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Mescal Mountain Loop

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4.7 mile 7.6 kilometer loop


Ascent: 369' 113 m
Descent: -369' -112 m
High: 4,703' 1,433 m
Low: 4,513' 1,376 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)


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Trail shared by John Maurizi

A great loop around Mescal Mountain.

John Maurizi

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This is a great loop for hiking or mountain biking! All skill levels will enjoy the hike, but having some experience is needed if you want to explore by mountain bike.


The Mescal Mountain Loop circles Mescal Mesa using three different trails. Park at the Mescal Trail parking area on Long Canyon Road.

The Mescal Trail is 2.4 miles long and winds up to the base of the mesa where it travels along beautiful, open slick rock. It is an easy hike, but the trail is also open to mountain bikers. For them, the trail is rated difficult to moderate. There are a few difficulty options pointed out by signs along the trail. I really enjoyed this portion of the hike because of the cliffs of Mescal Mesa and the surrounding Secret Mountain Wilderness of Sedona. It is very picturesque.

The Mescal Trail ends when it intersects with Deadmans Pass. By this time, you are now on the opposite side of Mescal Mountain. Turn right and follow the trail for about one mile. Deadmans Pass trail ends at when it intersects with the Long Canyon Trail.

When you reach the Long Canyon Trail, turn right. The trail travels through a section of desert not within the Secret Mountain Wilderness that surrounds it. To complete the loop, hike the 1.1 mile section back to Long Canyon Road. You'll not be at the Mescal Mountain Trailhead but there is a 0.3-mile connector trail on the right that will take you back to the parking area.

In total, the loop is about 4.8 miles long and only gains about 500 vertical feet. I highly recommend this hike!

Directions: From Route 89A in Sedona, turn right on Dry Creek Rd. Dry Creek Rd eventually becomes Boynton Pass Rd. At the first stop sign, turn right onto Long Canyon Rd. Parking for the Mescal Trail on the right, and the trail is on the opposite side of the street.

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Sep 7, 2019
Peter Wright
Very nice loop several different types of landscape and vegetation. A few ups and downs but mostly flat. start early, bring lots of water.
Mar 25, 2019
Michelle F
Mar 17, 2019
James Guyton
Mar 9, 2019
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4.8mi — 2h 13m
Dec 23, 2018
Jeff Duan
Nov 3, 2018
Michelle Prostrollo
Jun 4, 2018
Alex Estrella
May 7, 2018
Danielle Karacsonyi

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