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Wilson Mtn Overnight (Coming Soon)

Highlights

  • BIG red rock Sedona views
  • Option to backpack or have portered
  • Stunning views of Oak Creek Canyon
  • Amazing geology & unique volcanic features
  • Beautiful camp on overlooking Sedona
  • Wonderful sunset dinner
  • The clearest night sky you've ever seen

Description

Wilson Mountain is Sedona’s highest point - 7,122 feet above sea level - and home to towering Ponderosa Pine trees overlooking spectacular views of Red Rock Country! This trip to the top of Wilson Mountain is an opportunity for private groups, families, couples, and individuals to leave the crowded streets of Sedona behind and venture out on a secluded and scenic 1-night backcountry adventure in Red Rock Country (backpacking or portered)! A great add-on experience to a longer stay in Sedona, or a worthy stand-alone experience, this tour is fantastic for folks interested in a unique take on Sedona, who appreciate amazing views, and who want to challenge themselves on a relatively demanding hike.
Offered as a backpacking or portered trip, we give you the option to carry your belongings (25-30 lb backpacks) or for porters to carry the weight while you hike with a light daypack (~10 lbs). Either way we'll pick you up from your hotel in Sedona, hike to the top of beautiful Wilson Mountain where we'll soak up stunning views of the surrounding canyons, buttes, and rock formations surrounding Sedona. We'll enjoy a gourmet backcountry dinner, relaxing evening with stories about Sedona as our entertainment and a peaceful night's sleep under Northern Arizona's famous "dark skies." On the second day we'll enjoy a relaxing morning, feast of a breakfast, and a leisurely hike out on a different trail than what we hiked on Day 1.

Give us a call today at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request more information or book a spot on this trip!
Wildland Trekking is a permitee of the USFS, Red Rock Ranger District.


Please note: We are waiting for official approval from the Forest Service to begin running these trips (we have verbal confirmation but not official approval.) Unfortunately these trips cannot run until we have approval.
Click here to have a detailed PDF information packet emailed to you, or request a reservation today. You can also call us at 800-715-HIKE.

 

Photos of Sedona

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Hiking Mileage: 4-6 miles
Elevation Gain: 2250 feet


This overnight Sedona hiking and camping trip begins with pick up at your hotel in Sedona, then breakfast at the picnic area near the trailhead. We'll take some time to fit our packs and arrange any of our gear that may need it. Then we'll start our ascent of Wilson Mountain, the highest point in Sedona at 7,122 feet! Don’t be fooled by the smaller mileage on this trip as the elevation gain and rewarding panoramas are the real accomplishment here!

The ecosystem is lush, with tall, deciduous and coniferous trees. Towering red and white sandstone spires protrude from the mountainside and provide stunning views as we ascend to the summit of Wilson Mountain. 

We will reach the summit and have lunch overlooking Sedona while we set up camp (or our porters do it for us) and relax. There is an option for an afternoon, shorter but very worthwhile 2-3 hike to the North Canyon Overlook if we so desire.

We will have a wonderful sunset dinner at our campsite, prepared by your guide, and rest under the night sky in this spectacular high desert environment above Sedona.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 4.5 miles
Elevation Loss/Gain: 2250 feet


We'll start our morning with hot coffee and a big breakfast, as today will be our hike down the south side of Wilson Mountain. We (or our porters) will pack up camp, load up backpacks and then we will all set off down the trail for a little over a mile before reaching the junction that will lead us towards famous Midgley Bridge below. This trail and side of Wilson Mountain is so different from the first day, it will almost feel like we are on a totally different adventure! With less tree coverage, we continue to have expansive views of Sedona, Wilson Canyon and Oak Creek Canyon as we hike off our towering desert summit.

We will get picked up at the finishing trailhead, shuttle back into Sedona proper and bring you to your local accommodations. There we will say goodbye to our fun, one-night adventure below the stars and atop Sedona's highest mountain!


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and technical backpack
  • Use of trekking poles and Microspike Crampons if necessary (in winter)
  • Porters to carry gear in/out and set up/break down camp (portered option only)
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Sedona hiking guide
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Sedona, Arizona to the trailhead and back
  • National Forest recreation passes
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty or Big Agnes tents
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Cooking stoves and cookware
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are three 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 48 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

This trip originates in Sedona. Your guide will be in contact approximately 10 days before the trip start date to coordinate the pre-trip orientation, which will be at 5:00 PM at a hotel in Sedona. We're happy to give you a ride to this meeting if you're staying at one of our recommended hotels. Your guide will then pick you up at your hotel the next morning for transport to the trailhead. For Private Sedona Tours your guide will meet you at your hotel in Sedona at an agreed upon time.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.


Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day's pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time).


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The maximum group size on this trip is 6 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Weather in Sedona

Sedona is at 4500 feet elevation, which is considered high desert. It tends to be the most comfortable in Spring and Fall, but Summer and Winter are not extreme and are still great times to hike Sedona. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). Read below for average high and low temperatures in the Sedona area:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
         
 
Month
Low
Hi
 
 
January
33°
58°
 
 
February
35°
61°
 
 
March
38°
66°
 
 
April
44°
74°
 
 
May
52°
84°
 
 
June
60°
93°
 
 
July
66°
96°
 
 
August
65°
94°
 
 
September
60°
88°
 
 
October
50°
78°
 
 
November
39°
66°
 
 
December
32°
57°