Hiking The Jim Thompson Trail
The 22nd most popular hiking trail in Arizona.
Thursday 14 July 2016 03:28 GMT
Northeast of Sedona, the Jim Thompson Trail (#124) is a 3 mile one-way route from Midgely Bridge to Jordan Road trailhead. The Midgely Bridge trailhead is located on SR89A northeast of uptown Sedona about 1.5 miles.
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 hiking 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 or to head into uptown Sedona.
Overall, Jim Thompson Trail is the 22nd most popular hiking trail of all 49 hikes in Arizona. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Jim Thompson Trail including Huckaby Trail, West Clear Creek Trail, West Fork Trail, Hot Loop Trail, Cathedral Rock / Templeton Trail and Wilson Mountain TrailNorth Wilson Trail.