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Name: Lincoln Canyon (FR9551) Author's Rating:
Author: Matt Marine Avg. User Rating: Not rated yet
Type: 4WD Difficulty: (easy 4WD)
Time: 1 - 2 hours Region: NW Arizona
Length: 4.5 miles (one-way) Elevation gain/loss/change: +410 / -205 ft / +205 ft (one way)
Type: Out and back or through trail Avg Elevation: 4600 ft
Best time to go: fall, spring, winter Fees: NA
Fitness rating: Low Educational Merit: Low
Danger/fear rating: Low Scenic Beauty: Medium
Hours of Operation: NA Last updated: October, 2011
Short Description: A very easy 4WD connecting trail from Sycamore Pass to the Honanki Ruins
Geocaches:Tons of cool geocaches around. Here's just a few.Outlaw Trail Treasure; Mooney Trail Overlook; Robber's Roost
References / Contact Information:Coconino National Forest; National Forest Photo Album;
Points of interest: Old pump house; Sedona redrock; Honanki Ruins, Sycamore Pass
Special Considerations: The beginning portion of this trail may be closed off (signage was contradictory), may need to go with alternate route as described below.
How to get there: From Sedona, head west on Hwy 89A toward Cottonwood. About 10 miles from the center of town, turn right of FR 525 (Loy Butte Road). Drive about 2.8 miles, turn left onto FR 525C (Sycamore Pass Road). Keep on this road for about another 5.5 miles until you reach Waypoint 001. Caution: Route finding in this area can be a little difficult and roads are very well marked. Click here for directions.

Trail Description

If you're visiting Sycamore Pass and the Honanki Ruins and want an alternative (and more exciting) route between the two, this trail may be for you. It's an easy 4WD trail with no major obstacles and takes you to an interesting pump house. The trail is bumpy, but not tough.

General Information and History

As far as I know, this trail doesn't have an official name. I am calling it Lincoln Canyon because you go through a portion of it along the trail. I understand there is a Lincoln Canyon Road, but there's a difference between a road and a trail, right? Also, the trail isn't a long one forest road for the entire trip, but I've given it the main forest road that you'll be on.

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The Trail

This trail is a "short cut" from Sycamore Canyon to Honanki Ruins. That's not to say it is faster. It very well may be slower, but it is shorter than the approximate 13 miles you'd drive through Red Canyon Rd. If you have a 4WD and want a little more exciting route between the two, then you may want to give this a try.

We took the following route, which the first portion may close soon or be closed. The signs were misleading and incomplete. We started at Waypoint 001 (near Black Tank). We saw the old cabin or pump house (Waypoint 002) and decided to have a look.

The pump house is very cool and is an interesting stop. From there, we went through a gate as we headed northeast. Along trail between Waypoints 002 and 003, there were "keep off" signs on either side of the trail. The trail was well traveled and I took this as you have to stick to the road, which we did. When we got to FR9549M (Waypoint 003), there were signs about staying on the road (FR9549M). It was unclear if they meant the road I was on, or the surrounding desert.

Anyway, you may have to go in through FR9549M. I believe it intersects Sycamore Canyon at Waypoint N 34 53.44 W111 57.22, though I don't know for sure and haven't traveled this section of the road. FR9549M also looked well traveled and easy.

Head northeast from Waypoint 003 on FR9549. You will soon come to Spring Creek, though when we went through, it was completely dry. From Spring Creek, head up the ridge and keep going straight past the road on the right (FR9549). The road you should be on right now is FR9551.

Keep on the main track (others will intersect at different points). The road is on a ridge and you can see some of Sedona's great redrock in the distance.

After about 3 miles (from the start of the trail), you will begin to head down into Lincoln Canyon. Route finding here can be a little difficult. Stay on the main trail, I don't know if the road shown on the Topo exists or goes anywhere. Also, the descent down a rocky hill is the most difficult portion of the trail.

The portion after the descent is the most fun part of the trail. There's some fun rolling hills and some beautiful view of the cliffs that the Honanki Ruins stand under. Again, stay on the main road. Soon, it will dump you off into the Honanki Ruins parking area. You go head back to Sedona or visit the ruins, whatever you decide, have fun and be safe.

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