Huckaby Thompson Loop For Mountain Biking
The 5th most popular mountain bike trail in Arizona.
Sunday 26 June 2016 03:28 GMT
Southeast of Sedona, the 8.5 mile Huckaby Trail Loop is a challenging local favorite route overlooking uptown Sedona.
To reach the mountain biking trailhead from uptown Sedona, head west on SR89A to SR179. Then follow SR179 south 0.3 miles. Turn left heading east on Schnebly Hill Road for 0.8 miles. The trail starts at the signed parking area on the left.
The trail is nearly level for the first 1,000 feet. The Margs Draw trail forks off to the left. Huckaby continues ahead and soon descends rather steeply, crosses Bear Wallow wash, and then ascends moderately over the next 0.5 miles. It tops out on a ridge, winding around on level ground with nice views over Oak Creek and uptown Sedona. At the 1 mile point, the trail curves around the tow of Mitten Ridge with Steamboat Rock, Wilson Mountain and Midgely Bridge coming into view. Then the route begins a moderate descent over the next 0.5 miles through a burn zone to the floodplain of Oak Creek. The trail proceeds north along the creek for 0.5 miles in partial shade of riparian trees. At the 2 mile point, opposite the north end of Midgely Bridge, the trail crosses a branch of Oak Creek, which can run high at times. The trail continues north for 0.2 miles to another crossing and then climbs moderately through switchbacks to the parking area at the north end of the bridge.
From the Midgely Bridge parking area, the route follows the Wilson Canyon Trail (#49) north bearing right following rock cairns. It gradually climbs and then descends across the canyon drainage. At 0.6 miles from the parking area, turn left heading west on the Jim Thompson Trail. The trail climbs moderately for 0.2 miles. At the top, bear right and then left following a narrow old road along the exposed base of Steamboat rock. There are nice views of Sedona red rock formations to the south. Over the final 0.75 miles, the trail narrows as it enters thick brush cover and descends into Mormon Canyon. At the bottom, the trail intersects with a gravel forest service road at the Brins Mesa trailhead. Turn left onto the road to reach the Jordan Road trailhead parking. Continue on to reach Jordan Road which leads into uptown Sedona.
If youre still looking for more riding, the east end of the North Urban Trail System (Secret Trails) starts from the Jordan Road parking area and heads west over towards Soldiers Pass.
Overall, Huckaby Thompson Loop is the 5th most popular mountain bike trail of all 103 mountain biking rides in Arizona. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Huckaby Thompson Loop including Soldiers Pass / Secret Trail, Bell Rock-Llama-Submarine, Templeton Trail / Easy-Breezy, Deadmans Pass Loop, Apache Maid Trail and Dead Horse Ranch State Park.