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Name: Hot Loop Trail (FR153A) Author's Rating:
Author: Matt Marine Avg. User Rating: Not rated yet
Type: 4WD Difficulty: (easy 4WD, though may be impassible in wet weather)
Time: 1 - 2 hours Region: NW Arizona
Length: 2.56 miles (one way) Elevation gain/loss/change: +390 / -0 ft / -390 ft (one way)
Type: Through trail Avg Elevation: 6100 ft
Best time to go: fall, summer, spring Fees: NA
Fitness rating: Low Educational Merit: Low
Danger/fear rating: Medium Scenic Beauty: High
Hours of Operation: Trail closed to vehicles from 12/15 to 4/1 every year Last updated: October, 2011
Short Description: An easy, but rocky trail along the edge of the Mogollon Rim near Sedona
Geocaches: Tons of cool geocaches around. Here's just a few. Schnebly Hill Vista; Top of Sedona; Casner Canyon
References / Contact Information: None at this time
Points of interest: Camping along the Mogollon Rim with awesome views, Schnebly Hill Lookout
Special Considerations: May be impassible in wet weather. Trail closed to vehicles from 12/15 to 4/1 every year
How to get there: From Sedona, take Schnebly Hill Road for about 6.5 miles to the top of the rim. The trail is just after the Schnebly Hill lookout. Click here for directions.

Trail Description

This is a short, easy (but rough) trail along the Mogollon Rim near Sedona. The best part of this trail are the views down into the valley and the camping spots along the rim. Just wonderful.

General Information and History

I have no idea why this is called Hot Loop Trail and could find little references to it. If anyone knows the history on this trail, I would love you to share it with me!

If you have some time, you may want to go to the Top of Sedona geocache. It looks like there may be some cool stuff there. I haven't visited it yet, but plan on it next time I go camping there.

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The Trail

You can start this trail from either entry point along Schnebly Hill Road (Waypoints 001 or 004). We started at Waypoint 001, which is almost directly across from the Schnebly Hill Lookout parking area.

You will see the sign for closures on your right almost immediately. And the rocks get thrown your way. After a very short distance, you'll see a short spur to the right that takes you to the edge of the rim. This is a nice place to watch the cars drive up Schnebly Hill Road.

After the spur, continue straight on the main road. Again, it will be rocky here, but if you don't mind these rocks, this is about as bad as they get. Keep on the main road. There will be a few spurs to the right (Waypoint 001a) that take you to the rim. Feel free to explore some of these. We only did a few.

The area around Waypoint 002 is a prime camping area. Wonderful views and nice, open spots.

Continue on the main road, this section can get very muddy in wet weather. Even a week after any rain, there were still some big puddles along the road when we went.

At Waypoint 003, stay on the main road (straight) as you go through the fence line, a right here will take you to the Committee Tank (which we did not take).

Now you will start going through some nice pine forests. The trail seemed to branch off in many places here, but they always seemed to connect back together. This area may be confusing. We stayed on what looked like the main trail and came out fine.

After what seems to be way to short of a good time, you'll find yourself back on Schnebly Hill Road at Waypoint 004. Now you can either drive back down Schnebly Hill or turn right and go to I-17. Whatever you decide, be safe and have fun!

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