Sterling Pass

Sedona, Arizona

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A less-used trail below the impressive cliffs of the north face of Wilson Mountain, in the Red Rock– Secret Mountain Wilderness. After leaving the highway, the Sterling Pass Trail climbs steeply up a drainage and through a fine stand of ponderosa pines. It skirts a dry waterfall and begins a series of short, steep switchbacks. There are occasional views of the massive cliffs that form the north side of Wilson Mountain. There are occasionalviews of the massive cliffs that form the north side of Wilson Mountain. The hike ends at Sterling Pass, the sharp notch between the Mogollon Rim and Wilson Mountain.

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"A less-used trail below the impressive cliffs of the north face of Wilson Mountain, in the Red Rock– Secret Mountain Wilderness. After leaving the highway, the Sterling Pass Trail
climbs steeply up a drainage and through a fine stand of
ponderosa pines.

It skirts a dry waterfall and begins a series of short, steep switchbacks. There are occasional views of the massive cliffs that form the north side of Wilson Mountain. There are occasionalviews of the massive cliffs that form the north side of Wilson Mountain. The hike ends at Sterling Pass, the sharp
notch between the Mogollon Rim and Wilson Mountain."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sedona
Distance: 1.8
Elevation Gain: 1,160 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: April through November
Local Contacts: Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: Munds Park, Wilson Mountain USGS quads
Driving Directions: Directions to Sterling Pass

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May 2018