On Sunday, October 4th, Marie and I decided to head up to Sedona and do a little hiking, hit a couple local shops, and have a leisurely lunch. I jumped on the AllTrails app to search for trails in Sedona, and it returned (literally) “500 Trails”. I selected a couple that looked good and we hit the road.
The trail I picked was 1 hour 49 minutes / 104 miles from Roundhouse, and when we got there, the tiny parking lot was already full. I went to option #2, which was around the airport loop and that, too, was full.
I went to option 3, which is called “Brewer Trail”, and eureka – we found plenty of parking. Above is a picture of a church parking lot across from the trailhead, where I understand you can park and hike for free.
The morning was a bit cool and hazy – presumably from the California fires, but I’m not certain about that. There was a quick gain in elevation the first several hundred yards up the trailhead, and despite the many up close and personal encounters with Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jays and Juniper Titmouse, I was glad I chose not to lug the 500mm lens.
The images here are looking back towards the parking lot as we ascended the very lightly trafficked trail., and all were taken with my Samsung Galaxy S8.
There are many more images below if you care to scroll through them, but I’ll just summarize the rest of the outing here. We were pleasantly surprised that the Brewer Trail connected to the Sedona View Trail and the Airport Loop Trail, which was #2 on our list where we couldn’t find parking! We were able to get in a 6 mile round-trip hike and experience some spectacular 360 degree views of the Sedona area from the “summit”. The hike wasn’t terribly difficult or strenuous, but there were a few short ascents that were technically tricky, and one area in particular that was a little sketchy walking right along the sloped edge of a pretty sheer drop-off.
As the weather warmed up, the skies cleared and the haze dissipated, providing for simply spectacular views of the landscape. I didn’t have my camera, but did tote my binoculars and managed a decent prolonged view of a Northern Goshawk in flight (with me looking down on it from above!).
We finished the hike and ended up at “Butterfly Burger” for lunch, where we shared one of the very best tasting burgers I’ve ever had. Definitely recommended if you’re in the area.
(I added the sheer drop picture below – that smooth area running up the middle of the picture is the “trail”).