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Munds Wagon Trail

by: Editor on 11/2/2017

 

Whether you traverse the historic cattle route near Mitten Ridge and Merry-Go-Round Rock by horse, ATV, mountain bike or feet, you’re guaranteed to enjoy a unique view of the Sedona area—and get a peek into history. Also known as Trail No. 78, it connects the Margs Draw Trail to Schnebly Hill Trail and Huckaby Trail. Although it’s well-marked, it’s considered a moderate hike with only occasional shade provided by the cypress trees.

If you start at the east trailhead, which is close to Bear Wallow Canyon, you’ll get a gentle descent before the trail levels out and begins to circle around Merry-Go-Round Rock. Here, you’re treated to a fantastic view of the canyon before starting another descent west. Switchbacks on Schnebly Hill Road take you right into Bear Wallow Wash for quite a long stretch before a moderate incline begins.

A Hike to Remember

Once you’re above the floor of the canyon, views abound—particularly of Mogollon Rim and the red rocks nearby. Keep going further to get a view of the city of Sedona and the variety of rock formations. The trail comes to a finale at Huckaby Trailhead. The full trek can be a challenge, and many visitors prefer to design their own shorter treks by taking on a portion of the full route.

It’s similar to one of the most popular cattle trails leading out of the city, which started in 1896. However, the cattle trail wasn’t complete until 1902 when it was funded by Coconino County. Open year-round, November is a great time to explore this trail thanks to the cooler weather.