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Pumphouse Wash

Pool in Pumphouse Wash
Pumphouse Wash
Pool in Pumphouse Wash
map: Pumphouse Wash
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Pool in Pumphouse Wash
Pumphouse Wash
Pumphouse Wash
Narrows in Pumphouse Wash
Pumphouse wash


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

From the Sedona area, take HWY 89A towards Flagstaff and up the Oak Creek Canyon. 14 miles from Sedona is the downstream entrance to Pumphouse wash (near milepost 387, just before the bridge). If you continue up HWY 89A to milepost 391.5, you can turn right onto FR237 and drive 1.5 miles to an upstream entrance to Pumphouse wash. We started from the bottom and hiked up.

Hike details

3.50 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
3.5 miles round trip.
3.00 [Hours]
It took us three hours with a 15 minute stop for lunch.
Elevation Change
300 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
about 300 ft gradual gain
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back
Special Features


Best Season
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
Date Hike completed
June 24, 2017


Solitude Details
Not many people on this hike. Expect to meet no more than 6 people on this hike during a weekend. The further you go up or down the canyon, the fewer people you'll find.


Difficulty Rating
Moderately Strenuous
difficulty detail
Lot's of bolder hopping, and cool pools of water. It's a fun hike for those of us that don't need a flat, well marked trail. You control how long you want to hike. This is a Moderately strenuous hike.


Be Aware of
scrambling, swimming, boulder hopping, route finding

Hike through Pumphouse wash near Sedona, Arizona.

First step is to make your way to the bottom of the canyon. If you parked south of the bridge, there is a good route down on the left side of the bridge. This is a good canyon hike in the summer months. You'll be walking on boulders for the duration of this hike. Don't be frustrated on the slow progress due to the boulders and route finding, enjoy it. There's occasional pools to cool off in or scramble around. You can go as far as you want and turn around. We hiked in for about 1.5 hours until we came to some very scenic narrows. To continue would have required a long swim through some water or an unknown walk around. We chose lunch and to turn around.

In some parts of this canyon, the walls surrounding you are 1000 feet high. Scrambling around and over boulders is fun! 


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