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Sterling Pass to Vultee Arch Hike

Summary:  A hike up the west side of Oak Creek Canyon connecting to Vultee Arch

Challenge Level:  Hard

Hiking Distance:  About 3 miles from the Sterling Pass parking area to the Vultee Arch parking area

Trailhead Directions:  From the "Y" (the intersection of State Route 89A and State Route 179), drive north on SR 89A toward Flagstaff for 6 1/4 miles. You'll need to find a wide spot in the road to park on the west side. The trail starts at GPS coordinates: 34 56.185' N; 111 44.829' W. This was a two vehicle hike with the other vehicle parked at the Vultee Arch trailhead at the end of FR 152 (see the Vultee Arch information for trailhead directions).

Description:  The parking along SR 89A isn't the best as there is no official parking area. You'll need to find a place where you can park near the trailhead. The trail is steep and you'll climb about 1000 feet and enter a pine forest. Some of the views are obstructed by the dense trees but you will find areas with good views. After you reach the saddle the trail starts down. About 1 1/2 miles in you'll come to the sign for Vultee Arch. You should hike the 1/4 mile down the Vultee Arch Trail to see Vultee Arch. If you only have one vehicle, retrace your steps back to your vehicle parked along SR 89A

Photos:

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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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Great Sedona Hikes
Last Updated November 29, 2014
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