Schnebly Hill Trail

Total Miles
11.1

Elevation

1,981.43 ft

Duration

2 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This 11.1-mile point-to-point trail takes you from the Verde Valley (Sedona) up to the Schnebly Hill Vista. You will pass through towering red rock buttes with a background of blue sky and green forest. The first 5 miles of this trail is a rough, bumpy road, that when dry is easily passable by high-clearance SUVs. At approximately 4 miles into the trail, you will reach a popular stop point of Merry-Go-Round Rock. This is an excellent spot to stop for a break and enjoy the views of Damfino Canyon. The trail from Merry-Go-Round Rock to I-17 is closed during the winter months (approximately December through April). Once you crest the vista, the trail becomes easier and is a maintained forest service road.

Difficulty

There are loose rocks and obstacles up to 12 inches in height.

History

Schnebly Hill Road started as the Munds Wagon Trail in the 1800s. Rancher Jim Munds created the trail to drive his cattle from Verde Valley to the pastures on the vista. In 1902, the trail was improved by J.J. Thompson, with funding from Coconino County, fruit growers, and ranchers in Sedona. 28 years later, in 1930 the existing Schnebly Hill Road was built.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

Patrick McCollum
Feb 09, 2024
4x4
Temporarily Closed
Weather Event
S C
Jan 25, 2024
2021 Toyota Land Cruiser
Open
Dallas McNab
Jan 21, 2024
SxS
Open
elijah eggers
Jan 05, 2024
4x4
Temporarily Closed
Seasonal Closure

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