Wilson Canyon Overnight
This hike heads straight for some of the most panoramic views in the Oak Creek Canyon/Sedona area. Plan a full day for it and start early - the climb up Wilson Mountain is a strenuous one. The majority of the 2300 foot climb is packed into the first mile or so of the hike. You'll have more reasons than just exertion to stop and take a breather along this route, however. The views start as soon as you leave the car and they just keep getting better. There is shade along parts of this trail but enough of it is out in the open to make it hot work under a summer sun. An alternate, cooler route is provided by North Wilson Trail which starts just north of Encinoso Picnic Area, just past 3 miles up canyon from Midgley Bridge. The two trails join at a point midway up the mountain. At the top you'll be rewarded with views that stretch over hundreds of square miles of scenic canyon country and include Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Coffee Pot Rock, Capitol Butte, Sterling Canyon and the Verde Valley.
Gear IncludedDiscovery Treks tours are all inclusive tours which include:
- All meals from lunch day 1 through lunch day 2
- An experienced Wilderness First Responder Certified Backpacking Guide
- Transportation From Scottsdale
- Necessary backpacking gear including 65 - 75L backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking poles, double occupancy tent (single tent upgrade available for $50)
- All permits and fees
Please note: The Sedona Red Rock Rangers are in the process of finalizing the backpacking permit for their region. As of now we have verbal consent to begin marketing and selling tours for 2019 however we cannot run any tours until the Rangers finalize the permit in the next month or so.
Specifics:Day 1 (miles shown do not include ascent up to north and south overlooks on trail 123) 0.0 Trailhead 2.2 Wilson Mountain Bench stop to admire views. Discussion on wild fire 2.8 Trail Junction continue on trail #10 3.2 Wilson Mtn Summit Views and photographs 3.3 North Wilson Mountain Trailhead #123 4.2 Camp on first bench of Wilson Mtn Day 2 – Return – 6.4 miles to 10 miles
Transportation from Phoenix/Scottsdale/Sedona included in tour
What to Bring
Our camping and hiking trips include all pro-quality gear, meals required for your adventure. This includes tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking supplies, trekking poles, and daypacks and/or backpacks. We are happy to accommodate food allergies and most dietary restrictions. Please include your preferences in your Registration Form so that we can prepare accordingly.