Wilson Canyon


Summary:  A pleasant hike in a shaded canyon with red rock views at the end

Challenge Level:  Moderate

Hiking Distance:  About 3 miles round trip (in and out)

Trailhead Directions:  From the "Y" roundabout (the intersection of State Route 89A and State Route 179), go north on SR 89A to the Midgley Bridge. Just as you cross the bridge, the trailhead parking is on your left. The parking lot can fill up quickly on the weekends.

Description:  This moderate hike has the trailhead at the North end of Midgley Bridge. At first the trail is wide but narrows further on. At about ˝ mile you’ll intersect the end of the Jim Thompson Trail. The trail crosses the bottom of the canyon about a dozen times as it winds in about 1.4 miles. And the red rock views are near the end of the hike because there are Arizona cypress blocking many of the views before that.

Here's a link to a video from our January 2010 hike (

And here's a link to a video from our May 2014 hike (


Click on the photos below for a bigger view




Here are photos from our January 2012 hike  

And other photos from the January 2008 hike  

Here are photos from our October 2010 hike  


Guest Photos:

Here are photos taken by David Butler on our January 14, 2008 hike. 


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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Last Updated November 29, 2014
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