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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length11.5 miElevation gain2,805 ftRoute typeOut & 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!

Trail head and parking is just north of the Midgely Bridge on the left side. Parking is very limited.

Water, Water, Water. Do not attempt uprepared, plan ahead and bring food and water for a strenuous day. Also camera is a must, the views are spectacular. Parking and the length of the hike are perfect reasons to start early. The parking lot is also used for people viewing the bridge and vista points, so parking can be very limited. Read the trail markers carefully, it would be easily to mistakenly head down the wrong direction.

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Randy Roycroft
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Simply amazing, I began at 6am on a Monday morning and saw only one other person and was completely alone at the overlook!

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Josh Wilson
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Great hike amazing views of Sedona! Not too bad for a hard rating but heat will get you on way down!

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Kelli Geil
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Great hike, bring more water than you think you need!

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Redi Rahmani
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Moderate intensity. The walk down is rocky. Phenomenal views. If doing during summer go early, once sun out it gets hot

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Jeffrey Shaw
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Fantastic views throughout the hike. The descent was definitely the bigger challenge than the ascent. I’d recommend to visit Canyon Overlook before Sedona Overlook, as the latter is more spectacular and has more space to rest and take in the view.

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Yatindra Patel
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Took roughly 4 1/2 hours to complete this hike started around 7 AM and it was cold almost the whole way up the views of Wilson Canyon are great in the morning but I think the views from Sedona outlook would be better in the evening around sunset.

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Stan Matzinger
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Wow !!

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Michael Klein
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HikingFeeGreat!

Overall it was a great hike. It was long, but nothing too strenuous. Bear mountain was shorter but a little harder because of the incline. Leave before 7am (or before 6) to avoid crowds and heat. We just did the Sedona overlook and it was 9.5 miles. The views are breathtaking all the way up it is a must do while in Sedona. Have to stop at Sedona Brewing Company after!

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Katie Gillies
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It was great! Made it all the way to the end and back in about six hours. Agree with the reviews that it is a bit rocky and can be a little hard on the feet, but the views are amazing. We started at 6 AM and didn’t see anyone for the first four hours

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Aleks Malysevas
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Hard one.

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Aroura Jackson
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Hard, but worth it.

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Sonia Kawal
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Great trail, but not for beginners. First couple of miles are real rocky and a very consistent upward climb but when you get to the top you are rewarded big time. We took our time and the round trip with staying at the top for almost an hour was about seven hours, parking is terrible and bring lots of water especially during the summer. Get there before 7 AM and you should not have a problem. Enjoy!

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Tariq M Nasim
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Absolutely beautiful trail! We went last week (March 20) and found a lot of snow on the trail near the top. The path from the junction of Sedona Viewpoint to the end of Wilson Mt Trail was very muddy. That part of the trail almost turned into a stream and ended becoming a nice little waterfall. The weather was cool (with very strong wind) so we didn't need to carry too much water, but I guess you will need to carry more water in warmer days. If there is snow and mud, it's not worth going beyond the Sedona Viewpoint in my opinion. Sedona Viewpoint was awesome and a good flat place to spend an hour or two.

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Zita Kang
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We just did the shorter trail up to the Sedona Lookout. We managed without poles but it would’ve definitely made for a more comfortable trek with them. Lots of sliding around the top and getting snow and mud inside our boots but all well worth it. The views were stunning!

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Lori Reynolds
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Did it, now I don’t think I’ll do it again! This felt this one of those “must do” trails but not so incredible you want to do it again. At least not the entire same trail again anyway since there is another trail that joins halfway up. This trail though was very rocky for a good portion of it. If you have bad knees, you WILL feel it going down. It should also be noted that during the winter months, when snow is still present at the top, and during a active monsoon season, the top of the mountain will be a slop fest. It was bearable if you’re just going to the Sedona overlook viewpoint, but if you decide to do the extra 3 mile round trip hike out to the north view, it was incredibly muddy, soft, and wet. The trail was practically a stream for several portions. It was unavoidable in some areas. When I first hiked through that section (before 9) it was half frozen. When I walked back through a little after ten, total slop. Everywhere. Definitely recommend hiking poles to help skip and jump all the super wet areas, or from one mud spot to the next! As someone else said below, the north overlook is worth it, but if you had to choose, definitely see the Sedona side.

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Matthew McCue
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Phenomenal trail. Got there at 7, was the only car in parking lot (keep in mind it was snowing though). Snow was above my ankles near the first bench - if I did it again in these conditions I would have definitely brought poles. The weather made it challenging but was a unique, peaceful hike. As others have mentioned, be sure to wear hiking boots to navigate all the loose rocks. Enjoy!

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AllTrails User
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Long and steady incline.

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Ken Mccarthy
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Outstanding

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