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 and walking 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
2785 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

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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.

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1 day 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 days ago

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

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19 days 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!

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22 days 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.

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23 days 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

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1 month 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.

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3 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.