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Sedona offers world’s most scenic hiking trails

There are plenty of reasons to make hiking part of a daily activity routine in 2015. With Sedona as the backdrop, visitors will rush to the illustrious trails spanning the red rock terrain, with jaw-dropping views of Sedona’s landscape and topography. Taking advantage of the backdrop, mountain-goers can bask in the sunshine while keeping their resolutions to be fit in the new year.

The perfect way to jump start a healthy routine is with an unforgettable experience, and Sedona promises just that. There are a few off-the-beaten-path trails that are not only breathtaking, but also range in difficulty for someone just starting out, or experienced pros looking for the next great challenge. These trails offer options ranging from biking and trail running to horseback riding and climbing and much more.

With hidden gems and tried-true favorites, there’s something for everyone looking to explore. A local favorite, “The Crack,” can be found at the end of Bell Trail. By branching off the main trail, hikers are led to a swim hole with several places to jump off small cliffs into glistening pools of water. This destination is a favorite for locals, with great spots for pictures. These treasures and more are just a few of the wonders that await you, in addition to the ones below.

V-Bar-V (West Clear Creek)

Difficulty: Novice

Location: The trailhead is located near the V-Bar-V Heritage Site, which is southeast along Beaver Creek Road to the west of the I17.

Description: As one of the shortest trails, just spanning a one-mile round trip, the V-Bar-V Trail should not be underestimated. In addition to its ease, it also provides amazing views and petroglyph sights from the Sinaqua culture and the V-Bar-V Heritage Site.

Deadman’s Pass Trail

Difficulty: Novice

Location: The trailhead begins at the intersection of Boynton Canyon Road and Boynton Pass Road, just a couple miles north of the 89A.

Description: This trail features easy walking on open trails next to the wilderness’ canyon, between the Long Canyon Trail and the Boynton Canyon Trail. The trail also features single-track riding over some of the rocks along the path.

Jim Thompson Trail

Difficulty: Medium

Location: This trail can be hiked from the Wilson Canyon trailhead, the Jordan Park trailhead or along the road past the Midgely Bridge parking area.

Description: As a 6-mile round-trip trail, the path passes through a cattle gate, becoming more narrow and shaded as it descends into Mormon Canyon. At the bottom, the trail turns into Brin’s Mesa Trail, just north of the Jordan Road trailhead, with certain sections of the trail requiring moderate climbing.

Cibola Pass

Difficulty: Medium

Location: The trailhead is located just north of the Jordan Park subdivision, a couple miles north of the 89A and Airport Road.

Description: Cibola Pass is a connector trail between the southern end of Brin’s Mesa Trail and the Jordan Trail, which passes through backwoods for views of the Mitten Rock Formation and leads visitors to the Seven Sacred Pools, a series of descending creek bed pools.

Loy Canyon

Difficulty: Hard

Location: Exiting on Dry Creek Road off the 89A, visitors will follow Dry Creek Road west 13 miles until arriving at the trailhead.

Description: With an elevation change of 1,700 feet, and spanning 10 miles round trip, this trail is reserved for adrenaline junkies and challenge seekers. The trail completes a 1,680-foot climb to a high saddle that overlooks the Secret Mountain mesa, with stunning views of the landscape to be appreciated at the top.

Jackrabbit Trail

Maricopa County gets three miles of new trails

The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department recently completed construction of three-miles of new trails along the Maricopa Trail. This segment of trails connects the southeast corner of White Tank Mountain Regional Park to the Jackrabbit Trail Park and Ride in Buckeye. Combined with previously built, but disconnected portions of the trail, this opening creates an eight-mile portion of the Maricopa Trail for hikers, equestrians and mountain bike enthusiasts.

“Most of the work was completed by a County contractor. However, this March, the Arizona Professional Land Surveyors celebrated National Surveyor’s Week by assigning volunteers to lay out the trail for the contractor. Three private land surveying firms, Wilson & Company, Hoskin Ryan Consultants, and Bowman Consulting, all sent surveyors and volunteers to help with this effort,” said Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek, District 3.

In addition to the surveying work, Case New Holland supplied equipment and personnel to complete extensive earthwork, and culvert placement that was required before the departments’ contractor could build the trail.

“This is exciting news,” commented Supervisor Clint Hickman, District 4. “I’m a big supporter of the Maricopa Trail, and it’s great to see the excellent progress that is being made on it, especially through partnerships and volunteer efforts.”

The Maricopa Trail was authorized by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in 2004, and is approximately 60 percent complete. When completed, the Maricopa Trail will be approximately 240-miles in length winding around the Valley connecting all of Maricopa County’s regional parks together.

“Nobody can do everything alone but collectively we can do a great deal to enhance the landscape of Arizona. Hoskin Ryan has always believed in giving back to the community and the people who make this state one of a kind,” said Marketing and Business Development Manager for Hoskin Ryan Consulting Kristina Locke.

In conjunction with National Surveyor’s Week, Mike Franks, a Survey Chief of Parties and Michael Banta RLS, Survey Manager at Hoskin Ryan volunteered time and provided survey services by staking a portion of a new piece of the Maricopa Trail that will connect the trail to the White Tanks Regional Park. The Maricopa Trail is encompassed within one of the largest regional park systems in the nation. Maricopa County has over 120,000 acres of open space parks, which include hundreds of miles of campgrounds, trails, nature centers and desert views. Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department’s vision is to connect residents and visitors with nature, cultivate an appreciation for the Sonoran Desert’s natural beauty, and create positive lasting memories.

The new trail segment may be accessed from White Tank Mountain Regional Park. Maps for completed segments of the regional trail system can be found at http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/MaricopaTrail/. Individuals and agencies interested in donating their time and expertise to the trail system are asked to contact the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department.

Grand Canyon Google

Google maps now include Grand Canyon trails

Google is giving people a way to virtually hike the Grand Canyon.

The search giant released images Thursday that map the most popular trails at the park’s South Rim and other walkways.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company used a rosette of cameras mounted for the first time on a backpack to gather thousands of panoramic images last year.

The so-called trekker captured images every 2.5 seconds, showing the steep switchbacks of the Bright Angel Trail, the change from juniper trees to scrub brush and the Colorado River.

Google has said it wants to deploy the backpacks to other national parks and forests, and to ancient ruins and castles.

The company also has used tricycles, push carts and snowmobiles to map places where vehicles cannot travel.