Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historic apple farm located in Oak Creek Canyon. Frank L. Pendley, having arrived in the canyon in 1907, formally acquired the land under the Homestead Act in 1910. Due to his pioneering innovation, he succeeded where others failed by establishing a unique irrigation system still in use by the park today. This allowed Pendley to plant his first apple orchard in 1912, beginning the pattern of agricultural development that has dominated the site since that time. Pendley also grew garden produce and kept some livestock. As one of the few homesteads left intact in the canyon today, Slide Rock State Park is a fine example of early agricultural development in Central Arizona. The site was also instrumental to the development of the tourism industry in Oak Creek Canyon. The completion of the canyon road in 1914 and the paving of the roadway in 1938 were strong influences in encouraging recreational use of the canyon. Hence, Pendley followed suit and in 1933, built rustic cabins to cater to vacationers and sightseers. The park is named after the famous Slide Rock, a stretch of slippery creek bottom adjacent to the homestead. Visitors may slide down a slick natural water chute or wade and sun along the creek. The swim area is located on National Forest land which is jointly managed by Arizona State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service. Together these areas have seen the making of many Hollywood movies such as "Broken Arrow" (1950) with James Stewart, "Drum Beat" (1954) with Alan Ladd and Charles Bronson, "Gun Fury" (1953) with Rock Hudson and Donna Reed, and a scene from "Angel and the Badman" (1946) with John Wayne. On July 10, 1985, Arizona State Parks purchased the park property from the Arizona Parklands Foundation. The park was dedicated in October 1987, and accepted onto the National Register of Historic Places on December 23, 1991.
Amazing views.. Did this hike with a friend yesterday. None of my friends had heard about this hike but because of the reviews I had to try it myself. We only saw 5 people on the entire hike.
The views throughout the hike are great and at times spectacular. I don't know why so few people do this hike, we saw 5 hikers yesterday. Maybe because it's between 11 and 12 miles (depending on your GPS tracker) people don't want to go here. I plan on going back again with more friends to show them the views.
Great trail, a little overgrown at times. Not really physically challenging if you can get over the distance, bring plenty of water it's a pretty long haul. Saw a few deer on the way up and down and plenty of signs of bear activity but no bear sightings,so watch out for that. Lots of fantastic views on the way up and down
Amazing hiking trail! Couldn't believe how beautiful the ENTIRE hike was! Places to stop and take breathtaking photos almost constantly. Seen some deer, beautiful flowers and plants, and oh yea, a rattlesnake which we got too close to without even knowing. Other than that scare, what an amazing hike. Rained on us the entire day, & the only time that was unpleasant was about half way through the hike since there's some really thick brush that the water soaked up, and as you walk through it, it soaks your clothes. So about an hour of freezing but totally worth it! If you have the time, check out the Sedona Overlook also, spectacular views! Be prepared, it's not an easy hike. Not too difficult either though depending on your conditioning.
This was a fantastic hike. Very lightly trafficked-- I did this Memorial Day weekend and only came across one other person. Start early, because it climbs up the south face of the mountain and it gets hot pretty quickly. I started at 7:30 and wished that I had started closer to sunrise simply because of the heat. Either way, this was a very enjoyable hike, with views of the red rocks nearly every point on the way up. The trail becomes greener and flatter near the top. Some parts of the trail are rather rocky, so I would recommend a solid pair of hiking boots, especially for the trip down. Amazing views at the top, after walking through a scorched forest. The only thing I would suggest is that early on the trail, there is a sign that is incorrectly or misleadingly angled. You should take the trail-appearing ... trail on the LEFT, not on the right!
I've hiked all over Sedona and this is my new favorite! The elevation gain is steady and the views in the end were spectacular. Anyone in decent shape can do it, as long as you recognize its over 10 miles round trip. We saw a couple of rattlesnakes on the trail, so be aware their there.
We attempted to hike North Wilsons trail earlier this year, but we're surprised to run into a fair amount of snow on the initial ascent. We were able to go within less than a half of a mile to the first bench and had to turn back. Because of the great reviews the trail has received we went back again this weekend and were able to complete the trail at the Sedona overlook. Our total distance hiked was between 9-10 miles, half of which were uphill with a total elevation change of 2000 feet. The trail was not heavily traveled, yet we were pleased to see several other hikers along the way. Although we were challenged by the loose footings when going downhill, the rest of the trail was easily passable and the hike along the flat bench and summit were very enjoyable. The view of Sedona is unparalleled and is at the top of our list for "end of the trail rewards". We highly recommend this trail for anyone who hikes regularly and suggest hiking poles for the descent and food for a picnic at the top.
This mountain has my heart! At 7,122 ft high it's the highest summit in Sedona. This was the most difficult trail I've ever done and this time I got to the top because there's little snow left up there now. It's not easy, you are climbing for 5.5 miles and then you have to get back down. I took 3.5 hrs to get to the top and 2 hrs back down. Not for beginners. The views are incredible and on my way down I saw approx 30 deer! Made for such an amazing experience.
Amazing! The most gorgeous scenery!! I stopped so much just to take it in and to take photos. It seems unreal. I don't have a lot of hiking experience and I'm not really in shape. That being said this took me 4 hours to complete. From parking lot to near the summit then back to parking. I went 01/16/2015 and it was MUDDY most of the way and then nearly 2 feet of snow the last mile or so. The mud made it much more work. This trail does not seem maintained at all.. There are narrow parts where thorny bushes from both sides block the trail.. And other areas where you are not sure you're on the trail. Lastly towards the top there was nearly 2 feet of snow and the trail was lost. Some hikers before me walked through and created a new trail but it was impossible to get to the top. I got about .5 mile away before deciding to turn back. I was not wearing snow boots and didn't want to soak my shoes trying to make my own trail. I give this 5 stars because it is truly amazing out there! When you get near the top there is a plateau and you can see Mount Humphreys in the distance. I wanted to stay forever and just take it in.