HARD 2 reviews

Mooney Trail (PRIVATE PROPERTY) is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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.

7.9 miles
1,528 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


private property

Directions from Flagstaff: Drive 30 miles south from Flagstaff through Sedona on US 89A. Five miles past Sedona turn north on FR 525 and follow the signs to Sycamore Pass. Turn west on FR 525C and continue for 5 miles to the trailhead. Watch for the trailhead sign on your right along FR 9551 next to Black Tank.

4 months ago

This trail should be considered unusable as it traverses private property in which you are unwelcome to be on. The property is occupied and No Trespassing and Beware of Dog signs give a clear warning that you could be in danger. I gave this Trail 5 stars because I figured no one would read the review if it were 1 star. Please heed this warning about the private property. If you are parked at the Honanki Ruins, you might see people scramble up a hill in the cliffs on the opposite side of the valley of Honanki and explore a cave and dwelling site. Look northwest from the bathroom at the Honanki parking lot and you will see them. I am not aware if this is permitted or not. Also be extremely careful of cactus, loose rocks and remembering that it is much more difficult to climb down than climb up rock faces. Make sure the environment is undamaged wherever you may go.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Important points before planning this hike.
1. Trailhead may not exist
2. Trail not maintained, transits private property
3. Trail seldom used
4. Last 2 miles are very steep climbing on slab rock
5. Positives: Views at top are similar to looking into Grand Canyon!!
6. Rating: Hard