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    Posted by at January 17th
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    HOUSE MOUNTAIN VOLCANO via TURKEY CREEK TRAIL

    Coconino National Forest, Sedona

    view from the top


    on the rim of House Mountain volcano

    Unlike the name implies, turkeys and creeks are rare sights along this route. Yet, for what this trail lacks in terms of running water and wild fowl–it more than makes up for in scenery and geological interest. The trek starts out on a wide, closed road with numerous unmarked junctions and side paths. To stay on track, be sure to follow the piles of rocks wrapped in wire known as “basket cairns”. If you loose your way, just backtrack to the last cairn and spot the next one to correct your bearings. At roughly the 1.5-mile point, the trail passes Turkey Tank, a tiny cottonwood-ringed oasis. From here, the route begins its gradual climb along a juniper and cypress shaded path to the rim of House Mountain volcano. On the way up, views of Red Rock country get progressively better with the piece de resistance occurring on a scenic saddle where views of Sedona, Mingus Mountain and the gaping, eroded volcanic vent collide for an overwhelming carnival of visual delights.

    Turkey Creek Trail


    LENGTH: 7 miles out-and-back
    RATING: moderate
    ELEVATION: 4,000 – 5,100 feet
    DISTANCE FROM PHOENIX: 125 miles one-way
    FEE: a Red Rock Pass is required—$5 daily fee per vehicle.

    GETTING THERE: From Phoenix, go north on I-17 to the Sedona exit 298—located just north of Camp Verde. Turn left and follow AZ 179 to Verde Valley School Road—this turnoff (part of a traffic circle) will be on the left past milepost 306—the street sign is difficult to see when traveling north. Go west on Verde Valley School Road 4 miles to Forest Road 9216B where there’s a sign for Turkey Creek trailhead. From here, the road degrades from decent dirt to a rut-and-pot-hole riddled mess. However, just before the road turns bad, there’s a small parking area for those driving low-slung sedans. Park here and hike another half-mile to the signed trailhead. Those with high-clearance vehicles may opt to drive this miserable last half-mile to the parking circle.
     

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    Bio: Serial blogger, manic hiker and “mom” to a dozen adopted dogs, Mare Czinar has been exploring Arizona trails for more than 20 years. After being led astray (or just plain confused) by outdated hiking books and online resources (hence the tagline: We got lost, so you don’t have to), Czinar sought to create a fully vetted, frequently updated online hike travelogue with current driving and hiking directions to spare fellow hikers the mental and physical wear-and-tear of aimless wandering. In addition, blog entries are amended when road closures or wildfires restrict trail access. When not working, blogging, writing about the great outdoors or picking up dog poo, Czinar attempts to “stay found” while checking out new trails.


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