Wilson Mountain Trail

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Wilson Mountain Trail is a 10.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2624 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

rocky

Wilson Mountain is 7,122 feet tall and named after Richard Wilson. Richard Wilson was a bear hunter who was killed by a grizzly in 1885. His body was found in Wilson Canyon, which is also named after him. This is the tallest mountain around Sedona, Arizona. The trail to the summit leads to an absolute killer-view of Sedona and far beyond, of Oak Creek, and even of the San Fransisco Peaks. The hike has two parts: Part 1 goes up to the First Bench. This can be done from Midgely Bridge (most exposed, but most scenic) and from Encinoso Picknick Area., also called North Trail. Part 2 goes from 1 bench to the Sedona Lookout. If you start out late, or loose your wind, only going up to 1st bench is well worth the effort. But the Sedona Lookout is unsurpassed, as you can see! A stunning, vertical drop of several hundred feet straight down, looking right into the famed red-rock stone sculptings of Sedona. Absolutely amazing. Although hot and at least moderately strenuous, well worth the time.

14 days ago

Probably one of the best trails/views in the area. Mostly because very few people actually hike to the top, so you'll have a little peace and quiet after the first mile or so which is a rarity in Sedona.

hiking
15 days ago

Love this long hike.

trail running
1 month ago

Snow from about 6,000ft up. I thought this was a more moderate hike. There were only a handful of really steep spots. Would be a great trail to work on long, uphill running. The downhill was pretty fun cruising. I only did the North Canyon overlook, and the trail there from the junction was mostly flat.

hiking
1 month ago

Longer hike in sedona area but a fun one. Went to both overlooks on the trail and the while things ended up being about 12 miles. The hike to the overlooks is not as exciting but the overlooks are worth it!

2 months ago

Excellent views

hiking
2 months ago

This hike was decent, but I think there are better ones in the area. It took us about 5 hours to complete

2 months ago

Very rocky trail so shoes with ankle support recommended. Beautiful views of Sedona at the top. Somewhat limited parking at the trailhead.

hiking
2 months ago

Wilson Mountain trail (+North Wilsom Mountain trail back and forth) was one of our favorite in Sedona. Doing both is a significant hike but it is worth it. The view from the top is great. It also feels special to walk on the plateau for so long, passing through the forest fire. If you do the North Wilson path, you will go through a microenvironment that includes maple tree. Being in november, we had the great fortune to pass there while the leaves turned bright pink (!). It was very special and unexpected. If do Wilson Mountain, you have a great view from red rock mountains at the begining of the trail which you have also on the way back. We stayed midway down for the sunset and it was magnificient (bring light and some warm layer if you do that).

hiking
3 months ago

This is one of the best trails I’ve ever been to. It takes 6-8 hrs to complete depending on your speed. But the view at the top is incredible. I will go back.

3 months ago

Went up north Wilson trail this time. Always a favorite of mine. Spectacular views. About 4 hours round trip. Went to Sedona overlook this trip but either one is breathtaking.

hiking
3 months ago

My wife and I did this walk in Oct. It is amazing the views as you go up are incredible and one at the top wow. it has some steep sections. Going down was harder (we just had runners on and no poles) as the terrain is rocky and some of them are loose. took us about 5 hours.

4 months ago

shrubs on trail. needs attention

4 months ago

Awesome hike with great views. Only say one other person the whole day. Start at the North trail head. It took us 6 hours to summit and visit both lookout points. Really great hike!

4 months ago

Strenuous for this 64 year old. 3 hrs up, 2.5 hrs down. Glad I had my trekking poles. The trip up passes through junipers, then scrub, then a small oak forest, ending with Ponderosa pines. View at top is unique, but it’s some work to get there.

4 months ago

Nice hike. A little rocky for my taste but the views are great.

4 months ago

This hike bumped its way into one of my favorites in Sedona!!! Unbelievably beautiful. There were a few miles where the trail was very over grown, but not difficult to navigate! I started around 8 and finished by 2 with lots of stops to take in the views!! Lots of wild life including a black bear! :) I can't wait to get back here!

4 months ago

This is a great trail. It is for the advanced hiker as it's an uphill rocky trail. Very scenic, cooler in September, and so peaceful.

hiking
5 months ago

Great walk though didn't make it to mountain top. Underfoot is tricky with virtually the whole track made up of loose stones and rocks. Stopped at junction of the three trails which meet just below what looks like a serious walk to top of Mount Wilson. Great views of Sedona and surrounding dramatic landscape makes it all worthwhile

5 months ago

We picked the wrong time to hike this trail !! No shade and lots of dry vegetation. The views of Sedona is gorgeous!! You're hiking on rocks but the trails are fairly visible.

hiking
7 months ago

Hiking through variable landscape from high desert, chaparral , regrowrh of oak and summiting in tall Ponderosa pines. See photos I attached. This trail is incredible but would rate as hard due to length, elevation and small to medium rocks along the trail. Did this as a sunset hike and luckily had overcast and cooler temps. It can be hot so bring lots of water. Incredible amount of beetles along the lower portion all eating acorns from the scrub oaks.... very cool.

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