Schnebly Hill

Coconino National Forest, Arizona

Distance7.0mi
Elevation Gain2,018ft
Trailhead Elevation6,489ft
Top6,500ft
Elevation Min/Max4993/6500ft
Elevation Start/End6489/6489ft

Schnebly Hill

Schnebly Hill is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Coconino County, Arizona. It is within Munds Mountain Wilderness Area and Coconino National Forest. It is 7.0 miles long and begins at 6,489 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,018 feet. The Committee Tank (elevation 6,444 feet) reservoir and Merry-Go-Round (elevation 5,440 feet) can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Jacks Canyon Trail, Forest Service Road 801, Forest Service Road 153a, Munds Wagon, Cow Pies, Munds Mtn and Schnebley Hill.

Schnebly Hill Professional Reviews and Guides

"This popular route linking I-17 and Sedona is best suited for a high-clearance vehicle because of the rockiness of the road around Bear Wallow Canyon. The best direction for travel is east to west because the descent into Bear Wallow Canyon gives the better views.

Special Attractions: Unequaled view of red rock country above Sedona; Deep Bear Wallow Canyon. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions."

"Just east of Sedona. Scenic ride through red rock formations and interesting geology to the Mogollon Rim, and a viewpoint overlooking Sedona and lower Oak Creek Canyon."

"Within three miles of the start, you’ll be good and warmed up from the big climb that puts you on the edge of Oak Creek Canyon. The view is just about the best you’ll get in Sedona; you can see every “named” rock from the overlook.

The Huckaby Trail continues along this high ledge, and it’s hard to stay focused on the ride when there’s so much spectacular scenery to take in. Take your time and enjoy the ride. Trail Surface: A mix of singletrack, doubletrack, gravel road, and a long paved return to the trailhead to create a loop."

"Towering red rock buttes set against a backdrop of deep-green forest and clear blue sky make this road one of Arizona’s most photogenic. The road climbs over 2,200 feet from Sedona to the top of massive Mogollon Rim. Memorable hiking trails depart from several places along the road, and dispersed camping is allowed above Vista Point. The drive is impressive in either direction. Elk may be seen before sunset.

Mountain bikers looking for an easy day will enjoy the ride down. If you park, hike, or stop along the route, you’ll need a Red Rocks Pass. Signs recommend only trucks or off-highway vehicles, but cars (not low-slung) can make it in good weather. Although the road is wide and well-maintained, expect a bumpy ride. Much of the lower portion is a shelf road. This road is closed during the winter."

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1/22/2017
not for the average auto. you really need a high clearance, 4wd vehicle for this one, as evidenced by a time about 7 to 8 years ago, when conditions on I-17 caused some police officer to detour traffic to sedona via schnebly hill road. the results were not pretty at all. cars, trucks, busses, and motorcycles were detoured down schnebly hill road to get south. several vehicles did not make it. it took a week and a half to tow vehicles out. several vehicles were severely damaged. i don't know what happened to the motorcycle. this road is now closed during the winter to avoid any more mistakes like that. however, if you get a chance to take this tour from sedona, by all means, do it. you can bring a camera but it can't really do it justice. one of the most scenic in all of arizona.
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11/26/2016
Its the second time I run this trail. First time I drove from Sedona in my F350 RWD and wasn't that bad. I did my last trip on Nov.26 in my stock FJ cruiser coming from I17 and the road was not so pleasant. Probably was washed out because its full of sharp rocks making the ride very bumpy. I have seen commercial jeeps and rented ATV going much faster but I guess they don't care about their vehicles. This road its in bad conditions probably because they don't want too much traffic on it. I gave two stars to this trail because of the road condition and FIVE for the scenery.
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7/2/2016
great road with interesting history. very fun with great views. not a lot of traffic but you will see other vehicles, ATV's, and motorcycles. fairly easy trip for decent 4WD vehicles.
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10/14/2014
great views of Sedona!!! Very fun road and I would recommend a 4 wheel drive vehicle.
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5/20/2014
Good trip. saw a couple of passenger cars attempting trip. I would recommend a high clearance vehicle prefer 4WD. Excellent views. fun ride.
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5/18/2014
Great weather and beautiful drive. Easy drive in a lifted 4wd vehicle. Friend with 2wd passenger van had no issues. crowded on the Sedona side with Pink Jeep and other tours. Dude with brand new Range Rover Sport thought it was an off road speed test track... Great drive!
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6/15/2009
Excellent trail. Lots of senic views, took plenty of pictures. Rock hikes from the lookouts were great. Lots of tour trafic, and 4 wheel drive recommended. We drove the entire 12 miles from Sedona to I 17. If I had it to do over, I would drive 1/2 way to Schnebly Vista, then turn around and drive back down. Overall the trip was enjoyable for the entire family.
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5/27/2009
Beautiful views. Don't try to drive the whole thing without an SUV.
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11/8/2007
A beautiful scenic drive up to the rim. The road can be rough and rocky in places, but is passable by most vehicles. We had a Jeep. Several overlooks to stop and enjoy the view. A must if you visit Sedona. Be sure to stop and see Snoopy Rock.
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11/26/2006
Very easy going with beautiful sites and ample pulloffs. Great photo opportunties. Started the trail at 8:30am and there were hardly any vehicles. By 10:30am, Jeep tours and passenger cars were plentiful. Although easy - there were times I was glad we had a Jeep (we passed a Mustang).
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Trail Information

Coconino National Forest
Nearby City
Munds Mountain Wilderness Area
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Coconino National Forest, (520) 526-0866.
Local Contacts
USGS Sedona, Munds Mountain, Munds Park; Coconino National Forest..
Local Maps