NOTE: The following summary information is to help with hike selection and is not intended to be used for hiking the trail. For your safety and enjoyment, please obtain a copy of Great Sedona Hikes hiking guide available HERE.
Summary: A pleasant hike in a ponderosa pine forest with interesting rocks and cliffs
Challenge Level: Easy
Hiking Distance: About 5 1/2 miles round trip
Trailhead Location: The parking area is located on FR 237, a dirt road beyond the SR 89A switchbacks. Note: if you don't have a high clearance 4 wheel drive vehicle, park on the road and walk down to the parking area.
Go down the hill on your left in a northeasterly direction. You'll be in Pumphouse Wash at the bottom of the hill. Proceed straight across the wash up a dry streambed for about 500 feet and you'll come to the beginning of the trail.
Description: This hike takes you through a pine forest near Flagstaff off of SR 89A (in Oak Creek Canyon). There are interesting rock formations as you travel along Kelly Canyon via Pumphouse Wash. After 1 mile, Kelly Canyon goes right (northeast) and is hard to follow. So we hike north on a well defined trail that follows Pumphouse Wash.
The ambient temperature you encounter for this hike is cool because of the elevation (about 6400 feet) and the shade provided by the trees. The trail intersects FR 237 after about 2 3/4 miles. We found snow on our hike late in April 2009. The early morning summer temperatures are in the 50's and low 60's making this a wonderful summer hike. There were a number of wildflowers along the trail.
Here's a link to a video from our July 2011 hike (http://youtu.be/Pxhdl3-5Jes).
Here are photos taken in June 2008 by Lou Camp
For those of you who have a GPS unit, I have GPS data available for the hike which include "tracks," the route and waypoints.
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