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Mescal Mountain Loop

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 4.5 (11) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great loop around Mescal Mountain.


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4.7

Miles

7.6

KM

97%

Runnable

4,703' 1,433 m

High

4,513' 1,376 m

Low

369' 113 m

Up

369' 112 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

This is a great loop for running or mountain biking! All skill levels will enjoy the run, but having some experience is needed if you want to explore by mountain bike.

Runner Notes

The trail is shared with hikers and mountain bikers.

Description

The Mescal Mountain Loop circles Mescal Mesa using three different trails. Park at the Mescal Trail parking area on Long Canyon Road.

The Mescal Trail is 2.4 miles long and winds up to the base of the mesa where it travels along beautiful, open slick rock. It is an easy run, but the trail is also open to mountain bikers. For them, the trail is rated difficult to moderate. There are a few difficulty options pointed out by signs along the trail. I really enjoyed this portion of the run because of the cliffs of Mescal Mesa and the surrounding Secret Mountain Wilderness of Sedona. It is very picturesque.

The Mescal Trail ends when it intersects with Deadmans Pass. By this time, you are now on the opposite side of Mescal Mountain. Turn right and follow the trail for about one mile. Deadmans Pass trail ends at when it intersects with the Long Canyon Trail.

When you reach the Long Canyon Trail, turn right. The trail travels through a section of desert not within the Secret Mountain Wilderness that surrounds it. To complete the loop, run the 1.1 mile section back to Long Canyon Road. You'll not be at the Mescal Mountain Trailhead but there is a 0.3-mile connector trail on the right that will take you back to the parking area.

In total, the loop is about 4.8 miles long and only gains about 500 vertical feet. I highly recommend this run!

Directions: From Route 89A in Sedona, turn right on Dry Creek Rd. Dry Creek Rd eventually becomes Boynton Pass Rd. At the first stop sign, turn right onto Long Canyon Rd. Parking for the Mescal Trail on the right, and the trail is on the opposite side of the street.

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Shared By:

John Maurizi

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  4.5 from 11 votes

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Mescal Trail
Oct 26, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
Mescal Trail
Oct 26, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
You'll get your fair share of visual stimulation on the trail around Mescal Mountain.
Apr 26, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
Mescal Mountain is quite the sight.
Apr 26, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
This portion of the trail along Mescal Mountain follows a slickrock tread.
Apr 26, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
Mescal follows along the foot of Mescal Mountain.
Apr 26, 2017 near West Se…, AZ

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Sep 8, 2020
Jay Salazar
May 17, 2019
Alicia Romano
Mar 27, 2019
Paul Adams
5mi
Jan 8, 2019
Jac Tolchin
So great I did the loop twice! 9mi — 2h 00m
Dec 26, 2018
John Danese
Great hike after drinking down from Grand Canyon. Could've hit the Boynton Vortex right from the trail, but we did that as a separate little walk a… 4.7mi
Nov 18, 2018
Alex Tilsley
4.7mi