|when||Saturday, April 4, 2020|
Of all the many trails that we’ve hiked in the Sedona area over the years, this
one has somehow slipped through the cracks, probably because it’s one of the
newer tracks in Red Rock Country. So, this will be a brand-new exploratory hike for
the Arizona Trailblazers and a new one to add to our vast inventory of hikes.
The Transept Trail was recently described by Mare Czinar in one of her weekly hiking columns in The Arizona Republic. From her article, “…the north-south running ridge line known as the Seven Warriors is home to a pair of trails known for their edge-hugging exposure.” The Transept Trail is one of those two trails.
The Transept Trail traverses the less congested western side of the Seven Warriors ridge line. The first half mile of the trail makes a gradual, but steady, ascent through typical cypress-juniper woodlands, common to this area. Along this stretch of trail we’ll watch for the Mayan Maiden, one of the more interesting formations here.
Beyond this point the trail gets a bit more aggressive as it traverses across large expanses of slickrock and high-step climbs over red sandstone shelves with sections of loose rock rubble. At some point the trail gets very close to the edge with deep, sheer drop-offs, requiring utmost concentration and careful maneuvering.
Along here we’ll also have totally unobstructed views of Cathedral Rock, House Mountain, and parts of Oak Creek Canyon. The Transept Trail ends at the 3.2-mile point where it connects with the Hiline Trail. We can end the hike here and turn back or consider making it a long loop hike.
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Lunch or snacks
|distance||6.5 miles (possibly longer)|
|time||4 to 6 hours (depending on optional longer hike)|
|EC||+-500' elevation change|
|elevations||4,200 feet at Transept Trailhead to 4,570 feet at the Hiline Trail junction|
|starting at||Transept Trailhead|
|on trail||100% — Transept Trail|
|rating||"C" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Red Rock Pass required. Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|leader||You must email the leader to confirm.|
|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 make carpooling arrangements here and leave promptly at 7:15 AM.|
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