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Monday, December 16, 2013

YAVAPAI POINT TRAILS


YAVAPAI POINT TRAIL SYSTEM
Oak Creek-Sedona
View from Yavapai Vista Trail

Once just a pullout along SR 179, Yavapai Vista has evolved into a buffed-and-polished hiking destination. The site's time-honored interpretive signs describing notable Red Rock Country landforms are now augmented with a meticulously groomed system of short, interconnected exploratory trails. These seven routes, wiggling among slick rock  and pockets of Arizona cypress, offer a quieter alternative to the busy Bell Rock system of trails across the highway. Finding your way around is super simple. Trail maps at each junction make it nearly impossible to get lost, and white dots mark the way where the trails get sketchy on the sandstone mounds.  The path's short lengths are ideal for a quick road trip leg stretch or drama-free treks with kids. For those who prefer longer, more challenging hikes, the system also connects with forest service trails in the Catherdal Rock area.

Slim Shady Trail

LENGTH: 4.7 miles total
Basalt: 0.1
Coconino: 0.3
Hermit: 0.3
Kaibab: 0.1
Made in the Shade: 1.0
Slim Shady: 2.5
Yavapai Vista: 0.3
RATING: easy-moderate
ELEVATION: 4200' - 4400'
FEE: a Red Rock Pass is required. 
FACILITIES: benches, pass vending machine, map kiosks
GETTING THERE:
From Phoenix, take I-17 north to the Sedona-Oak Creek exit 298 for SR179.  Head west on SR179 and continue to the Back O' Beyond traffic circle near milepost 310. Drive around the circle and go 1.4 miles south on 179 to the Yavapai Point trailhead on the right. 

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