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A seldom trafficked route through high desert flora ending at a butte with views of the Sedona and Oak Creek area.


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7.4

Miles

11.9

KM

Out and Back

4,917' 1,499 m

High

3,958' 1,206 m

Low

1,304' 398 m

Up

1,304' 397 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

44%

Max Grade (24°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Wildflowers

Dirt road access does not require high clearance 4x4. Many social trails exist, please stay on the recommended route.

Overview

This seldom used trail offers vistas and interesting geology. Follow the blocked road, taking the right fork at 0.3 miles. The unshaded road winds in a southwesterly direction with some gentle ups and downs for 1.5 miles to Turkey Creek Tank on the left. Here, the road bends to the left and dies out. The trail continues, crossing normally dry Turkey Creek and beginning a gradual climb in the sparse shade of pinyon pine and juniper.

Need to Know

Many social trails exist, please stay on the recommended route.

Description

At 2.25 miles, the route enters a moderately steep switchback ascent of the north face of House Mountain, a long extinct shield volcano. There are fine views of nearby red rock formations as well as more distant vistas north toward Wilson and Secret Mountains. The trail reaches the crest at nearly 3 miles and begins a gradual descent over basaltic lava. Soon the view over the ancient, heavily eroded caldera opens up and the opposite rim, dominated by the lava outcrop which gave the mountain its name, is visible. The trail continues, but this is a good stopping point. Return by the same route for a 6 mile roundtrip hike. This hike can be very hot in summer.

Flora & Fauna

Scrub oak, Manzanita, Juniper, Coyote, Javelina

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