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Sedona, AZ

Day Hiking / Base Camping

Apr 15 - Apr 22, 2018 -- $1350 ★

Trip Description

Sedona's jaw-dropping red rock beauty makes it a life-list destination not only for adventure travelers such as yourself, but for just about everyone including the people that marvel at your intrepidness for undertaking a week-long trip. Sedona's savagely beautiful and varied ecosystem can freeze you at night and warm you the next day. Whether it's the dominating presence of monolithic red rock formations, endless stretches of towering Ponderosa Pine Forests or the ubiquitous spiritual vortices, Sedona (part of the Coconino National Forest) has it.

We will be visiting this visually stunning hiking wonderland just as the temperate Spring unfolds. It's prime time to visit, so why not join us to see a wonderful place and jump start your fitness level?

Our trek will begin in Phoenix. We'll shuttle up to Sedona and set up camp in a front country campground complete with bathhouses, fire rings and picnic tables. Every day, we conquer another beautiful day-hike to give you a varied perspective of the area. One day will be devoted to visiting various vortices (for those that subscribe to them) and on another day, we'll shuttle up to Flagstaff for a Full Adult Adventure Course at Flagstaff Extreme Adventures (American Ninja Warrior hopefuls take note). It all adds up to an unforgettable excursion.


Weather is always an important concern when hiking. Spring is the ideal time to visit Sedona. Expect daytime hiking temperatures into the 70s & 80s and nighttime temperatures to be really cold -- in the 30s & 40s, though it may reach the 90s during the day and the 20s at night. Here are the historical weather averages Expect sunny, fair weather, but be prepared for the possibility of dry, frigid nights.

Trip Leaders

Deb Lusk
Julie Quibodeaux


$1350 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a hotel room with another trip participant. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Phoenix, AZ (PHX) as well as personal equipment, any restaurant meals and gratuities for guides.

Covered expenses include 2 hotel night, 5 front country campground nights, 6 days of trail meals, Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course, ground transportation, permits, fees and 2 awesome guides.


Although the trails can be somewhat rugged, our hiking distances that are not overly aggressive. Furthermore, our hikes are day-hikes carrying relatively small amounts of weight. However, expect to carry at least 4 liters (8 pounds) of water to ensure that you're hydrated. Elevation changes are fairly moderate, making this trip both fun and good for beginners.


This trip is day-hiking / base camping only.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Fly or drive into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). The best time to arrive is between Noon-3PM, but if you can save a significant amount by arriving a few hours earlier or later, then do so.

Take the free airport shuttle to Baymont Inn & Suites Tempe Phoenix Airport, 808 North Scottsdale Road, Tempe, AZ. 85281, 480-858-9898

Equipment shakedown

Distribution of trail mix (make your own from our ingredients)

"Before" body composition measurements taken

Trip to REI Tempe, 1405 W Southern Ave, for forgotten or last minute equipment

Go out for dinner at a local restaurant. Cost of dinner not included in trip cost.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Second set of before body composition measurements taken

All the items that you won't bring on the trail will be set aside and put in storage.

Free breakfast at hotel

Shuttle 3 hours to Sedona

Start hiking at Doe Mountain Trailhead, elevation 4620'

Hike 0.6 steep uphill miles to Doe Mountain, elevation 5030'

Hike 0.6 steep downhill miles to Doe Mountain Trailhead, elevation 4620'

Short shuttle to Fay Canyon, elevation 4590'

Hike 2.6 round trip miles to the end of Fay Canyon, elevation 4850'

Shuttle to Cave Springs Campground

Set up base camp, sites TBD

Camp at Cave Springs Campground

Miles today: 3.8. Total miles: 3.8

Bailout: Route 89A

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Shuttle to Brin's Mesa Trailhead, Forest Rd 152, elevation 4640'

Hike 1.5 slightly uphill miles to trail intersection, elevation 4930'

Hike 2.0 more miles on Brin's Mesa to Jim Thompson trailhead, elevation 4520'

Hike 0.6 miles via Cibola Pass to a trail intersection, elevation 4520'

Hike 0.5 miles via Devil's Kitchen to a trail intersection, elevation 4510'

Hike 1.7 miles via Soldier Pass to a trail intersection, elevation 4930'

Hike 1.5 slightly downhill miles back to the starting trailhead, elevation 4640'

Camp at Cave Springs Campground

Miles today: 7.8. Total miles: 11.6

Possible bailout: FR 152, FR 633

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Vortex Day

Visit Airport Vortex

Optional: Hike 3.3 mile loop around airport

Visit Cathedral Rock Vortex

Start hiking at trailhead, elevation 4040'

Hike 1.7 miles to Cathedral Rock, elevation 4964'

Hike 1.7 miles back to trailhead, elevation 4040''

Visit Bell Rock Vortex

Optional: Hike 3.4 mile loop around Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte

Camp at Cave Springs Campground

Miles today: 10.2. Total miles: 21.8

Possible bailout: Airport, Route 179

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Start hiking at Oak Spring Trailhead, elevation 5320'. Oak Creek features a completely different eco-system than what we've experienced.

Hike 3.3 miles up the West Fork of Oak Creek, elevation 5480'

Hike 3.3 miles back to Oak Spring Trailhead, elevation 5320'

Camp at Cave Springs Campground

Miles today: 6.6. Total miles: 28.4

Possible bailout: Route 89A

Friday, April 20, 2018

Shuttle to Flagstaff for Flagstaff Extreme Adventures for a full adult course. This is where you can start your training for American Ninja Warrior!

Camp at Cave Springs Campground

Miles today: 0.0. Total miles: 28.4

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Begin Hiking at Cookstove Trailhead, elevation 5500'

Hike 0.6 steep miles to a view at 6320'

Hike 0.6 miles back down to the trailhead, elevation 5500'

Shuttle to Harding Spring Trailhead, elevation 5440'

Hike 0.8 steep uphill miles to Harding Spring with somewhat of a view, elevation 6190'

Hike 0.8 steep downhill miles to the Harding Spring Trailhead, 5440'

Break Camp. Pack everything into shuttle vehicle(s)

Miles today: 2.8. Total miles: 31.2

Possible bailout: Forest Rd. 152C

Shuttle back to Phoenix and check into Drury Inn & Suites Airport - Phoenix, 3333 E University Dr, Phoenix, AZ, 85034, 602-437-8400

"After" body composition measurements taken

Dinner and Awards Ceremony (Dinner not included in trip cost).

This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Free Hotel Breakfast

Take free airport shuttle

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