Description: More remote and less traveled than the other Sedona trails. Park and hike to two mountain peaks near Boynton Pass. One trail goes to Bear Mountain in the Secret Mountain Wilderness. If you park, hike, or stop along the route, you’ll need a Red Rocks Pass. Steep descents and climbs over rocky terrain. The first part of the trail is easy when dry, but slippery and difficult when wet. Don’t drive on a rainy day. Route-finding can be confusing at times because of numerous side roads. Suitable for many stock high-clearance SUVs when dry.
Time & Distance: The trail measures 5.8 miles. Add another 11 miles to get there and return. Allow 2 to 3 hours for the whole trip.
Trail Conditions: Coconino National Forest, Red Rock Ranger District. Call (928) 203-7500.
Directions to the Trail: From the intersection of Highways 89A and 179 in the middle of Sedona, drive west on 89A about 3.1 miles and turn right on paved Dry Creek Road. Go north 2.8 miles and turn left at a T, then left again at another T at 4.5 miles. A well traveled dirt road heads southwest. Ignore numerous side roads. Finally turn left at 7.6 miles. This begins the trail.
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Get yourself and your TOY ready for the trip: Make sure both you and your vehicle are ready for your next adventure.
Before you venture out on your offroading trip you need to make sure you are prepared for emergencies. Even if nothing happens to you or your vehicle, you might come across someone who needs help. Short of always having your full-on Bug-Out-Bag with you, you should at least have some basic emergency items. It might seem obvious to some, but you should get yourself a tool box with appropriate tools and leather gloves, good first aid kit, fire extinguisher, set of jumper cables, emergency blankets (stored in heavy plastic bag – both are useful), flashlight, tow strap and some extra water. I would also suggest a recovery strap, a military folding shovel, heavy duty garbage bags, and a hand crank self powered weather radio. These items are not expensive, but they just might save your day.
Another thing you should definitely do before you leave is to save Joe’s number in your cellphone in case you find yourself in need of recovery in the middle of nowhere. Joe is the owner of Arizona 4×4 Off Road Recovery and has become a real hero to many in the Arizona offroad community. His number is (602) 697-8306.
If you’re ready for a next adventure and want to plan it right, check out some of these trail guides – Arizona has so many awesome destinations to explore!