first mile of the hike -- you are theoretically in the Wilderness, but seeing buildings, satellite dishes, cars on a resort road, etc. Also for that first mile you have to walk the official trail. After you get past the last of the buildings, the trail gets a bit shadier, and the first place where the trail meets creekbed is just a bit after the last building - creekbed veering off to the right.

EDIT - Oh yeah, and there's a sign near the Boynton TH about a bear that had to be destroyed in 2014, because some people fed it, and then it became aggressive toward people, trying to get easy calories. The sign reminds, "A fed bear is a dead bear." If you choose to backpack this canyon, please keep it in mind.

The Deadmans Pass trailhead is off the Boynton, so I decided to check it out on the way back. It's pretty much an inverted "V" of a trail -- you hike steadily uphill for 3/4 of a mile, then you start downhill, with a view of a golf resort ahead of you. Mescal Mountain is on your right (if you're headed NE), and unnamed bluffs on your left. Very thick manzanita forest (with a few junipers and such thrown in) on both sides of the trail. Mtn bikes are allowed, but there were few on the Sunday I hiked it. (The trail is just on top of the wilderness boundary, according to my TI map.) Looks like there are some loop options in this area, among the Deadmans Pass Tr, Long Canyon Tr, Mescal Tr, Aerie Tr and Cockscomb Tr -- will have to check some out on a future trip.
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Dead Long Chuck Mescal, AZ 
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Hiking9.65 Miles 1,027 AEG
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angela's knee was healed enough to try this scenic sedona combo
criteria was eight to ten miles, not much elevation gain
deadman's pass, long canyon, chuckwagon and mescal for a clockwise loop
i've done the mescal mountain loop a couple times, but angela added a big chunk of chuckwagon for some extra mileage
got going around 0930, in cool temps and not much breeze
not as many hiking these trails as there might have been on Boynton canyon
we did see some hikers and mountain bikers later on
took a lunch break in a little pouroff/amphitheater with comfy seating in the shade, then another snack break along mescal
angela's knee held up well
had some early dinner at black bear diner in cottonwood, then headed back down I-17 with one slowdown going up the hill from camp verde - not bad
thanks for driving, angela
nice getting out with you again :)
next time will have to take a look at summiting mescal mountain
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Mescal Mountain Loop with Chuckwagon, AZ 
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tibber
Hiking9.86 Miles 1,081 AEG
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Time to see how the knee would do so I found this hike, even though Kelly had done part of it before. I made a bigger loop with little ups and downs through Sedona's beautiful redrock country. My knee did well but I gave out at about the seven mile mark; plus it got a little warm. We drove up the back way via Cottonwood and took one of the last few spots at the Boynton TH.

We headed up in the very cool shade of Deadmans Pass Trail with great views to our north. We encountered about 6 other hiker/bikers on this stretch. As we came toward Long Canyon we got to see some yellowing tall trees where we hooked up with the Chuckwagon Trail. This trail is only a few years old.

We continued east as we stayed high above Dry Creek below but had nice vistas every which way with the main one being Lost Wilson and Wilson Mountains. We spotted Devil's Bridge so I did some zooming altho you wouldn't know it was the Bridge unless you knew it was the bridge if you know what I mean. We saw some houses just before we dropped down into the creek bed. What a great backyard they have :) . It was interesting terrain down here before we climbed back up to once again see our vistas and eventually start heading west.

We had lunch at a scenic overpour with views toward Maroon Mountain. As we continued further it almost felt we were on a bit of a ridge/plateau. We could see Doe Mountain in the distance as well before we hooked up with the Mescal Trail and started heading north and west. Coming up from the drainage at the Mescal TH is when the sun started getting to me and I began losing my mojo. We were nearing the seven mile mark and agreed to take a break when we reached that mark but ended going a little farther and taking advantage of the last shade before you head around Mescal Mountain.

Oh Mescal Mountain, you are a beauty. Not only the mountain itself but the views along the way continue to dazzle; especially as you round the long corner and head north. And that's when it really dawned on me why Kelly didn't object to doing this trail again. The trail around the mountain is nice and only has a couple pay attention to your footing moments. We saw a rather large cave that looks like it might be fun to check out and of course Kelly does want to summit it one day.

It got a little warm as we finished off so I was glad we were done. Plus I'm still a bit weak after nearly a month of any good solid physical activity. (A note, it does seem the bikers go counterclockwise.) We both enjoyed our beer. We were presented with two rock hearts by a gentleman walking around the parking lot. It's supposed to bring us something but I can't remember what. Anyway, it was a thoughtful gesture.

Thanks again Kelly for a great hike and your patience. At least with the slower pace you have lots of great stuff to look at.
Later we headed to That Brewery in Cottonwood but they don't serve food and with it being Sunday, other options were closed. We ended up eating at the Black Bear Diner and come to find out, they have a few other franchises here in the Valley. The drive back was not bad except for going up the hill as it was backed up clear to the intersection we came out on. Fortunately, it stayed steady and we made it back with only one other minor slowdown.


Video 1 - Deadman's Pass onto Chuckwagon Trail via Long Canyon https://youtu.be/8cizmhl-sXs
Video 2 - Chuckwagon Trail https://youtu.be/TbSwop--BNo
Video 3 - Chuckwagon Trail onto Mescal Trail https://youtu.be/J1kUbOzXDsE
Video 4 - Mescal Trail and Mountain https://youtu.be/r0OtfGcCnkM
Leaves shimmering 21 second video - https://youtu.be/E0un1UfjtpM
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Nov 08 2015
Booneman
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 Guides 9
 Routes 33
 Photos 736
 Triplogs 3,635

40 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
Partners none no partners
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
 Photos 960
 Triplogs 1,137

73 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
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Partners none no partners
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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Brian
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday......there is no SOMEDAY!
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Feb 02 2014
trekkin_gecko
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 Guides 9
 Routes 392
 Photos 4,859
 Triplogs 3,262

63 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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 Guides 9
 Routes 392
 Photos 4,859
 Triplogs 3,262

63 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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faithquilt
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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average hiking speed 2.12 mph
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