East Buzzard Ridge

Total Miles
3.7

Elevation

2124.07 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

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Trail Overview

East Buzzard Ridge trail (FS RD 792) is a scenic point-to-point trail under the Ponderosa pines of the Coconino National Forest northwest of Sedona, AZ. The trail, which can be accessed by most vehicles, does not offer much as far as technicality, but does offer several viewpoints of the surrounding Oak Creek Canyon, which is beautiful, and views of the San Francisco peaks in the distance. This area makes for a nice escape from the desert heat during the summer as the ridges lie at nearly 7000 feet of elevation. However, the route may be impassable come winter due to snow. Wildlife is abundant in the area. You'll likely see mule deer, elk, squirrels, birds, and maybe even a bear sighting. Cows also roam the area so be on the lookout. Mobile service is spotty at best. As always, be a steward of our public lands and national forests; observe Tread Lightly! and Leave No Trace principles and have fun.

Difficulty

Easy

Technical Rating

2

Access Description

East Buzzard Ridge trail can be accessed by two routes. From I-40, navigate to the Edge of the World trail (FS RD 231) and continue for roughly 23.5 miles towards the East Pocket Knob. Turn left for East Buzzard Ridge (FS RD 792). Or, from scenic Highway 89A, access Fry Park trail. Continue on Fry Park and then on to the Backward Tank Trail. Turn left to access the Edge of the World trail and follow until turning left onto East Buzzard Ridge (FS RD 792).