Hiking The Huckaby Trail
The 4th most popular hiking trail in Arizona.
Saturday 23 July 2016 03:28 GMT
East of Sedona, the Huckaby Trail (#161) is a 2.6 mile one-way route from Schenebly Hill road down to the Oak Creek below the Midgley Bridge. To reach the hiking trailhead from Sedona, 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 1/8th mile. 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.
Overall, Huckaby Trail is the 4th most popular hiking trail of all 49 hikes in Arizona. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Huckaby Trail including West Clear Creek Trail, West Fork Trail, Hot Loop Trail, Cathedral Rock / Templeton Trail, Wilson Mountain Trail and Jim Thompson TrailNorth Wilson Trail.