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Hiking Northern Arizona
by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)
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This trail is well marked off 618 just south of the V bar V historic site but if you need them the coordinates to the turn off is N34 38.103" W111 43.124". The road to the parking area is .7 miles from 618 and is a high clearance road although our Jeep's 4 wheel drive was not necessary to get to the trail sign in. There are several pull offs along the drive if the road get to be too rough for a low clearance vehicle and the first half of the road is fairly tame. There were about 20 people per month that signed in for both February and March and we were the only hikers on the day we were there. The trail shows signs that is lightly maintained with large cactus cut back from the trail but be prepared for an uneven and rocky trail that has no trail blazes but does have occasional carrions. The trail is obvious enough that blazes are unnecessary. The trail starts out fairly flat and open for about the first mile then begins to gently climb and open up with views of Verde Valley and the rim rock cliffs above. Once the trail starts uphill it comes alongside and follows an old barbed wire fence most of the way to the plateau. There is no sign at the top of the climb but it becomes apparent fairly quickly that you have reached the flattop as you have no view beyond the scrub trees and it is flat. Be sure to look back as you climb to the top and back down again as the view and light is constantly changing, the best photos may be looking back. It is worth going to the Red Rock Ranger Station prior to hiking anywhere in the Sedona area to get a guide to the geological formations so you understand the various colorful stone layers in the cliffs around you as you climb, or not if the science interferes with you appreciation of them.
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