Woods Canyon Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews
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Woods Canyon Trail is a 10.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, AZ that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

10.4 miles 1065 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

The trail begins at the signed trailhead beyond the gate. It is level and unshaded as it follows a jeep road into the wide canyon mouth for 1-1/4 miles. The road ends and the trail continues, climbing gradually. There are views of the vegetation-covered slopes of mesas on either side. At 2 miles, the trail crosses a small, dry streambed with red rock pools, climbs out, passes through a cattle gate, and comes to a signed fork. The Hot Loop trail enters Wilderness area and continues its easy climb, passing some redrock formations on the left. It enters the occasional shade of pine and sycamore as it approaches and then follows Dry Beaver Creek. At 3-1/2 miles, the trail emerges on a picturesque expanse of redrock at the edge of the usually dry creekbed which is studded with huge, gray boulders. Continue on for another 3/4 mile for some nice redrock views as the trail climbs on a moderate grade out of the creekbed. This is a good place to turn around although a path continues further into the canyon. Return by the same route. This hike can be hot in summer. Woods Canyon is a pleasant, not too well frequented trail that begins in the south parking lot of the Red Rock Forest Service Ranger Station about 8.5 miles south of Sedona and just a few miles south of the Village of Oak Creek. The trail is mostly level with just a few up and down sections, especially at the upper end. The official guides say that the trail ends at 4 miles, but we found that it continues further up--probably more as a cow path than anything. The wilderness boundary is a bit more than 2 miles from the trail head so you won't encounter many bikes. The Hot Loop trail over to Jack's Canyon branches off from this trail right before the Wilderness Boundary--this trail is only for those well equipped as it is 22 miles round trip. Great swimming holes at the upper end near where Rattlesnake Canyon comes into Woods Canyon. It is also in the red rock section.

hiking
4 years ago

took my 2 sons 4 and 2. It was a nice flat hike that my 4 year old could do aout 2 miles of and it was no problem to carry my 2 year old. Great views. you have got to love the rim.

trail running
4 years ago

Great trail for running. Even better when there is flow in the Dry Beaver!

hiking
6 years ago

Hoskins Waterfall Trail - Most people take Horton Creek, but take the path behind the restrooms at the one lane bridge crossing Tonto Creek and follow the creek. In the Spring this creek is flowing hard and there are multiple 10 feet high waterfalls and pools. Too bad they dont let you upload pictures. I have some great ones of this trail. You can see them at: http://www.meetup.com/arizona-camping-club/photos/

camping
6 years ago

Mogollon Rim Trail is a very easy trail. It is pathed and follows the edge of the Mogollon Rim. You have awesome views of the Payson valley below. This trail is frequented by deer and elk. Make sure you bring a camera. You can see them at: http://www.meetup.com/arizona-camping-club/photos/