|Lucy and Snoopy rock formations|
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Sedona "Peanut gallery" hike
Munds Mountain Wilderness
Hiking in wilderness areas is always a treat. Motorized vehicles and even peddle-powered bikes are not allowed, making for an exceptionally quiet experience. Munds Mountain Wilderness is one of the easiest to access wild places in the state. Located just yards beyond a bank of private residences along Sedona's busy highway 179, one might wonder just how “out there” this trek would feel. Surprizingly, the trail does offer a refreshing escape. Massive blood red-and-buff colored sedimentary stone cliffs rise along the route's north flank absorbing the din of civilization while inspiring a million photo opportunities. It's along this pinion pine and cypress-shaded trail where two of Red Rock Country's most beloved sandstone formations live. At around the mid-point of the hike, look up to spot “Snoopy Rock” and “Lucy”. The profile bust of Peanuts character, Lucy sits in the middle of a high ridge, while her canine cartoon companion, Snoopy can be seen laying on his back on a ledge just below her with Woodstock the bird perched on his nose.
LENGTH: 2 miles one way
ELEVATION: 4,285' – 4,480'
FEE: $5 Red Rock Pass required
DOGS: leashed dogs allowed
KID FRIENDLY?: yes
BEST SEASON: year-round, but primo October -April
DISTANCE FROM PHOENIX: 125 miles one way
GETTING THERE: (3 TRAILHEADS)
Schnebly Hill (north) trailhead:
From Phoenix, go north on I-17 to exit 298 for AZ179/Sedona-Oak Creek. Travel west (left) on AZ179 to the traffic circle just before entering Sedona (near Talaquepaque center), veer right into the circle, make and immediate right onto Schnebly Hill Road and continue 1 mile to the Huckaby-Munds Wagon trailhead on the left.
Sombart Lane (middle) trailhead:
From Phoenix, go north on I-17 to exit 298 for AZ179/Sedona-Oak Creek. Travel west (left) on AZ179, turn right onto Sombart Lane—located between mileposts 312 and 313--and continue 0.2 mile to the trailhead. Here, there's a 0.4-mile connector trail leading to Margs Draw.
Broken Arrow (south) trailhead:
From Phoenix, go north on I-17 to exit 298 for AZ179/Sedona-Oak Creek. Travel west (left) on AZ179 and turn right onto Morgan Road—located between mileposts 311 and 312--and continue 0.6 mile to the trailhead on the left.
All roads are paved.
INFO: Red Rock Ranger District, Coconono National Forest, 928-203-2900