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Devil’s Bridge Hike Alternate Route

Use Chuck Wagon Trail as an Alternate Route to Devil’s Bridge

Sedona Devil's Bridge Chuck Wagon TrailSedona visitors wishing to hike the popular Devil’s Bridge Trail typically have to brave driving the FR 152 road which is supposed to be for high clearance vehicles only.  We see cars crawl along it all the time and wonder… “What are they thinking”?  Or people will park in the limited parking space and then hike the dirt road and they will watch all the people in their sedans brave the road and wonder… yep, “What are the thinking”?  There have been improvements to the newer Chuck Wagon trail which is an easy to moderate hike and can easily access the Devil’s Bridge trail head.  It’s slightly shorter at 1.2 miles, far less congested and much more scenic than hiking the road FR 152.  Plus as an added bonus, there is a larger parking area at the Chuck Wagon Trail trail head.

So here’s how to get to Chuck Wagon trail.  From Dry Creek Road, turn right on to Long Canyon Rd. and go .3 miles to the Chuck Wagon Trail Head.  The parking lot is on the right hand side and shared with Mescal Trail Head access road.

Hike out of the parking lot for .2 miles where the Chuck Wagon trail forks, STAY LEFT (Heading right adds 1.4 miles before the trail ends at the intersection of Lizard Head and Girdner trails).

After staying left at the fork, hike 1 mile and you will see a trail going off to the right at the sign “To Devil’s Bridge”.  Simply follow it for .1 mile to Devil’s Bridge Trail Head off the FR 152.

A big thank you to Mr. Jim Wilson FOF Volunteer for giving us this info, we really enjoyed this version of the hike and wanted to share it with everyone!  If you visit the Sedona visitors center ask for him, he is very friendly and very knowledgeable about hiking in Sedona.

See you on the Bridge!

 

Sedona Slide Fire: USFS 5-22-14 Afternoon Update

Slide Fire: USFS 5-22-14 Afternoon Update
Posted Date: 5/22/2014
A community meeting will be held this evening at 6 p.m. at the Sinagua Middle School in Flagstaff.

Crews are continuing to hold the fire west of Highway 89A and south of Fry Canyon. Burnout operations have been conducted south of FSR 535 to create a larger fire break north east of the fire. Hotshot crews are also working to create fire line across the Pump House Wash near the 89A ‘switchbacks’ to control the east flank and prevent further spread east. Winds have become lighter today, with temperatures in the low 70s. As the day continues to warm, firefighters expect increased fire behavior, with the most active portion of the fire toward the northwest to Harding Point.

Heavy smoke is likely again in the greater Flagstaff area, Williams as well as Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon. Residents and motorists are asked to use caution as visibility may be limited at times.

For more information on road conditions and visibility visit Arizona Department of Transportation on Twitter: @arizonaDOT, on their 511 information page: http://www.az511.com you can call their information phone line at 1-888-411-7623

For information on air quality, please visit Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
at: http://phoenixvis.net/ppmmain.aspx

Law Enforcement is seeking any information the public may have regarding the start of the Slide Fire and anyone of suspicion in the area yesterday between Slide Rock State Park and Half Way Picnic Area. The public should call Forest Service Law Enforcement at 928-527-3511 if they have any information that might assist law enforcement in the investigation.

Closures:
• Highway 89A from Sedona to Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff
• Forest Road (FR) 535 at Highway 89A
• FR 533 at Highway 89A
• FR 231 at Rogers Lake
• FR 527 and 530 (west side; Volunteer Canyon area)
• Casner Mountain is closed to all vehicles

Evacuations: Evacuations remain in place in Oak Creek Canyon from Slide Rock State Park to Sterling Springs Hatchery. Pre-evacuation notice continues for residents of Kachina Village and Forest Highlands. Residents are advised to be prepared to evacuate. County Emergency Management encourages those in the affected neighborhoods to begin packing important items they may need for several days. These items include prescriptions, important papers, any special dietary needs and pets. No new evacuations are in place at this time.

Coconino County is reminding people to register their cellphone number with the County’s CodeRED emergency notification system at www.coconino.az.gov/emergency.  Only those residents whose numbers are registered will receive a direct phone call about any type of pre- or mandatory evacuation order.

Information will be updated on Inciweb as it becomes available: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3874/

Devils Bridge Sedona Video

Devils Bridge Sedona Arizona

Check out the footage from our Hike to Devil’s Bridge.

The video of our hike is only 3 minutes, be sure to watch at the end when the girl does something crazy… please do not attempt this.

 

Devil’s Bridge Hike in Sedona

A Visit to Devil’s Bridge is Worth the Effort!

During one of our trips to Sedona, we wanted to go for a hike to see Devil’s Bridge.  This is a natural land bridge that hovers over the edge of a canyon with over a 100 foot drop.  The hike to get to Devil’s Bridge is moderately strenuous and the final climb to the Bridge being accessed by natural rock steps that can be tough to navigate by those who are not in shape or have bad knees etc.  But if you are able to make it to the top and walk out to view the bridge it is WELL WORTH the effort.

Once you see this amazing natural land bridge your next thought is to hike over to it and walk out onto it.  This part is not for the feint of heart and there is no protection from the edge and the bridge gets thin towards the center.  But like clockwork people were hiking out there, standing for pictures and one girl was going to do a hand stand or some sort of yoga move while her friend took a picture.

This is a great hike and well worth the effort.  Devil’s Bridge parking is off Long Canyon Rd but there is also a forest service rd that cars were using but I would recommend a truck just because some cars were barely making it. It is certainly much less of a hike by using the forest road so to each their own.  I highly recommend Devil’s Bridge in Sedona.

During our last trip to Sedona, we wanted to go for a hike to see Devil's Bridge.  This is a natural land bridge that hovers over the edge of a canyon with over a 100 foot drop.  The hike to get to Devil's Bridge is moderately strenuous and the final climb to the Bridge being accessed by natural rock steps that can be tough to navigate by those who are not in shape or have bad knees etc.  But if you are able to make it to the top and walk out to view the bridge it is WELL WORTH the effort.    Once you see this amazing natural land bridge your next thought is to hike over to it and walk out onto it.  This part is not for the feint of heart and there is no protection from the edge and the bridge gets thin towards the center.  But like clockwork people were hiking out there, standing for pictures and one girl was going to do a hand stand or some sort of yoga move while her friend took a picture.    This is a great hike and well worth the effort.  Devil's Bridge parking is off Long Canyon Rd but there is also a forest service rd that cars were using but I would recommend a truck just because some cars were barely making it. It is certainly much less of a hike by using the forest road so to each their own.  I highly recommend Devil's Bridge in Sedona.

Devils Bridge Sedona Arizona