Mescal Trail

NOTE: The following summary information is to help with hike selection and is not intended to be used for hiking the trail. For your safety and enjoyment, please obtain a copy of Sedona Hiking Guide which is available here.

Summary: A hike skirting the base of Mescal Mountain with great views and the opportunity to hike a loop

Challenge Level:  Moderate

Hiking Distance:  From the parking lot to the intersection of the Deadman Pass Trail and return 4.8 miles; hiking the loop using the Long Canyon Trail 5.0 miles

Trailhead Location: The parking area is located on Long Canyon Road. The trail begins across the road.

Description:  The Mescal Trail is an adopted mountain bike trail that goes along the south and west side of Mescal Mountain. It is very narrow in spots so don't attempt if large fall-offs are a problem for you. And don't attempt if there is snow or ice on the trail. When you circle around to the north side of Mescal Mountain you'll descend about 85 feet and intersect the Deadman Trail. Turn around here and retrace your steps. Or, turn right on Deadman and hike about 1 mile to the Long Canyon Trail. Turn right on Long Canyon Trail and hike back to Long Canyon Road. Turn right and hike back to the parking area for a 5 mile hike.

Here's a link to a video of the hike around the loop (


Click on the photos below for a bigger view


For those of you who have a GPS unit, I have GPS data available for the hike which include "tracks," the route and waypoints.


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Last Updated March 31, 2021
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