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Sterling Pass to Vultee Arch

Sterling Pass to Vultee Arch

Saturday Nov 3rd, 2012

Carpool 7am, Hike 9:30am

Strenuous 5.5 miles RT

One of my favorite Fall hikes, this trail takes you up a steep serene canyon over a high saddle and down to Vultee Arch. The climb is steep right from the start and gains over 1,100 feet in just over a mile. Mossy grey rocks, thick stands of trees and trails carpeted with leaves and pine needles offer a pleasant change. It's very quiet along this little used trail, except for the squawk of circling birds and your own heavy breathing! As you near the top the trail begins a series of switchbacks and you gain a wide-angle view of the canyon you've just climbed as well as limited vistas further east. A small rock Cairn marks the saddle at 1.25 miles. We will then continue down the other side for another 1.5 miles to the Vultee Arch Trail where we hang a right to the Arch. Some minor bushwacking is required if you'd like to go out on the Arch.

THIS TRAIL IS DIFFICULT. EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY PLEASE! Optional lunch afterwards at Golden Goose Cafe 2545 W. Hwy 89A Sedona 86336 [masked]

Carpool: 7am Bagel Gourmet 16845 N. 29th Ave #4 located at the West end of the Fry's shopping center.

Directions to Trailhead: From Sedona, take 89A up Oak Creek Canyon almost 6 miles toward the Manzanita Campground, between mile markers 380 & 381. There is a small parking area on the right side of the road, just south of Manzanita Campground with plenty of parking and there is space for 3 cars at the trailhead along 89A. The actual trailhead is easy to miss, but it's just south of Slide Rock Lodge. (No public parking is allowed at Slide Rock Lodge unless you are a guest!)


Bring: 3-4 liters water, snacks, sunscreen, camera, hat, jacket, gloves & $1 for the 3H fund.

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  • Libby

    This was a good workout hike. I can NOT state how much I enjoy the fall colors, rock formations but most of all the people I hike with.

    November 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fabulous Fall Foliage, Great Friends and a Tough Climb! Fantastic Fall Day!

    November 4, 2012

  • Peggy

    It was great! A nice workout, good company, absolutely beautiful fall hike! Thanks, Shannon, for putting this together. Your hikes are always great!

    November 3, 2012

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