|when||Saturday, October 30, 2021|
North Wilson Mountain Trail starts just north of Encinoso Picnic Area that is an
exceptionally scenic hike in viewing fabulous fall colors. There are two options
on this hike:
Option 1: for the best viewing fall color, hiking up to First Bench, enjoying a broad plateau running along the east side of the mountain, where we’ll take a break and enjoy the spectacular views to the north of Sedona and the surrounding Red Rock Country, Oak Creek Canyon, and Munds Canyon. And we will hike back the same way we came.
Option 2: From First Bench it’s another mile of hiking through heavy timber and 800 feet of elevation to the Tool Shed where fire-fighting crews store their equipment. After the Tool Shed it’s a relatively level 1.5 mile hike out to the mountain’s North Rim, where the trail abruptly ends at a sheer cliff face, offering what Sedona Hikes describes as a “soul-stirring view” with the San Francisco Peaks sitting on the distant horizon. The Brins Fire of 2006 burned over 5,000 acres in this area, including parts of North Wilson Mountain and the area around Vultee Arch and Devil’s Bridge, in addition to much of Brins Mesa.
Leader will lead the hike up to First Bench (option 1). If there are some hikers who sign up for option 2, we’ll need a deputy leader.
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Lunch or snacks
• Your smiles :)
|distance||9 miles (option 1) or 12 miles (option 2)|
|EC||+-2250' elevation change|
|elevations||4750' (Encinoso Pinic Area) 6290' (First Bench) 6950' (Wilson Mountain)|
|on trail||100% — Wilson Mountain North Trail #123|
|rating||"B" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||$5 per vehicle for a
Red Rock Pass, plus sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5/non-member.
NOTE: If you have a Senior Pass that will work in lieu of the Red Rock Pass.
You must email the leader to confirm.
Please provide your cell just in case we need contact you the day of the hike.
|meet||8:00 AM at Encinoso Picnic Area.|
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