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From the creek to the mesa, a varied and challenging route that can be made into a 12 or 14 mile loop.


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Map Key

11.8

Miles

19.0

KM

Point to Point

5,989' 1,825 m

High

4,308' 1,313 m

Low

2,061' 628 m

Up

2,059' 628 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

53%

Max Grade (28°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Views

Overview

Starting with fine views of Uptown Sedona and Oak Creek, the route has three river crossings and a 2 mile steady climb up a low traffic canyon to Schnebly Vista. From there, its back down Schnebly Hill, past the Merry-go-round with a choice of Hangover Trail or Munds Wagon Trail to complete a 12 or 14 mile loop.

Need to Know

Bring wading shoes, because you'll be putting your feet in the water on the third crossing.

Description

From the parking lot, follow Huckaby trail above Oak Creek for three miles. The trail descends to the creek below Midgley Bridge where the first of three river crossings are encountered. It's possible to rock-hop the first crossing if the river is not too high. The second crossing, soon after can also be made without getting wet.

Next climb up from the creek and make a right onto Allens Bend trail. The trail goes down the access road at Grasshopper point and then makes a hard left, continuing along Oak Creek. At the intersection with Casner Canyon Trail, make a right and cross the river for the third time before beginning a 2 mile ascent through Casner Canyon.

When arriving at the top, the trail turns to the right and a series of wire cairns can be followed to the Vista point. Follow the forest road downhill until crossing Munds Wagon Trail.

Follow the trail to the right, away form the forest road. At the intersection of Cow Pies Trail, this route ends and you have a choice of continuing to the parking lot via down Munds Wagon Trail.

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Shared By:

Peter Wright

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#14

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#4710

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Photos

Bottom of the Merry Go Round
Feb 6, 2021 near Sedona, AZ
Beautiful View of the red rocks with a little snow!
Apr 23, 2015 near Sedona, AZ
View from the top of Merry Go Round.
Nov 6, 2023 near Sedona, AZ
Near Merry Go Round - Munds Wagon Trail
Nov 6, 2023 near Sedona, AZ
View looking up Casner Canyon
Apr 23, 2015 near Sedona, AZ
The view from Schnebly Vista.
Feb 6, 2021 near Sedona, AZ

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Nov 28, 2022
Jack Lin
3 creek crossings. The 3rd one has to go down the water. 12.7mi — 5h 34m
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