Arizona Hiking Gallery
Wilson Mountain Hike
Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness, Sedona, AZ
May 18, 2008
Gallery contains 42 photos
Gallery last updated: 6/7/2008

This hike was about an 11 mile out and back hike from the Midgley Bridge Trailhead just north of Sedona and following the Wilson Mountain Trail up Wilson Mountain and then across to the northern edge of Wilson Mountain.

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A view of the red rock and imposing cliffs surrounding Wilson Canyon from early on the Wilson Mountain Trail.

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Bright red penstemon (Penstemon sp) flowers provides a splash of color.

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New Mexico Groundsel (Senecio Neomexicanus).

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As the trail climbs higher more of the cliffs around Wilson Canyon are revealed.

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Palmer's Penstemon (Penstemon palmeri).

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Purple Nightshade (Solanum xanti).

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The Brins Wildfire in June 2006 scorched much of the area on top and surrounding Wilson Mountain. These trees once provided a nice shady rest stop along a creek bed on the slopes of Wilson Mountain. The fire has provided a good environment for wildflowers.

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A view looking south across Oak Creek Canyon to the red rock formations beyond. Midgley Bridge, the trailhead location, can be seen at the center of this photo.

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Closeup of Palmer's Penstemon (Penstemon palmeri).

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Palmer's Penstemon.

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After about 25 years the Parry's Agave (Agave parryi) will send its one and only flower stalk skyward.

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The Parry's Agave buds will soon open into large clusters of yellow flowers.

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Woodhouse's Phlox (Phlox woodhousei).

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Goodding's Verbena (Glandularia gooddingii).

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Goodding's Verbena (Glandularia gooddingii).

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Barestem Larkspur (Delphinium scaposum).

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A pair of Mariposa Lilies (Calochortus nuttallii) also known as Sego Lilies on First Bench of Wilson Mountain.

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Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja sp.)

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This single Mariposa Lily was only one of many that were in bloom on First Bench.

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Parry's Agave (Agave parryi).

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The snow-capped San Francisco Peaks rise in the distance in this view to the north from the First Bench of Wilson Mountain.

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A trio of Mariposa Lilies.

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Large patches of Woodhouse's Phlox (Phlox woodhousei) were blooming on the upper slopes of Wilson Mountain.

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Shortsepal Lewisia (Lewisia brachycalyx) is also known as Short-sepal Bitter-root or Southwestern Lewisia. This particular flower has a yellowish center as compared to the pinkish center in the next photo.

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This Shortsepal Lewisia (Lewisia brachycalyx) has a pinkish center compared to the yellowish center in the previous photo.

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A strange tree atop Wilson Mountain.

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From the other side this appears to be two trees grown together.

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Endemic to Arizona, Lemmon's Star (Triteleia lemmonae) is a member of the lily family and grows among the ponderosa pines on Wilson Mountain.

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A view looking down on cliffs at the northern edge of Wilson Mountain.

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From the northern edge of Wilson Mountain looking into Oak Creek Canyon.

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From Wilson Mountain looking up Oak Creek Canyon and to the San Francisco Peaks beyond.

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Swallowtail sipping nectar from Western Wallflower (Erysimum capitatum).

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Woodhouse's Phlox (Phlox woodhousei)

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A view down to First Bench of Wilson Mountain and across Oak Creek Caynon.

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A view into Munds Canyon from just above First Bench of Wilson Mountain.

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Bright green leaves of new growth Gambel Oak (Quercus gambelii) as it tries to recover from the 2006 Brins Fire.

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Overlooking the red rock formations of Sedona just before the trail drops off of First Bench. Midgley Bridge and the trailhead can be seen at the lower right.

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A large bee searching for nectar on a New Mexico Thistle (Cirsium neomexicanum).

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A large bee searching for nectar on a New Mexico Thistle (Cirsium neomexicanum).

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A view from the Wilson Mountain Trail overlooking Steamboat Rock with Sedona behind it.

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A nice shady rest spot with a good view on the way down from the mountain.

All images Copyright ©2008 Terry Wright. All rights reserved.