Sugarloaf Mountain Trail

Sedona, Arizona

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This short, rough-surfaced trail provides a distant view of the red rock country west of Sedona. The trail, which leaves Bill Gray–Buckboard Road, is initially narrow but quite eroded. As it gradually climbs around the side of Black Mountain, it becomes a shelf road that is wide enough for a single vehicle and has adequate places to pass other vehicles. Special Attractions: Rarely used trail offering excellent views over the red rocks west of Sedona. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This short, rough-surfaced trail provides a distant view of the red rock country west of Sedona. The trail, which leaves Bill Gray–Buckboard Road, is initially narrow but quite eroded. As it gradually climbs around the side of Black Mountain, it becomes a shelf road that is wide enough for a single vehicle and has adequate places to pass other vehicles.

Special Attractions: Rarely used trail offering excellent views over the red rocks west of Sedona. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Sedona
Distance: 3.7
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 4,400 feet
Top Elevation: 5,200 feet
Local Contacts: Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Loy Butte, Sycamore Basin, Prescott, Sedona; BLM Prescott, Sedona; USFS Coconino National Forest, Sedona Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Sugarloaf Mountain Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/24/2017
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Two stars are only for the scenery.... which can be observed without ever leaving the pavement. As far as a "wheeling trail", 1 star. I chose this trail because its difficulty is rated "moderate". I wouldn't say it's moderate. I never put my jeep in 4wd. There is a long stretch of road (I hesitate to say trail because this in my opinion isn't really a trail), that is very rocky. You do have to go quite slow. However, a stock vehicle without a lot of clearance under it could handle it just fine. It was very hot during my trip. In Phoenix it was 116 and on this trail it was only about 10 or 15 degrees cooler, but it was noticeably cooler and not to uncomfortable with the doors off the jeep and without turning on the A/C. It was cloudy with a hazy over-cast and the Sedona Mountains were beautiful, but far enough away that the colors were slightly subdued from the haze, enough so that my photos didn't turn out as I had hoped. It was a nice trip to get out of the heat. It can see how it could be more beautiful on clearer days. Honestly, as the wheeler that I am, I was disappointed in the trail.



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