On this adventure we headed across state lines to Sedona Arizona for a trip we had been planning for 2 months. We knew Sedona was a very scenic place with all the red rocks but we also heard there were some amazing trails out there that we needed to go check out. So along with some of our great friends, we packed up and headed out for a long weekend of wheeling.
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Once everyone in our group made their way to Sedona, we all met for some good food, drinks and a little comradery at the Sedona Pizza Company before we kicked things off the next morning. If you visit Sedona, I highly recommend making this a stop on your list.
The next morning bright and early we met up at the Coffee Pot Restaurant for breakfast which came highly recommended. We aired down, did a quick gear check and had a short drivers meeting to discuss the days plans and headed out.
The first trail of the day was going to be Broken Arrow which was just a few miles down the road. This was the one trail we were all the most excited about.
The Broken Arrow trail did not disappoint. This 3.8 mile long trail had some great obstacles at almost every turn and the views of the red rocks all around never got old. As we made our way to the top of Devils Staircase, are anticipation level started to climb. Because with all the rain that morning, we knew it might be a bit of a challenge.
Devils Staircase really is much steeper than it does on camera for sure, but we all had a blast making our way down. However there were a couple in our group that just had to see if they could make their way up and without a doubt watching Little Big Jeep hammer their way up might have been the highlight of the day.
Broken Arrow is a very popular trail and we must have come across at least 15 Tour guided Jeeps along the way.
As we made our way off broken arrow it was time to stop for lunch, soak in the surroundings and get ready for Soldier Pass which was the next trail on the agenda.
The trailhead to soldiers pass was just a few miles down the road from broken arrow. This trail had a couple obstacles along the way, but not as difficult as broken arrow. But once again, the amazing scenery was around every corner
There are 2 must see destination along soldiers pass, the first one we stopped at was Devil’s Kitchen which is a massive sink hole and there are no railis, so watch your step. The second stop is the Seven Apache Pools, a very remarkable spot to visit
On our third and last trail run of the day to Schneblys Hill, mother nature decided to turn on the water works and I think everyone agreed that it made going up this mountain much more scenic with all the water falls coming off the rocks. This trail is easy and you really don’t even need 4 week drive. The gate was close half way through, but no worries as the views at this spot were breathtaking.
On day 2 we planned on doing Red Rock Powerline trail and then take the optional off shoot to Outlaw trail. This trail is just over 30 miles round trip and we expected it to take a up the whole day. This trail is rated as difficult, but aside from a couple small obstacles that you would want to have high clearance, it was that bad at all.
From all the rain the night before, the mud was exceptionally thick and I everyones tires were really gummed up which made things a little interesting going up the side of Black Mountain.
The ruins at the end of the Outlaw trail exceeded all our expectations. These ruins date back to the 1100’s and to see so much of it standing was very cool. This is a must-see destination and if you are out in Sedona. There is a flat dirt road that you can take to go straight there, but I think taking the Red Rock Powerline road is the best way to do it.