Wilson Mtn Overnight

Sedona, AZ

Trip Highlights

  • BIG Red Rock Views
  • Amazing Geology & Volcanic Features
  • Wonderful Sunset Dinner
  • Views of Oak Creek Canyon
  • Beautiful Camp Overlooking Sedona
  • Dramatic Night Skies

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! 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.

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. Make the most of your visit to Northern Arizona on this overnight Sedona adventure!

Wildland Trekking is a permitee of the USFS, Red Rock Ranger District.


Need to Know: Waste

The public agencies that oversee this region require that everyone pack out all solid waste, including human waste. We provide resources and training to make this manageable and efficient. However, if you’d rather embark on a trip in this region where that isn’t required, we recommending checking out our Grand Canyon backpacking trips.

2 Days
$330-$700 Per Person
WILSON MOUNTAIN SLIDING SCALE  

WILSON MOUNTAIN SLIDING SCALE

This trip is priced on a sliding scale depending on the number of people in your group. The rates are as follows:

PRIVATE RATES

  • 2 people: $700 per person
  • 3 people: $535 per person
  • 4 people: $440 per person
  • 5 people: $390 per person
  • 6 people: $330 per person
Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Guided Backpacking Trip
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-10 Guests
Trip Length: 2 Days
Distance: 10MI / 16KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3

Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult

Backpack Weight:
25-30 lbs
Daily Hiking Distances:
4-6 miles
Most Elevation Loss:
2250 feet
Most Elevation Gain:
2250 feet
Quality of Trails:
Maintained
Additional:
This trip follows well maintained rock and dirt trails. Wilson Mountain requires significant elevation gain (2250′) over a relatively short distance (4-6 miles), which is what earns this trip a Difficulty 3.

Participants should:

  1. be active and healthy
  2. exercise several times per week
  3. be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles per day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 25-pound backpack

SOLITUDE LEVEL 3

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Sedona area backpacking trip Solitude Level 3, which means we can expect hours of solitude at a time. The evenings and mornings provide us the unique and enriching experience of having Sedona’s phenomenal red rock country all to ourselves!

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ARIZONA SHUTTLE

Groome Transportation makes 13 dependable trips daily each direction between Phoenix and Sedona. The duration is 1 hour and 45 minutes. They pickup/drop off at Sky Harbor Airport and the Metro Center in Phoenix, and in Sedona they will drop you off and/or pick you up at your hotel for a small additional fee.

There is no shuttle service from Las Vegas to Sedona.

CAR RENTAL
Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas have fantastic car rental facilities that are easily accessible and host a great variety of companies. We recommend checking Priceline.com as well for especially good deals.

The drive time from Phoenix to Sedona is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. From Las Vegas it is approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes.

ARIZONA EXECUTIVE TRANSPORT
Arizona Executive Transport offers private, reliable SUV service between Phoenix and Sedona. This option is best if you’re traveling in a group of 3 or 4. As Wildland Trekking guests, your one-way cost for up to 4 passengers is discounted. Simply type “Wildland Trekking Company” in the Discount Code Box at the bottom of the online registration page. The discount varies depending on the time of year. You can go to http://www.arizonaexecutivellc.com to make your reservations online.

PRIVATE TRIPS

This trip is offered as a private trip only and is priced on a sliding scale depending on the number of people in your group. The rates are as follows:

PRIVATE RATES

  • 2 people: $700 per person
  • 3 people: $535 per person
  • 4 people: $440 per person
  • 5 people: $390 per person
  • 6 people: $330 per person
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ITINERARY

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 access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

This tour is booked on a custom basis for private groups so does not have set dates (requested dates are almost always available). Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to schedule your hike!

Don't see your dates? Call us! We may be able to add new trip dates.

800-715-HIKE (4453)

Trip Details

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)
  • 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 (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

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
  • Emergency communication device(s)

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

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. 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.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here 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 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

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 the morning of Day 1 in Sedona. After the orientation we will transport the group to the trailhead to begin our hike.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Start/End Times

Generally, you can expect the first day’s rendezvous to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. Your guide will specify this time when they contact you approximately 10 days before the trip. 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.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

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 1-800-715-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)

MonthLowHi
January33°58°
February35°61°
March38°66°
April44°74°
May52°84°
June60°
93°
July66°96°
August65°
94°
September60°88°
October50°78°
November39°66°
December32°57°

Accommodations

Accommodations

Backcountry Sleeping

Tent Camping

Sleeping on backpacking trips is in premier 1-person, 2-person or 4-person backcountry tents. Solo travelers, and anyone else who requests it, are issued single tents. Top-of-the-line self-inflating sleeping pads and sleeping bags (professionally laundered after every trip) are also provided.

Backcountry Cuisine

Fresh & Delicious

Meals from breakfast Day 1 through lunch the last day are fully included and prepared by your guide. We never use dehydrated backpacking meals, instead serving freshly prepared, delicious backcountry cuisine made with a variety of common and specialty ingredients that travel well in the wilderness.

Amazing Campsites

In the Action

Of course campsites vary tremendously by destination, trip and even by the individual day of a trip. However, you can expect to camp in beautiful areas that put you right in the action to make the most of your backpacking adventure. We carefully design our itineraries with campsites in mind.

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