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A unique hike showcasing views up Oak Creek Canyon and of Sedona from the east.

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Out and Back

5,220' 1,591 m


4,468' 1,362 m


1,058' 323 m


1,057' 322 m



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Max Grade (19°)

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Make sure to park at Munds Wagon Trail. Note that this trail often has heavy mountain bike traffic. It can be intimidating and problematic when use is high.


A trail offering forested views, a dry creekbed, a slickrock saddle giving you a unique way to experience Sedona's biodiversity.


This route starts along Munds Wagon Trail, then continues along Hangover Trail, climbing through Juniper and Pine until you eventually are hiking on slickrock. The trail climbs up to a saddle bisecting two large red rock formations rising out of the canyon, then continues along a knife edge right around the side of the rock, 200 feet above the canyon floor.

The hiking, mostly on slickrock, is challenging. The first section climbing up to the saddle isn't terribly exposed. Take a break on the expansive flat saddle, eat a snack, and contemplate what's next. This is a fine place to turn around and retrace your steps if you want to get the views without the exposure that comes next.

From the saddle, the trail descends down a short section of slickrock, then becomes a dirt trail right up against the edge of the rock, which rises straight up to your left, and drops steeply down to your right. There's plenty of vegetation to the right, and it doesn't feel exactly like the edge of a cliff, but it's quite exposed. The name of the trail begins to make sense here, as the rock hangs over the trail in spots, forcing you very close to the edge.

Wind around like this for a while, looking out at the views to your right. Eventually, the trail comes away from the edge and onto slickrock. Although you're off the edge, the trail descends steeply down the slickrock. In addition to the steepness, it there are a few large steps down as it descends.

The trail becomes somewhat less exposed after this, but still quite rugged until it suddenly changes to smooth surface through dense Junipers as it returns to Munds Wagon Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Juniper, Scrub Oak, Manzanita, Pine, Prickly Pear. Javelina, Coyote.

History & Background

Part of this trail follows one of the first and most popular cattle trails of the Sedona area.


Shared By:

Michael Ahnemann

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All Clear 78 days ago
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Jan 27, 2024
Frank Dufe
Apr 14, 2021
Keith Russo
Scenery spectacular- go counterclockwise and start from Cows Path to avoid steeper climbs 8.5mi
Jan 1, 2021
Derik Jones
Dec 26, 2020
Eddie Hart
Aug 7, 2020
Lauren Sargeant
Mar 2, 2020
Peter Wright
Good conditions although a little sleet at highest altitude
Dec 28, 2019
Casey Smith

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