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Wilson Mountain Trail is a 11.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,805 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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. You will see on our map here that there is an off shoot that goes to the actual summit, if you want to shave off a little elevation, feel free to skip this section! It is still a great hike!

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fee
rocky
1 day ago

Very much enjoyed this trail yesterday. Hard to keep my eyes on the ground with that view! But you better, or else your face will be flat on the ground bc it’s pretty rocky. Stunning and worth every minute of time on the trail. Took me 3.5 hours for the out and back. Recommend times 20!

2 days ago

Hiked this on 5/12. Started at 7:30am from Midgley Bridge. Few parking spots, so get there early. The views of the bridge all the way to the first bench are stunning. Lots of loose rocks will test your ankle strength. We stayed to the right at the fork, opposite of the Sedona city view path and continued to the end cliff to sit and eat some brunch and take in the views in all directions. There was even a snow capped mountain off in the distance. At a leisurely pace, the 11.4 miles took us 5 hours to complete. Heading down from the bench back to the trailhead was extremely windy, which felt OK since it was lots hotter than when we started. 3 liters of water per person was sufficient for us. Take more if you are starting later when it's hotter, as you are very exposed the whole way. You'll work for this hike, but it's beautiful.

hiking
3 days ago

Absolutely amazing hike! It’s rewarding when you get to the top! The view is absolutely amazing. This is a challenging hike and you have to be in good shape to do this hike. One of my favorite hikes in Sedona!

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rocky
7 days ago

We did this trail yesterday and it was gorgeous from beginning to end. We took the south approach from Midgley Bridge. The vert climb is very gradual the entire way up and never felt that steep. The trail terrain varies from dirt to rock and gets pretty narrow as you make the push up to the first bench. Stunning views from the bench of all of Sedona. (Also a great place to turn around at if you are short on time or not feeling more miles and elevation.) From there we kept going up the Wilson Mountain trail and took the split to the Sedona Overlook. The views from the top are breathtaking and so serene in every direction! I packed 4.5 liters of water and drank all of it. The trail is mostly exposed so pack extra SPF to reapply too. It’s a long one but it’s easily the most rewarding Sedona hike to go on.

9 days ago

about how many hours does this hike take? jw

hiking
22 days ago

I thought this was a pretty tough trail!! Beautiful views that changed a lot over the course of it. a lot of parts are really rocky !

24 days ago

Amazing views... OBVIOUSLY it's Sedona.

hiking
24 days ago

The best hike in whole Sedona! Amazing!!!!

hiking
28 days ago

Take water! A lot of water! Beautiful trail, hard. But still worth it !

hiking
29 days ago

Great views! Trail is in great condition.. weather was great. Bing lots of water. I brought 5L and was almost dry by the end.

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fee
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rocky
29 days ago

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no shade
30 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Not too muddy today. I only made it up to Mt Wilson peak which was about 8.4 miles round trip. Incredible views!

running
1 month ago

trail up to Wilson was beautiful. the views are nice. the trail out to N. Canyon overlook we really muddy. you're basically following a river until the vary end.

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muddy
1 month ago

Trail was pretty muddy. The views were nice at the top once the clouds cleared up a little bit. Steady incline to the top. Nice little workout.

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rocky
1 month ago

Amazing trail, a bucket list for sure. Arrive early for the sunrise and to get parking, it is a small parking lot at the trail head with no where else to park. Be sure to watch the weather. Nice view of Humphy’s Peak from this trail.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This trail really captures the beauty of Sedona! Stunning red rocks and forest scenery! The trek up is challenging, the first 4.5 miles entirely uphill. However, it is doable for in-shape hikers! Bring a jacket because there is still a tiny bit of snow at the top. I Highly recommend this trail! @harris_hikers

hiking
2 months ago

Great views. Trail is very muddy right now.

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snow
2 months ago

Very nice hike and not too difficult for a hard hike. I got there around 8 and so it was a little muddy on the way up but as it got warmer around noon a lot of snow was melted and flooded a lot of the trail. Was still a lot of fun with a great view.

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muddy
2 months ago

This is one of the most beautiful hikes I've ever done in this state and I've covered a lot of it. I started at the North Wilson TH and went to both lookouts – the Sedona one and the North Canyon one. Clocked it at 10.4 miles RT. I believe the other TH (Midgley) is about a mile longer if you go to both lookouts. The North Wilson trail is pretty steep and tough in spots, but the views at the top are well worth it. A bit muddy in spots but not too bad today. There are bears in the area so be aware – I saw some poop on the trail.

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

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