WHEN: 8:30 a.m.; Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Estimated duration: 3 1/2 – 4 hours.
MEET AT: Long Canyon Trailhead
From intersection of 89A and Dry Creek Rd. in West Sedona, turn north onto Dry Creek Rd. Follow it 2.8 miles to stop sign, and turn right. Go about 1/2 mile to TH sign. There is rough dirt parking on both sides of the road, and there’s often a big mud puddle on the left side. If you arrive at the entrance to Seven Canyons golf resort, you’ve gone too far.
DESCRIPTION: Mostly easy, with some more moderate to challenging sections, 6.5 miles; CEG 1200′. Out and back hike, mostly maintained system trail with a side trip up social trail to ruin site.
This hike starts out on the Long Canyon trail, a nice wide (and reasonably flat) route that takes you past Mescal Mountain before passing the junction to Deadman’s Pass. Along here, you’re skirting the edges of the Seven Canyons golf course. Once you enter the shady forest of Arizona Cypress and pine trees, the canyon walls start to pull in, and before long you really feel that you’re in a canyon. Ice Cream Rock looms prominently on the right, and as soon as you are adjacent to it, you leave the main trail, crossing the wash and following a social trail that begins to ascend towards the bottom of the cone. There are a couple of tricky spots as you scramble, and a few hidden twists and turns, but once you arrive near the base of the cone, the final scramble reveals itself. At the top of this short but steep slope, the trail cuts back into a dramatic drainage. A short distance following the base of the cliffs, and you’ll soon be rewarded for your efforts as you arrive at your destination.
TRAIL GUIDE: Long Canyon Trail #122