Thursday, October 25, 2012

Where the Pavement Ends...

Weather:  Mid 70s, warm in the sunshine

About this hike:  I took a Jeep tour on Tuesday, which inspired me to check this trail out, as it parallels a popular Jeep route.  Trailhead is along Schnebly Hill Rd., right before the pavement turns to dirt.  The Munds Trail is a nearly four mile out-and-back.  The scenery along the way is absolutely beautiful, taking you through dry washes; past what must be an amazing, roaring waterfall after a rain; and up to Merry-Go-Round rock.  Scenery along this hike also includes phenomenal views of Snoopy Rock and other red rock formations.  The trail is a bit tricky to follow at first, but like most Sedona trails maintained by the U.S. Forest Service, wire cages full of rocks are abundantly placed as trail markers.  Along the way is a picnic area with tables and benches.  The trail basically parallels Schnebly Hill Rd. and Jeeps of every color and tour operator—red, yellow, pink (of course!)—are constantly whizzing by.  Several times the trail actually crosses the road as it winds up toward the lookout point on the Mogollon Rim.  This trail ended at Schnebly Hill Road Trail, which I didn't bother pursuing.  All in all, this is a great hike that isn't too strenous.  There's some uphill, but nothing too challenging. 

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