Huckaby trail (Sedona)

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Oak Creek
Midgely bridge as seen from Oak Creek canyon
Hiking along the Huckaby trail
Oak Creek
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Hiking along the Huckaby trail
Oak Creek canyon
Elevation plot: Huckaby trail

Location

How to Get There
This hike is located near Sedona, AZ.

From the Phoenix area, take I-17 North to HWY-179. Take HWY 179 through the Village of Oak Creek towards Sedona. Before you cross a bridge that crosses Oak Creek, you'll reach a round about that is signed for Schnebly Hill Road. Stay straight on this round about to follow Schnebly hill road. Take this paved road for 0.9 miles to the trailhead and parking on the left. There are restrooms here, but no water. You need a red rocks parking pass to park at this trailhead ($5 as of August 2017).
city
sedona
state
az
Region
Sedona

Hike details

Distance
5.40 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
5.4 miles for an out and back to Oak Creek. You can take this hike one way to the trailhead at Midgley Bridge (about 2.7 miles)
Time
2.00 [Hours]
Time-details
It took us just over two hours to complete this hike.
Elevation Change
400 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
About 400 ft of up and down
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back
Special Features
Water

Season

Best Season
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • September
  • October
  • November
Season Details
most enjoyable in spring/fall.
Date Hike completed
September 10, 2017

Solitudue

Solitude
Medium
Solitude Details
Pretty good. We saw perhaps 14 other hikers on the trail.

Difficulty

Difficulty Rating
Easy
difficulty detail
This was a pretty easy hike.

Permits

Permit Info
Red Rocks parking pass (as of August 2017, $5 per vehicle)
Be Aware of
Pay to park, creek crossing.

Hiking along the Huckaby trail through Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona, Arizona.

Sedona has instituted a "Red Rock Pass", which is a fancy way of saying you need to pay to play. As of March, 2017, the fee is $5 per day per vehicle. There are plenty of places in and around Sedona to pay this fee and get the hanger, which you need to hang on your rear view mirror to keep from being towed. This trailhead requires a Red Rocks Pass.

The hike starts from the well signed trailhead for the Huckaby trail. After about a quarter mile, stay right at the signed trail junction (JCT_1R on the map). This is really the only route finding on the hike. The hiking in this section is through typical red rock canyons that the Sedona area is known for. You'll travel generally North along a bench up above the town of Sedona, enjoying some unique views of the city.

About 1.5 miles into the hike, the trail drops down into Oak Creek canyon. The trail is shaded here and noticeably cooler as you hike closer to the creek. After about 2.7 miles of hiking, you'll reach a creek crossing of Oak Creek under the shadow of Midgley bridge. This makes a great place for lunch.

From here, if you had a shuttle, you could take the short, steep climb up to Midgley bridge. If not, back track here to the trailhead parking.

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