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“Pleasant surprise”

Wilson Canyon Trail
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138 reviews
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“Pleasant surprise”
Reviewed October 1, 2013 via mobile

We hiked this trail on the same day we hiked Fay Canyon and comparing the two trails we preferred this trail. The guidebooks for the trail list it as an easy flat trail, and although we agree with easy it is definitely not flat especially when comparing it to Fay Canyon. The end of hike is fairly anti climatic unless you take the time to climb up the steep trail to the top of the hill which then provides great views of the red rocks surrounding the canyon. As hikers we enjoyed this more than Fay Canyon and would use this as a warm-up hike next time instead of Fay.

Visited September 2013
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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845 reviews
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“Our favorite easy hike in the Red Rocks area”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

This hike has grown on me over the years, and my wife and I now always take it near the end of our annual trip to Sedona. It's relatively flat, but the creek along which it passes has some very nice scenery. Two warnings:

Do *not* confuse this with Wilson Mountain Trail, which uses the same trailhead. It will split off from Wilson Canyon Trail as an ascending side trail, and ascend (and ascend, and ascend) it does.

Also, parking at the trailhead is limited, and people find creative ways to squeeze yet one more car into the lot. When you park there, be aware that there will be cars squirming around in tight spaces in the lot, and that new Lexus SUV you just bought could possibly end up as an accidental target.

Visited February 2013
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Ajax, Canada
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“There are better trails”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

We went here on the advice of a ranger at an information booth. We found the trail disappointing, really. Fay Canyon is much, much better.

Visited May 2013
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“Sedona overlook on high...”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

North Wilson Trail ( named after 19 th century bear trapper) is accessed @ Encinoso picnic area, which closes its gates @ dusk. Encinoso is located on N. 89A ruffly 5. 5 miles north of upper Sedona. The TH is to right of the one-way entrance into the picnic area. Bathrooms are avialable.

After the initial tug up above the picnic area, the burnt out meadows slug is a steady but not difficult climb. Once in the crease of the meadows, this is where a progressive switch-back pull becomes labour intense. The effort is rewarded w/ an open wide bench walk w/ panoramamic views of the eastern mogollon rim. Be advised to have gear to provide warmth & comfort for this higher exposed terrain. The level walk will do you good to rest your heart-rate in order for the second half of the climb.

After about 1/2 mile of a leisure stroll, the trail begins to climb leaving the bench below. Good news...the hard stuff is behind you. Climb & climb up to a wide & tree burnt saddle, per say, where its found a large fallen tree. There will be a choice to be made at this juncture of the trail. Been to both trail ends...By far, the choice i suggest is to go left pilgram....go see Sedona Overlook. It's an EZ pleasant hike about 12 to 15 minutes to the overlook, which is @ 7010 ft in elevation, so bring your camera & your lunch. Enjoy the best lunch spot in town on a gorgeous day looking out & over all you survey.
Hiking time one way to the overlook....approx 2: 15 minutes w/ necessary breathers to enjoy the sights. Wilson trapped all the bear so hike in peace.

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“Easy wilderness hike...but where does it end?”
Reviewed October 26, 2011

We had received a little local newspaper with hiking trails in Red Rock Country and decided to opt for the Wilson Canyon trail which is a short, easy hike (~1 hour each way depending on your speed) to start off our trip. Limited parking is on the north side of the Midgley Bridge (get there in the morning!). There are multiple trails you can get on at that location (Wilson Mountain, Wilson Canyon, Jim Thompson) so make sure to get on the right one! There are markers every so often on the Wilson Canyon trail, especially in the beginning as it leads into the wilderness which is helpful, but after that you have to watch for footprints as occasionally there are other unintended paths (from animals maybe?) that lead to dense areas. Eventually you end up at just the creek bed and there is seemingly no "end" - no great scenic view looking down into the canyon as you are already IN the canyon. So, if your intent is to have a very notable scenic picture, you won't get that unless you climb the red rock. When we hike we like to hike for a purpose, but this hike left us wanting more. Don't get me wrong, it was beautiful, but if you're looking for something with a great finish, I would recommend the Devil's Bridge.

Visited October 2011
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