Tuesday, January 6, 2009
HUCKABY TRAIL Sedona Hugging the scenic red-rock ridges of Bear Wallow Canyon, the Huckaby Trail is a well-maintained, easy-to-follow urban path. The trail’s proximity to town attracts lots of visitors and it’s not unusual to encounter crowds during the first half-mile of the hike. After that, though, the masses thin out and the trail dips into a sandstone canyon, leaving obvious signs of civilization behind. Along the way, agaves and pinion-juniper frame classic “Sedona” views that feature vividly colored soaring cliffs and impossibly blue skies. At about the two-mile point, the trail descends to Oak Creek where strategically-placed stepping-stones make crossing the water a cinch. Once over the creek, the trail continues for another half-mile to the turn-around point for this hike where Midgly Bridge and the pine-studded for slopes of Wilson Mountain hover overhead. LENGTH: 5 miles round-trip RATING: easy ELEVATION GAIN: 300 feet GETTING THERE: From Phoenix, take I-17 north to the Highway 179 exit for Sedona. Head left on Highway 179 and continue into Sedona and then turn right onto Schnebly Hill Road. Continue on the good gravel bi-way for just under two miles and then turn left into the “Margs Draw/Huckaby Trailhead” parking lot. A Red Rock Pass is required to park, but the clean restrooms and interpretive signs at the trailhead make the $5 daily fee per vehicle a bargain. The passes are available at self-serve machine in the parking area.