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Huckaby Trail

Contributed by ranchez

This trail, constructed in 1998, is never far from the sights and sounds of Sedona. It is a pretty trail which offers a variety of views. It can be hiked from the Schnebly Hill trailhead (as described herein) or from Midgely Bridge. The trail is nearly level for 1/8 mile. The Margs Draw trail forks off to the left. Huckaby continues ahead and soon descends rather steeply, crosses Bear Wallow Wash, then ascends moderately over the next 1/2 mile. It tops out on a ridge and winds on level ground with nice views over Oak Creek and uptown Sedona to many of the familiar red rock formations of the area.

At the 1 mile point, the trail curves around the top of Mitten Ridge with Steamboat Rock, Wilson Mountain and Midgely Bridge coming into view beyond the creek below. Then, it begins a moderate descent over the next 1/2 mile to the floodplain of Oak Creek. the trail goes north beside the creek for 1/2 mile in the partial shade of the riparian trees.

At 2 miles, opposite the north end of Midgely Bridge, the trail crosses a branch of the creek which requires wading or boulder hopping. Do not cross if the water is high. The trail continues north for 0.2 miles, then another boulder hop of the west branch is needed. The trail now climbs moderately over switchbacks, passes beneath Midgely Bridge, and ends at the parking area at the north end of the bridge. The trails is mostly unshaded except along the creek and can be hot in summer. Return by the same route or do one way in either direction with arranged transportation.

Directions:

From the trailhead at Schnebly Hill - At the junction of Routes 89A and 179, take 179 south .3 miles. Turn left on Schnebly Hill Road just across the Oak Creek Bridge and go .8 miles. Take the turnoff on the left signed for Margs and Huckaby trails. Trail

Length: 2.6 miles  |   Rating: Moderate
Activies: Day Hiking, Backpacking

Trailhead Elevation: 4,400

Trailhead Waypoint: 34.866708 N -111.748978 W

Permit Info: Unknown 928-282-4119

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Region(s)
Northwest
Northeast

Management Area(s)
Coconino National Forest
Munds Mountain Wilderness

County
Yavapai County

Nearby Cities
Flagstaff
Oak Creek Canyon
Sedona

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