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.
dogs on leash
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.
Great trail with stunning views and diverse climate zones - all within a 2700 (+) ft ascent/descent. Bring plenty of water !
Love this hike! Beautiful trails and the most breathtaking views! Great for dogs with lots of energy!!
Great hike, only made it to first bench but easy up to that point. Great views just to there
Long but not too strenuous. Only went to Sedona lookout due to incoming weather. Hiked in February. Still patches of snow on the mountain. Parts of the trail were covered in mud and running water. Gets a little chilly on the northern side. Great hike. This and Bear Mountain are my favorites so far. Still plenty left to explore.
Mt Wilson has a special place in my heart. This trail starts off in Sedona and as you gain in elevation the terrain completely changes. The red rocks of sedona become darker colored and pine trees begin to surround you. Once at the top of the mountain you can make your way to an amazing view of downtown sedona, or go another mile to the other side of the mountain and get a killer view of Oak Creek! You will need atleast 3 liters of water per person, and prepare to spend atleast 5 hours on the mountain. It says the trail is only 10.7 miles but I ended up doing 14 the day I was there.
The views are absolutely unreal throughout the hike!
Path is very easy to follow.
Just wrote an awesome review but it got erased. Big points: BRING LOTS OF WATER, gorgeous view, totally worth it!! 12 miles @ 5 hours (we did some exploring).