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    Cockscomb Sunset

    by blueskyjohn Updated Apr 24, 2014

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    As you walk along the Cockscomb trail you will see the Cockscomb with it's distinguished top of a large mesa and 4 round spires in a line going south. The trail passes the Cockscomb on the north. As you pass by you will see several herd trails leading in the direction of the Cockscomb. You can follow these to the top. But beware! The trails are not maintained and are very steep. You can reach the very top by veering left and working your way up. But if you stay right you will find a small spire with a pathway to a ledge that is the most perfect place to watch the sunset. It is secluded and private.

    This is a good option to watching the sunset at Doe Mountain. More and more people are going to Doe Mountain for this so if you want some privacy to watch the sunset the Cockscomb is the place. However, it takes longer to get to so plan accordingly.

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    by yosemitegrl Updated Apr 4, 2011

    We were able to spend 2 or 3 days hiking around in Sedona. The late fall (November) was interesting because there were pools of water everywhere! They offered some great reflections of the red rocks and allowed for not your typical Sedona pictures. Most people visiting go the Bell Rock, which we did, but there was no privacy and I think everyone who goes there has pictures of it from the road.

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    Clifftop Nature Trail

    by Yaqui Written May 10, 2009

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    This is a 0.25-mile trail that begins near the apple barn and offers scenic views of the Slide Rock Swim Area.

    Slide Rock SP
    6871 N. Highway 89A
    Sedona, AZ 86336

    Facilities available at Slide Rock State Park.
    Park hours:
    January – April: 8 am – 5 pm
    May: 8 am – 6 pm
    Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend: 8 am – 7 pm
    September: 8 am – 6 pm
    October – December: 8 am – 5 pm

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    Slide Rock Route

    by Yaqui Updated May 10, 2009

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    This is a 0.3-mile trail with a difficulty rating of moderate. This primitive route along Oak Creek is the main access to the Slide Rock Swim Area. This is extremely popular area features a natural water slide along Oak Creek.

    This path begins near the apple packing barn. It descends to the creek via steps where it then crosses the creek via a small footbridge.

    Slide Rock SP
    6871 N. Highway 89A
    Sedona, AZ 86336

    Facilities available at Slide Rock State Park.
    Park hours:
    January – April: 8 am – 5 pm
    May: 8 am – 6 pm
    Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend: 8 am – 7 pm
    September: 8 am – 6 pm
    October – December: 8 am – 5 pm

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    Pendley Homestead Trail

    by Yaqui Written May 10, 2009

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    This trail is 0.25 mile with a difficulty rating of easy. This paved, level trail is suitable for all visitors and travels through a portion of the historic Pendley Homestead of Slide Rock State Park. Features along the trail include some of the original apple orchards, Pendley Homestead house, tourist cabins, apple packing barn, various farming implements that were used historically in the homestead, a new orchard of semi-dwarf apple trees, and spectacular views of the canyon walls of Oak Creek Canyon.

    Slide Rock SP
    6871 N. Highway 89A
    Sedona, AZ 86336

    Facilities available at Slide Rock State Park.
    Park hours:
    January – April: 8 am – 5 pm
    May: 8 am – 6 pm
    Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend: 8 am – 7 pm
    September: 8 am – 6 pm
    October – December: 8 am – 5 pm

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    Little Horse Trail

    by Yaqui Written May 9, 2009

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    Little Horse Trail (Moderate to Strenuous) (1.6 Mile one way)
    Single track climb to Chicken Point through pinyon and cypress forest. Some steep, rocky climbs. Access from Little Horse Trailhead on Highway 179. Links with Broken Arrow and Mystic Trails for extended loop.

    They are two trailheads, milepost 309.4 Little Horse Trailhead and 307.5 Bell Rock Vista Trailhead.

    From Interstate 17, exit at Arizona 179 and head north. Once through the Village of Oak Creek, watch for the trailhead sign on the right side of the road at Milepost 309. Parking, a toilet and a trail map are available at the trailhead.

    Red Rock Passes
    www.redrockcountry.org
    Are essential to this area and by purchasing a pass you help maintain and protect this beautiful area. The revenue from the passes helps provide information, education and natural resource protection.
    Daily Red Rock Pass $5
    Weekly Pass (7 days) $15
    Annual Passes $20
    Grand Passes with unlimited access to certain sites
    RRM sites: Banjo Bill, Crescent Moon, Call O’ The Canyon, and Grasshopper Point $

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    Strenuous Trail 3: Hot Loop (26 miles)

    by joiwatani Written May 8, 2009
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    This is the longest trail because it is about 26 miles. This will probably takes me a whole day to hike and be flat tired at the end of the day.

    But for regular hikers, this is not that bad for them. Twenty six miles is an easy hike!

    This trail climbs up to the Horse Mesa and the rim. Once you are up the Horse Mesa, you will see great views of the Bell Rock and the Courthouse Butte.

    Trailhead is found at Jacks Canyon Road.

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    Strenous Trail 2: Bear Mountain 5.6 miles

    by joiwatani Written May 8, 2009

    I probably can do this hike, climbing a 1,800 feet and hiking 5.6 miles, called the Bear Mountain Trail. However, I needed more training or maybe, more sleep. I haven't been sleeping good because of the Road Trip we took as we travelled 5,000 miles crossing state lines.

    This is an exciting trail because there are so many great views. If you choose this hike, make sure to drop by the Sedona's Visitors Center and get a free map and get more detailed instructions.

    Apply sunscreen and wear a cap or a hat before you hike. Support your feet by wearing great and comfortable hiking shoes. Carry a back pack enough to fit your bottled water, extra-power bars or snacks, flashlight, maps, pocket knife, medicine kit, toilet paper, extra plastic bag and a compass. Also, let your friends or relatives know where you are hikin.

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    Strenuous Trail 1: A.B. Young Trail (4.8 miles)

    by joiwatani Written May 8, 2009

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    My daughter Shelby at the Oak Creek Canyon
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    As we hurried down to the Canyon before the dark skies envelop us, we saw hikers getting back to the trail paralleling the road we took on 89A. These hikers had chosen to hike the strenuous trail called the A.B. Young Trail.

    This trail climbs 1,600 feet in 1.6 miles on the Oak Creek Canyon. This goes all the way to the East Pocket fire lookout.

    If you are planning to take this trail, make sure to get your maps at the Sedona's Visitor's Information Center.

    Make sure to bring enough water, extra-food and pack the following: medicine kit, flashlight, toilet paper and plastic bag. Make sure to wear a hat and use your sunscreen. Don't forget to let your family or friends know that you are hiking at the this trail.

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    Moderate Trail 8: Munds Wagon (8 miles total)

    by joiwatani Updated May 8, 2009
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    Are you up to hiking 8 miles and climb 1, 100 feet? Then check this out! It's called the Munds Wagon Trail. The trail climbs a a thousand feet paralleling the Bear Wallow Canyon and the Schnebly Hill Road.

    During the hike, you will pass cypress trees, rock areas, cottonwood trees and portions of the historic Munds Wagon Trail.

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    Moderate Trail 7: Turkey Creek (6.8 miles total)

    by joiwatani Written May 7, 2009

    Now that you have prepared your backpack filled with water, snacks, pocket knife, maps, flashlight, toilet paper, plastic bag, medicine kit, etc, then make sure to put a sunscreen on before you head to the Turkey Creek challenge! That's about 6.8 miles of hike. It is considered moderate because it climbs about 600 feet along dry Turkey Creek, past Turnkey Creek Tank, and ultimated onto House Mountain with spectacular views.

    Don't forget to pack your camera as well as the scenic views are beautiful!

    Thi si a very secluded area. And, it is great for horseback riding and biking.

    This moderate trail can be accessed from Verde Valley and School road and Turkey Creek Road.

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    Moderate Trail 6: Bear Sign (3.25 miles one way)

    by joiwatani Written May 7, 2009
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    You should put on your comfortable hiking shoes because this hike is about 6.5 miles total and it entails climbing 600 feet along a dry streambed of red rock canyon walls and white Coconino sandstone cliffs!

    The trail is a strenuous hike on a loop. This trail can be accessed from Dry Creek Trailhead off Dry Creek Road.

    Make sure to bring map that is given by the Sedona Information Center. Bring a backpack and carry with you enough water and extra food. Tell a friend or a family where you are hiking so if you disappear or got lost, they know where to track you right away. Or in case there is an emergency, your loved ones know where you are!

    Also, make sure to wear a hat and wear a sunscreen. Don't get your skin burnt!

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    Moderate Trail 5: Huckaby (2.9 miles one way)

    by joiwatani Written May 7, 2009
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    This is considered moderate because it is about 5.9 total miles of hike that begins from the Midgely Bridge or the Schnebly Hill Roal Trailhead.

    Bring your camera because this is a great hike overlooking Sedona and access to Oak Creek.

    Always remember to put sunscreen to avoid sun burn. Wear a hat if possible. Wear hiking boots or great walking shoes. Bring extra food, snack and lots of water. Also, bring in your backpack a first aid kit just in case you needed them later on. Also, bring a map. You can ask a free map from any of the Sedona's Visitor's Information Offices. Bring a toilet paper, flashlight, plastic bag, rescue whistle, compass,etc.

    Also, please let your friend or family know where you are hiking that day.

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    Moderate Trail 4: Schuerman Mountain

    by joiwatani Updated May 3, 2009

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    This trail climbs to base of the low mountain. Then as it goes higher, it gets steeper. But, it's worth the climb because of the excellent panoramic views of the red rocks.

    The climb is about 2 hours round trip.

    The Schuerman Mountain trail starts at the Upper Red Rock Loop Road past the high school in Sedona.

    Please make sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes and wear a hat and sunscreen. When hiking, alone, make sure to tell a friend.

    Always bring water to avoid dehydration.

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    Moderate Trail 3: The Courthouse Butte Loop

    by joiwatani Written May 3, 2009

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    The Bell Rock. Just imagine climbing on top!
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    I know why this is considered a moderate trail because the hiker has to climb 250-feet and circles around the great Bell Rock.

    And, on top of the climb, it is about 8.4 miles total of a hike!

    The Coruthouse Butte Loop is about 4.2 miles hike one way and goes into the wilderness area.

    The hike starts at the Kiosk of the Bell Rock Pathway on Highway 179.

    Please make sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes and wear a hat and sunscreen. When hiking, alone, make sure to tell a friend.

    Always bring water to avoid dehydration.

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