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Wilson Mountain Trail #10

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Length

5.5 Miles 8.8 Kilometers


Elevation

2,460' 750 m

Ascent

-125' -38 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

6,988' 2,130 m

High

4,566' 1,392 m

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Some of the most panoramic views in the Oak Creek Canyon/Sedona area.

Tom Robson

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This hike heads straight for some of the most panoramic views in the Oak Creek Canyon/Sedona area. Plan a full day for it and start early - the climb up Wilson Mountain is a strenuous one.

The majority of the 2,300-foot climb is packed into the first mile or so of the route. You'll have more reasons than just exertion to stop and take a breather along this route, however. The views start as soon as you leave the car and they just keep getting better.

There is shade along parts of this trail, but enough of it is out in the open to make it hot work under a summer sun. An alternate, cooler route is provided by North Wilson Trail which starts just north of Encinoso Picnic Area, 3 miles up the canyon from Midgley Bridge. The two trails join at a point midway up the mountain.

At the top you'll be rewarded with views that stretch over hundreds of square miles of scenic canyon country and include Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Coffee Pot Rock, Capitol Butte, Sterling Canyon and the Verde Valley.

The trailhead is just north of Midgley Bridge where you'll find a small parking lot and a monument to Richard Wilson who was killed by a grizzly in this area in 1885.

Flora & Fauna [Suggest Changes]

Cacti, lizards, and buzzards...! Oh, snakes, too.

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Mar 28, 2018
Seth Jayson
I was hoping for a bit more of a trail run, but figured much of this would be too technical for me. that was true, but it's still a great fast hike… 12mi
Nov 19, 2017
Amy White
Went to closer Sedona town overlook. Worth returning to see Oak Canyon too. Beautiful hike, not runnable. 9.1mi — 4h 10m
Sep 16, 2017
The Turk

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