Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Girdner Trail Day Hike
when Saturday, October 14, 2017
where Sedona
the hike     This will be another exploratory hike in the beautiful Red Rock Country surrounding Sedona that has somehow slipped beneath the radar over the years and has never been hiked by the Arizona Trailblazers.
    Today will be our chance to remedy that situation and add yet another exploratory hike to the club’s extensive roster of hikes. The Girdner Trail combines the very best of Red Rock Country with a scenic trail winding through dense juniper groves and offering sweeping vistas of soaring sandstone cliffs, pinnacles, and buttes.
    After a mile of hiking, we begin a gentle descent into Dry Creek Canyon and eventually join an old Jeep road. There will be multiple crossings (at least 12) of this normally dry creek bed which would likely be impossible to cross after a heavy rainstorm. So we’ll watch the weather carefully before attempting this hike and get the latest weather forecast the night before.
    Continue hiking along Dry Creek for another two miles, beneath the shady canopy of massive Arizona sycamores and cottonwoods lining the creek bed. After one final creek crossing, the trail begins ascending out of Dry Creek toward higher ground, with more great vistas along the way. Several trails branch off to the left or the right from the Girdner Trail as we continue hiking for another 1.5 miles before finally linking up with Dry Creek Road, opposite the Vultee Arch junction. This will be our turnaround point.
    We’ll stop for a lunch and rest break somewhere beneath the shade of the sycamores and cottonwoods, before reversing course and returning to the Girdner Trailhead on the same trail.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
distance 9 miles round trip
time 4-5 hours, depending on photo stops
EC +-200' elevation change
elevations 4,500 feet at the Girdner Trailhead to 4,300 feet in Dry Creek Canyon
type round trip
starting at
Girdner Trailhead 34° 51.151' N,  111° 49.898' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Girdner Trail
rating "C+"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5/non-member
weather Sedona
leader     Hike is full. 
meet 7:00 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. We’ll leave promptly at 7:15 AM. With one stop along the way at the Ranger Station on Highway 179, total drive time from I-17 & Bell Road to the Girdner Trailhead is about 2.5 hours.
•  Take I-17 north past Camp Verde to SR 179 (Exit 298).
We will stop at the Red Rock Ranger Station on the east side of SR 179 just before the Village of Oak Creek. Restroom facilities are here.
From the Ranger Station, continue heading north on SR 179 to the “Y” intersection with Arizona 89A.
Drive southwest on 89A for 4.1 miles to Cultural Park Place and turn right at the stop light near the West Gateway Visitor Center.
Continue driving for another 0.2 miles to the parking lot on the right.
Park and begin the hike here at the large 3-panel trailhead sign.

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