Saturday, September 8, 2012

Airport Loop - Sedona

Airport Loop Hike
Sedona, Arizona
Mileage - 3.5
Time - 1:25
AEG - 463ft

I generally wouldn't write about a hike of this nature, though I'm beginning to realize not everyone enjoys spending all day exploring the most rugged backcountry peaks in the Southwest.  Such a strange concept, I know. 

Anyways, what makes this 3.5 mile loop around the base of the airport so unique?  You get to see the best of Sedona without much effort.  Really, it doesn't get much better than this.  Drive one mile up Airport Road, park at the trailhead and decide which direction you'd like to begin the hike.  Since we arrived in the evening, Brittney and I chose a clockwise loop that would put us on the West side at sunset.  The views are stunning, and you get to see all the famous landmarks including Oak Creek Canyon (above), Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Thunder Mountain, and the list goes on.  This is the perfect loop for out-of-town visitors.  When you finish the hike, continue uphill to the Mesa Grill for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.


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