Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Diving Board Sunset Hike
when Trip Report : October 29, 2016
where Sedona
the hike     Although Sedona is perpetually scenic, the wonder is further enhanced twice daily, at sunrise and sunset. The practical best option for our majority Phoenix area members is the latter, so will defy the usual convention and initiate this hike in the afternoon vs. our usual morning start.
Diving Board

    Informally named, Diving Board is a red rock outcropping that overlooks AZ 179 on the northern edge of the Village of Oak Creek. From straight above it would adopt the geometry of an arrowhead. We will start our trek from the Yavapai Vista Trailhead and after brief interludes on connector trails use sections of the Slim Shady and Made in the Shade. Later, we will veer off onto an unmarked but maintained social trail which will lead to a second and more rugged detour leading us to our destination. Our return will be timed to coincide as the sun begins to set, with several opportunities to pause, view, and capture images all the way from Bell Rock to West Sedona that are unique this time of day.
    Due to the later than usual conclusion of the hike (approximately 5:30 PM), no organized post-hike meal is currently anticipated in order to accommodate timely return travel. Because pre-hike dietary preferences are generally more diverse from person to person, it is suggested you ensure your individual nutritional requirements are provisioned before Phoenix carpool departure and during breaks on the hike.
distance 5.5 miles
time 3-4 hours
EC +-1000' elevation change
elevations 4200 (Yavapai Point Trailhead) to 4700 (Diving Board)
type In and out
starting at
Yavapai Point Trailhead 34.807336 N,  111.769574 W
on trail 75% mapped 25% unmapped
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost $5 per vehicle for a Red Rock Pass, plus sharing gas expenses with the driver. The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5/non-member
weather Sedona
meet  11:00 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride. Mark will need an organizer there.
•  From Phoenix, take I-17 north to the Sedona-Oak Creek exit 298 for SR179.
Head north on SR179 and continue to the Back O’ Beyond traffic circle near milepost 310, just past the Little Horse Trailhead.
Drive around the circle and go 1.4 miles south on 179 to the Yavapai Point Trailhead on the right.
A Red Rock pass is required and a vending is available at the trailhead.

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