Brins Mesa

Coconino National Forest, Arizona

Distance3.5mi
Elevation Gain1,207ft
Trailhead Elevation4,546ft
Top5,102ft
Elevation Min/Max4546/5102ft
Elevation Start/End4546/4546ft

Brins Mesa

Brins Mesa is a hiking and horse trail in Yavapai County and Coconino County, Arizona. It is within Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area and Coconino National Forest. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 4,546 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,207 feet. The Brins Mesa parking is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Soldier Pass Spur A, Cibola Pass and Soldier Pass.

Brins Mesa Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a mostly on-trail hike—with a short section of easy cross-country—to a very scenic viewpoint overlooking Sedona, Dry Creek, and the high cliffs of Wilson Mountain. It is in the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness."

"There are two Brins Mesa trailheads. This one begins from the east near Uptown Sedona. The other trailhead begins from the west in the Dry Creek area. Our hike climbs northwest to the mesa top.

The views along the trail, as well as atop the mesa, are breathtaking. This area offers views of the surrounding mountains and red rock formations in every direction. The town of Sedona is also in full view 800 feet below."

"This hike leads to a very scenic viewpoint overlooking Sedona, Dry Creek, and the high cliffs of Wilson Mountain. It is in the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness."

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7/20/2018
Another beautiful Sedona hike. Awesome views all along the way! It is a bit challenging on the ascents but this is all in all a moderate hike. There is very little shade so be prepared with a hat, sunscreen and lots of water. Early in the morning is the best - it is cooler and you run into less people.
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3/30/2008
As others have said...you get some great views of the red rock formations and Sedona. The trail has some rocky spots so don't do as I did and get lost staring at the scenery and still trying to keep a quick pace. I ended up with a turned ankle 3 miles into it.
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3/28/2008
Fun trail! Trails are somewhat rocky, but not too hard on the feet. The beginning part is pretty easy, but the last half mile to the top of the mesa is pretty steep. Great views throughout the trail, particularly at the top. The sage, panther, and monkey enjoyed it, even though we had to often wait for hippo.
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3/21/2006
Good trail. The grade is easy and you are surrounded by huge red rocks. When you get to the top of the mesa, take a right for 5-10 minutes and you will be rewarded with great views of Sedona.
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3/15/2004
Good trail with really good views. The last half mile is tough, but the views from the top are worth the effort.
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Trail Information

Coconino National Forest
Nearby City
Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area
Parks
Coconino National Forest
Sedona Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Wilson Mountain
USGS Wilson Mountain; Coconino National Forest
Wilson Mountain USGS quad
Local Maps

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