Hot Loop Off-road 4x4 Trail is a collection of rocky forest roads that offers some moderate off-road challenges. It combines thick forest areas, meadows, rock-littered roads, primitive camping areas, and a handful of spots with amazing scenic views.
The name comes from the hiking trail of the same name that starts in Oak Creek and peaks at Jacks Canyon Road. A portion of Jacks Canyon Road is the Southern section of the Hot Loop Off-road 4x4 Trail. Jacks Canyon Road also heads further South, and can be explored as an optional side trail; unfortunately, it no longer goes through to The Village of Oak Creek, parallel to Hot Loop Hiking Trail.
Whether you are on an overland adventure through the area or staying for the weekend, if you want a great isolated camping spot, on top of Schnebly Hill, this is the place to be.
From Schnebly Hill road, you'll turn South onto FR 801 to start the Hot Loop Off-road 4x4 trail. While this trail is closed during winter months, it may still be muddy during other times of the year; especially after a heavy rain.
The Hot Loop Off-road 4x4 trail can only be accessed from Schnebly Hill Road.
From Sedona, you'll need to drive up to the Schnebly Hill Vista Overlook, where you can get on Hot Loop from the nearby 153A trailhead. Otherwise, you can continue down Schnebly Hill Road another 2.1 miles to the 801 forest road.
If you are coming from I-17, take the Schnebly Hill Road exit #320 and head West 3.6 miles to the 801 trail, or 5.6 miles to the 153A trail.
Either way, you'll want to air down and put your vehicle into 4-wheel-drive as soon as you get onto Schnebly Hill Road.
I attempted to take Hot Loop all the way around, but run into a couple of road blockages. The first was along 9460T just after the cattle guard at way point 7. This fallen tree blocked the road sufficiently to where I had to turn around and take the 801 all the way through instead. The second was a large broken off tree branch between waypoints 12 and 13, but tire marks around it showed that someone else had already gone around just off to the side of the trail so I did likewise. I'd fully expect the forest service to eventually clear the road of these fallen trees, and the rest of the trail was basically unchanged other then some of the bigger rocks seeming a bit more exposed.
On this warm sunny day, taking Hot Loop Off-road 4x4 Trail was a great adventure. The dirt was dry, and the cool breeze kept the hot sun at bay. It was a fun day trip that took about four hours only because of frequent stopping to take pictures. The most menacing part of the trail was the decline after the end of Jacks Can Trail heading towards 153A were the forest trees thickened up, and the loose rocks peaked and their biggest sizes.
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