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Wilson Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This popular trail climbs the south slopes of Wilson Mountain in the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness. Your reward for the effort is one of the best views of the Sedona area. The Wilson Mountain Trail starts climbing immediately, but then the climb moderates for a bit as the trail goes north through open pinyon juniper forest. The climb starts in earnest as the trail starts switchbacking up the steep south-facing slopes. The view opens out as the chaparral brush that favors this sun-baked slope replaces the pygmy forest."
--Stewart Aitchison & Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Arizona (Falcon Guides).
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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