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Sedona hiking trails are well-maintained and offer a great variety:
Everything from arid and giant-open-sky high hikes (ex: Bear Mountain) to thickly tree-veiled "wet" treks (we love West Fork of Oak Creek for this).
You can take deep canyon journeys with walls so high the sky becomes a slight blue sliver.
One time, after looking up for a while (and having adjusted to the dizzying wall heights), I thought to myself, ah… this is the secret to finding that elusive horizon…
…Here it is …I'm standing right under it! (Or, maybe that was just an illusion caused by the dizziness ; ).
Feeling The Spirit Of The Land
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Many hikers come for the vistas, and are thrilled to find that hiking Sedona leads them to even more unique and unexpected wonders as well. Like arriving at an energy vortex, or discovering "spontaneous art" created from stones, balanced just so, by previous visitors.
Sedona Vortexes (ex: Boynton Canyon) are located on Sedona AZ land at various, specific points. These are believed to radiate special (multi-dimensional) swirling, energy that is healing. Many locals and interested visitors go to a Sedona vortex to pray or meditate. Some focus on feeling this energy as medicine.
Native Americans, this land's original "locals," have long held the belief that Sedona is sacred and spiritually nourishing earth.
In nearby surrounding areas, it is possible to observe and honor the remains of some former native communities at Honoki, Palatki, and V-Bar-V.
Even our dear atheist friends, feel inspired in their own way. Because, whatever your beliefs are, beauty is beauty. And, hiking Sedona is a full-on phenomenal exposure.
Before You Begin… Stop By A Service Center
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Before you hit the trails, it's a good idea to go to the official Sedona tourism Visitor's Center (Uptown) or the Forest Service visitor's center (Hwy 179, 2 miles south of Village of Oak Creek). These are convenient places for free info and to buy your Red Rock Pass.
Challenge Level = Fairly Easy: A popular Sedona hiking trail, so you aren't likely to be alone (Note: Seasoned hikers can enjoy seclusion beyond the typical 3 mile returning point).
Along Oak Creek, you'll be crossing shallow water a few times, so expect wet feet. Highly recommended for coolness and greenery in the summer. Plus wonderful autumn colors (September - November) and fully vibrant spring blooms (March - June).
Access it by turning into Call O' The Canyon on the west side fo Hwy 89A (btwn mile markers 384-385).
Challenge Level = Full Power: About 1800 feet of climbing, in about 2.5 miles (one way). Views are staggeringly beautiful. There's a nice resting and vista point about 1000 feet up.
Find the 2nd trailhead parking entrance off of Boynton Pass Road. The actual trailhead is across the street.
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Challenge Level = Fair +: It's almost 1000 foot rise, by the time you arrive at the secret scenic overlook. The first overlook is about 1.5 miles, then, take the trail to the right and continue just under 1 mile more. There's a big rock you can climb for 360° viewing.
From where Hwy 179 and 89A meet, turn north to Jordan Road, turn left and drive the full length of it. Turn left again, and continue onto the dirt road for about 0.5 mile to find the parking area.
Hiking Sedona BONUS PICK - V-Bar-V
Challenge Level = Easy: This is really just a 0.5 mile walk from the Ranger Station. But it leads to a wonderful prehistoric petroglyph experience.
Drive south on Hwy 179, all the way past I-17. In about 3 more miles, you'll see the parking area to the right.
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Challenge Level = Easy: Steep trail, but very short. It's more of a short inclined walk than a hike. In just a few hundred feet, you'll arrive at a wide open east facing overlook which is also believed to be another main Sedona Vortex. Sedona sunsets are often admired from another nearby vista point, a tiny distance up the same road.
Turn onto Airport Road off of Hwy 89A. You'll see the first spot about 0.5 mile up, on the left. The second area is on the right (park to the left, walk across the street).
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A SPOONFUL OF PRUDENCE KEEPS THE EXPERIENCE SWEET
There are times when Sedona temperatures can drop more than 30° after your hike begins. Hiking Sedona, it's wise to always carry a lighter, flashlight, and an extra layer of clothing (wool or synthetic, NOT cotton).
Also, for wind and rain protection, bring something with you, even if it's just a couple of plastic trash bags.
These safety tips, come courtesy of Ranger Al Cornell, from a hiking article in Sedona Monthly Magazine by Erika Ann Finch.
Also, always, but especially in the summer, bring water. Carrying a small first aid kit is also a prudent idea.
Alphabetical List of Sedona Trails
Following is an alphabetical listing of Sedona trails. Each link leads to a simplified presentation of information about each of these hikes, without the "narrative."
Each of these links will provide at-a-glance answers to these questions:
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