Wilson Mountain

Coconino National Forest, Arizona

Distance5.4mi
Elevation Gain3,291ft
Trailhead Elevation4,552ft
Top6,999ft
Elevation Min/Max4548/6999ft
Elevation Start/End4552/4552ft

Wilson Mountain

Wilson Mountain is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Coconino County, Arizona. It is within Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area and Coconino National Forest. It is 5.4 miles long and begins at 4,552 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,291 feet. The oak creek vista viewpoint is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Willson Mtn Spur B, Wilson Mountain Spur A and North Wilson.

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Five-Star Trails: Flagstaff and Sedona (Menasha Ridge Press)
Tony Padegimas
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"This hike climbs up and down Wilson Mountain, the dominant formation north of Sedona. Th e “Route Details” are written as a car shuttle, but the hike can be done from either direction as an outand- back. Th e route follows the North Wilson Mountain Trail 123 up to the First Bench of Wilson Mountain, where it intersects with Wilson Mountain Trail 10. From there it climbs to the top of Wilson Mountain, splitting off to the distant North Overlook or the closer South Overlook. Wilson Mountain Trail 10 continues south down the mountain to Midgely Bridge." Read more
100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"Wilson Mountain, like other high points in the Sedona area, offers a wonderful vantage point from which to enjoy the surrounding red rock terrain. The Wilson Mountain Trail runs mostly within the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness and was designated as a National Recreation Trail in 1979. For the ?rst 0.5 mile or so, the trail climbs quickly to gain a ridge just east of Wilson Canyon. This is followed by a stretch of easier grades as the route continues north and approaches the base of the mountain. The terrain along this stretch is dry, open desert. Scattered pinyon pine, juniper, manzanita, agave, yucca, and bear grass are common, but shade is not." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Sedona (Falcon Guides)
Bruce Grubbs
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"An easy, popular walk up a red-rock canyon in the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness." Read more

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9/1/2008
This trail is all uphill to the top of Wilson Mountain. The trail is well-maintained until the junction just below the last climb. From there it is overgrown in many places by fern and a thorned plant, even up on the top. The view on top of the mountain to the south is amazing, well worth the thorns. Try it on a cloudy day to decrease glare on the red rock and bring out its true color.
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4/28/2008
where is the trailhead ???? I don't know where the trailhead is and this discription doesn't explain where to go to start this hike.
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Trail Information

Coconino National Forest
Nearby City
Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area
Parks
Moderate
Skill Level
Coconino National Forest
Local Contacts
Wilson Mountain, Munds Park USGS quads
Local Maps

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Dec 2018