Schnebly Hill Trail No. 158

Area Status: Open

The Schnebly Hill Trail climbs moderately and steadily up the west face of Schnebly Hill following the original alignment of Schnebly Hill Road. There are some magnificent red rock views for the first 0.75 miles which is unshaded. The trail enters partial shade and at 1.25 miles, where the roadbed turns sharply to the left, take the trail on the right which is signed "Munds, Jacks, Hot Loop". It climbs moderately in shade for nearly 0.75 mile, passing through 2 cattle gates, and emerging on a large, open expanse near Committee Tank.

There are several overlooks offering great views of Munds Mountain, Bear Wallow Canyon and the red rock formations beyond. The trail is level for the next quarter mile and then descends to a saddle separating Schnebly Hill and Munds Mountain at the head of Jacks Canyon. More nice views. Just before reaching the saddle, there is a signed trailhead on the left for Hot Loop. Continue down another 150 yards where there are two more signed trailheads. The Jacks Canyon Trail leads down to the left.

Schnebly Hill Trail ends at a junction with Munds Mountain Trail #77, Jacks Canyon Trail #55, and Hot Loop Trail #95, providing opportunities to extend your adventure in Munds Mountain Wilderness.

At a Glance

Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Light-Medium
Closest Towns: Sedona, AZ
Operated By: Red Rock District - 928-203-2900

General Information


Location: 31 miles south of Flagstaff in scenic Red Rock Country.

Access: From the junction of Routes 89A and 179, take 179 south 0.3 miles. Turn left on Schnebly Hill Road just past the Oak Creek Bridge and go 5 miles (0.6 miles beyond the winter closure gate) to a turnout on the left. Park here and walk 100 yards down the road to the signed trailhead for Schnebly Hill Trail on the east side. Schnebly Hill Rd. is a jeep road. High clearance required. Four wheel drive strongly recommended.

GPS (Map): 34°53'22.6"N 111°42'11.4"W



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Schnebley Hill and Munds Mountain Trails Map


General Notes:

Length: 1.1 miles

Rating: Strenuous

Hiking Time: Allow 4 hours round-trip


  • Bicycles are welcome on Schnebly Hill Trail only to the Wilderness boundary. Bicycles are prohibited in the Wilderness. Please control your speed at all times and be prepared to stop quickly. Expect to find someone on the trail around every corner. Remember, it is the cyclist's responsibility to yield to all other trail users.
  • Launching or landing a drone within a Wilderness Area is prohibited by federal law.
  • Livestock (horses) not recommended on Munds Mountain Trail due to steep vertical drops.
  • Please stay on the trail to help protect fragile soils and plants and to preserve the area's natural splendor.

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1.1 miles

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  Elevation : 
5591 at Schnebley Hill Trailhead