Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Jim Thompson Trail Day Hike
when Trip Report : April 14, 2018
  Trip Report : May 7, 2016
  Trip Report : December 12, 2015
where Sedona
the hike     The Jim Thompson Trail is featured as “Hike of the Month” in the November, 2015, issue of Arizona Highways. This easy trail offers spectacular views of some of Sedona’s most iconic landmarks, including The Fin, Steamboat Rock, and Ship Rock, rising to 5,667 feet.
    Two miles in, the trail comes to a scenic overlook for Wilson Canyon and lower Oak Creek. The trail then drops down to the bottom of Wilson Canyon and intersects the Wilson Canyon Trail.
    On a round trip hike you can turn around anywhere. I’m going to turn around and walk back to the trailhead where the Jim Thompson Trail becomes a cat trail leading down to Wilson Canyon.
    You can either walk back to the trailhead with me, or continue on down to hike the Wilson Canyon Trail along a creek bed shaded by massive oaks and Arizona cypress for about a half mile or so before stopping for lunch. From there, retrace your steps and return the same way.
distance 7 miles round trip for the Jim Thompson Trail and Wilson Canyon Trail.
time 4-6 hours
EC +- 400' for the Jim Thompson Trail and Wilson Canyon Trail.
elevations 4,370 feet to 4,770 feet for the Jim Thompson Trail.
type round trip
starting at
Jim Thompson Trailhead 34° 53.282' N,  111° 46.059' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Jim Thompson Trail # 124, Wilson Canyon Trail
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Red Rock Passes required ($5/vehicle). Senior Passes or National Park Passes can substitute for a Red Rock Pass, so please bring either of those if you have them.
Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5/non-member.
weather Sedona
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.
•  From the traffic circle in Sedona where Highways 179 and 89A intersect, go north on 89A for 0.3 miles.
Turn left onto Jordan Road.
Continue north on Jordan Road for 0.8 miles to Park Ridge Drive.
Turn left at the stop sign onto Park Ridge Drive and continue for another 0.6 miles to a locked gate and the parking area for Jim Thompson Trailhead.
The last half mile of Park Ridge Drive is a dirt road suitable for most vehicles.

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