|when||Saturday, October 14, 2017|
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
|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|
|on trail||100% — Girdner Trail|
|rating||"C+" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5/non-member
|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.|
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