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Brins Mesa Trail

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 4.5 (6)

This trail connects Dry Creek Road to Sedona on a well-maintained trail through beautiful scenery.


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3.6

Miles

5.8

KM

Point to Point

5,073' 1,546 m

High

4,544' 1,385 m

Low

437' 133 m

Up

528' 161 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

No motorized vehicles on the trail. A high clearance vehicle is needed to get to trailhead on Vultee Arch Road if hiking in that direction.

Description

There are two trailheads for the trail--one from Sedona at the end of W. Park Ridge Drive and the other from Vultee Arch Road (a.k.a. Dry Creek Rd.). However, the trailhead on Vultee Arch Rd requires a high clearance 4x4 vehicle. I had rented a Ford Explorer and was able to get to the trailhead.

As stated, I started this hike from Vultee Arch Rd. to W. Park Ridge Drive as part of a loop hike with Soldier's Pass Trail. In this direction, the trail starts off flat and crosses a dry creek bed several times. The trail is relatively easy to follow. This section passes through junipers that offer some shade. Eventually, the trail begins to climb, exiting the creek bed and junipers. After about one mile, you'll have great views of the surrounding red rock.

The top of the mesa is really a pass as you are surrounded by higher elevation red rock. After passing a large peak near the trail on the right, the route begins to descend steeply. This would be a very difficult section if you hike in the reverse. Short switchbacks take you down the bottom where the trail levels off again as you approach the trailhead at W. Park Ridge Drive. This is a nice one-way option if you have another vehicle at this trailhead. If not, return the way you came or follow directions for the loop hike with Soldier's Pass Trail.

Flora & Fauna

If hiking early in the morning or at dusk, you may at least hear coyotes. The month of May has plenty of wildflowers along the trail.

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Shared By:

John Maurizi

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Brins Mesa
May 14, 2019 near Sedona, AZ
It will be hard to keep your eyes on the trail with views this good on the descent from Brins Mesa to Sedona.
Jul 8, 2017 near Sedona, AZ
Towering cliffs north of Brins Mesa.
Apr 13, 2021 near West Se…, AZ
Cliffs over Brins Mesa
Apr 13, 2021 near Sedona, AZ
Experience great views from the top of the Brins Mesa Trail.
Jul 8, 2017 near Sedona, AZ
Looking out from atop Brins Mesa.
Apr 13, 2021 near Sedona, AZ

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Mar 1, 2020
Ash Smith
Feb 16, 2020
Denise Tucker
Just to the Mesa, not all the way through
Dec 30, 2019
Peter Wright
Very Muddy in the Mesa
Dec 26, 2019
Patrick Duffy
Jul 17, 2019
Conrad Eaton
Mar 19, 2019
James Guyton
Mar 10, 2019
Tim Cochran
Sep 24, 2018
Jesse Doris