Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Lizard Life Day Hike
when Trip Report : February 29, 2020
where Sedona
the hike     As Billy G. from “That Little Ol’Band from Texas” expressed in their song Lizard Life...

   I got the attitude
   And that’s all I ever say
   Don’t have to tell nobody
   How their tail ought to lay

    As demonstrated by the volume and variety of hikes and experiences offered by the Trailblazers over its long history changes in attitude can reflect changes in latitude. Perhaps in the same day with this Sedona trek.
    Although originating in the same vicinity as the Chimney Mocha hike from 2019, only a fraction of the distance will be on the same trails and direction as that previous excursion. This will be a one-way hike commencing at the informally named “Purcell” Trailhead (my abode) from where we will navigate social trails and bushwhack up a rappeler approach to a scenic area proximate to Coffee Pot. From there we will proceed to climb past Chimney Rock to the Lizard Head Trail, one of the more breathtaking in West Sedona (does not include ascent to Lizardhead Rock—that is perhaps a future goal). After crossing Dry Creek Road, a more sedate but undulating section including the Two Fences and Girdner Trails ending at the Girdner Trailhead with the relocated vehicles.
    Full disclosure, this hike will involve brief but steep ascents and descents on faint trails and ledge adventures but generally familiar challenges to experienced participants in “B” rated events. This may be the only hike available on this day of the year until 2024.
distance 9 miles
time 6 hours
EC +-1500' elevation change
type one way
starting at Drum Beat Circle, Sedona
on trail 75%
rating "B-"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Sedona
meet 6:30 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. I will need an organizer at that location.
•  From Cottonwood take 89A towards Sedona 20 miles.
Take a left on Mountain Shadows Dr. (Hampton Inn on corner), 0.8 miles.
Take a right on Copper Canyon Dr.
Take first left onto Drum Beat and circle cul-de-sac.
Park on the street next to the open lot to unload prior to car shuttle.

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