Sedona has opened several new trails - the wildflowers are blooming - the scenery is terrific! Lets grab a camera and some landscape or macro gear and get some dirt on our boots. This is a walking photo trip, not a death hike!
We'll meet at the Yavapai Vista Parking area. There is a requirement to have either a Red Rock daily pass ($5.00 at the machine in the parking lot), weekly pass or Annual Pass. A National Park Annual Pass is also accepted, they are $80 at the Red Rock Ranger Station, just after the speed on highway 179 drops to 45mph.
DIRECTIONS: To get to the Yavapai Vista Trailhead and Parking area, you actually have to drive past it on Highway 179 on the way toward Sedona. As you exit the Village of Oak creek, you will pass a Circle K on your right, followed by the Bell Rock Vista and Courthouse Vista. Next up is the Little Horse Trail Head area on your right. You will loop around the next "roundabout" and head back towards the Village of Oak Creek. The Yavapai Vista parking area will be on the right in about a mile or so, the first place you can turn right after you exit the roundabout. If you pass it, just loop around and try again. It happens - trust me.
TRAIL PLAN: The plan is to follow the Kaibab Trail, Slim Shady trail, the HT trail, and then follow the East Templeton Trail back to the parking area. Distance is a little over 2 miles. Bring water, hat, sunblock, trail snacks (if so inclined).
OTHER: Please follow trail etiquette - there isn't a second set of rules for photographers. Stay on trails, make a minimum impact, yield to those traveling uphill, warn others before you pass them, step to the side to make way for those who want to pass. This is a popular mountain bike trail as well - step to the side, they normally will tell you how many more are in the group.