|Name: Doe Mountain Trail 60||Author's Rating:|
|Author: Matt Marine||Avg. User Rating:|
|Type: Hike||Difficulty: (an easy medium)|
|Time: 1 - 3 hours||Region: NW Arizona|
|Length: 2 miles (out and back), 1.5 miles if you only go to the top||Elevation gain/loss/change: +686 / -253 ft / + 433 ft|
|Type: Out and back||Avg Elevation: 4800 ft|
|Best time to go: fall, spring, winter||Fees: Requires Red Rock Pass. These can be purchased at any Ranger station, kiosks, Circle K's and many other stores in Sedona or Oak Creek.|
|Fitness rating: Medium||Educational Merit: Low|
|Danger/fear rating: Medium||Scenic Beauty: High|
|Hours of Operation: Area is only open certain hours - verify before going||Last updated: April, 2010|
|Short Description: A short steep climb to a flat mesa with awesome views.|
|Geocaches: Tons of cool geocaches around. Here's just a few. Gina's Birthday Cache; Doodle's Cache|
|References / Contact Information: Coconino National Forest; Great Sedona Hikes|
|Points of interest: Doe Mountain, views in every compass direction!|
|Special Considerations: Popular trail, can be crowded at times. Requires Red Rock Pass. These can be purchased at any Ranger station, kiosks, Circle K's and many other stores in Sedona or Oak Creek.|
|How to get there: The trailhead (Waypoint 001) is near the end of the pavement on Boynton Pass Road. There’s a parking area on the south side of the road. You can also access Bear Mountain trail from here. Take Dry Creek Road out of Sedona, then north on Boynton Canyon Road and finally a left of Boynton Pass Road. Click here for directions.|
This is a beautiful and short hike that climbs up Doe Mountain on the northwest side of Sedona. What makes this a cool hike is that you can easily explore the relatively flat top of the mesa and get awesome views of the surrounding area in all directions (though not at the same time).
The views at the top of the mesa are awesome, but this trail can be busy, though you can find a spot at the top to sit down, hang your feet off a precipice where you’re all by yourself.
Doe Mountain is a short, but steep hike to the top of a relatively flat mesa. The trail switchbacks up the side of the mountain and drops you off to explore the top of the mesa.
From the parking area, take the Doe Mountain trail to the south and begin climbing up the mountain. After a short time, you will begin traversing the switchbacks. For the most part, these aren’t too steep, but you might have to catch your breath a few times on the way up.
Before long, you’ll be at Waypoint002 and the top of the mesa.
From here, all sorts of smaller trails branch out in all directions. Go explore. Find a secluded spot where you can sit down on the edge of the precipice and dangle your feet in the air (if you dare). It’s nice to sit there, relax, breath in the pure air and enjoy Sedona’s beauty. Just make sure you remember where the trail starts down. It can be a little difficult to find from above.
One of the best things about this trail is hiking to all the different compass directions and seeing the different views. I loved this! When you’re finished, find your way back to Waypoint002 and head back down.
Have fun and be safe!
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