North Wilson Mountain Trail

Sedona, Arizona

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This is a good hike on a hot day since much of the trail is in a north-facing, shady canyon in the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness. You’ll have excellent views of Oak Creek Canyon, the Dry Creek basin, and the Mogollon Rim. The trail starts climbing immediately through mixed chaparral, ponderosa pine, and oak forest. When the trail reaches the ridge above the picnic area, it turns to the south and follows the ridge a short distance, giving you good views of Oak Creek Canyon. After leaving the ridge, the trail climbs southwest up a heavily wooded drainage. The shade of the large ponderosa pines is a welcome relief on hot days. As the trail nears the base of the massive, buff-colored Coconino sandstone cliffs, it crosses the drainage and begins to switchback up the slope to the east. There are more fine views when the trail reaches the ridge at the top of this slope. The trail turns to the south again and follows the ridge onto the First Bench of Wilson Mountain, a gently sloping volcanic plateau level with the east rim of Oak Creek Canyon.

North Wilson Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This is a good hike on a hot day since much of the trail is in a north-facing, shady canyon in the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness. You’ll have excellent views of Oak Creek Canyon, the Dry Creek basin, and the Mogollon Rim. The trail starts climbing immediately through mixed chaparral, ponderosa pine, and oak forest. When the trail reaches the ridge above the picnic area, it turns to the south and follows the ridge a short distance, giving you good views of Oak Creek Canyon.

After leaving the ridge, the trail climbs southwest up a heavily wooded drainage. The shade of the large ponderosa pines is a welcome relief on hot days. As the trail nears the base of the massive, buff-colored Coconino sandstone cliffs, it crosses the drainage and begins to switchback up the slope to the east. There are more fine views when the trail reaches the ridge at the top of this slope. The trail turns to the south again and follows the ridge onto the First Bench of Wilson Mountain, a gently sloping volcanic plateau level with the east rim of Oak Creek Canyon."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sedona
Distance: 7.6
Elevation Gain: 2,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,800 feet
Top Elevation: 7,000 feet
Local Contacts: Sedona Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Munds Park; Coconino National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to North Wilson Mountain Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/26/2004
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I loved the change from pine forest to red rock to desert back to forest. The views were incredible, but you absolutely have to go on up Wilson Mountain to the end - that's where the best views are.



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May 2018