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A steep climb to the Sedona Viewpoint on Wilson Mountain.


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7.2

Miles

11.6

KM

Out and Back

7,002' 2,134 m

High

4,760' 1,451 m

Low

2,277' 694 m

Up

2,277' 694 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

54%

Max Grade (28°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Spring · Views · Wildlife

Red Rock Pass or America the Beautiful Pass required to park at the trailhead.
The top section of trail passes through the Slide Fire burn area. Please be mindful of downed trees or dead trees and deadfall hazards.

Overview

A climb up Sedona's highest peak to an expansive view of Sedona and the Verde Valley.

Need to Know

There is no water along the trail. It is recommended that you pack at least three liters of water per person.

Description

From the Encinoso Picnic Area Trailhead, hike north out of the parking lot and start heading uphill as the trail starts turning to the south. The trail is well-maintained and makes its way up towards the sandstone cliffs of Oak Creek among scrub oak.

As you near the cliff, the trail will bend back to the north as you climb sharply up the craggy slope. Lots of impressive rock work has been done here to stabilize the trail. When you top-out after the steepest section you are rewarded with a sweeping view from the First Bench. Columnar basalt cliffs across the way and small glimpses of what you'll see if you continue to the top.

At the junction with the Wilson Mountain Trail #10 you continue on Wilson Mountain Trail up the switchbacks to the Sedona Viewpoint.

History & Background

This is Sedona's tallest peak.

Contacts

Shared By:

JC Condon

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Looking back at the imposing sandstone cliffs of Oak Creek Canyon while on the North Wilson Trail.
Nov 15, 2015 near Sedona, AZ
The view of Sedona form Wilson mountain.
Apr 23, 2015 near Sedona, AZ
Snowier up high in Wilson Mountain.
Dec 25, 2015 near Sedona, AZ

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Oct 28, 2021
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Aug 31, 2019
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Jun 29, 2019
billy robinson
great hike, perfect calm sunny 90° — 6h 00m
Jun 19, 2019
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Apr 25, 2019
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Mar 24, 2019
Macy Degnan
4.4mi
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Alaina Roberts
2,393 feet elevation gain 7.5 miles round trip to Sedona lookout 7.5mi
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