(EASY - MODERATE)
|Highest Elevation:||4812 feet|
|Duration:||About 2 hours|
|Shape of Trail:||Loop|
|Best Direction to Travel:||South|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Sedona|
|Official Road Name:||FS9551|
|Management Agency:||Coconino Forest Service|
Ancient Indian ruins, seclusion, and wide open panoramic views are what you get with this off-road trail just outside of Sedona, Arizona. Starting off at the Honanki Indian Heritage site, this route travels 6.5 miles through the Coconino National Forest on an old, and much less traveled ranching road. Leave the people behind and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Sedona red rocks, Mingus Mountain, and many other surrounding mountain ranges. This is a nice and easy wheeling trail with lots of great scenery, and a few small challenging rock crawls to hone your off-roading skills.
Rutted and/or rocky road. No shelves. Rocks up to 12" and water crossings up to 12" with possible currents. Passable mud. Moderate grades to 15 degrees. 6" holes. Side hill to 20 degrees. 4WD required. No width problems.Read more about our rating system
Outlaw Trail starts at the Honanki Heritage Site(Indian ruins) parking lot, continue through the parking lot and follow signs for FS-9551. Restrooms and picnic tables are available here for pre-trail preparation.
Almost immediately after the start of the trail you will come up on a large gulch, if you have clearance issues at this point, it may be a good idea to head back as this is one of the more difficult areas of the trail.
Small wash crossing (could be muddy during rainy season).
At 0.6 there is a nice small scenic outlook, during the busy seasons in Sedona this is a nice area for a picnic if the parking lot at the entrance is full.
Split in the road here, both paths lead in the same direction, either direction works!
As you reach this area, it can be a little confusing and may seem like the end of the trail, keep your eyes to the right and you will see an opening as the trail heads downhill. There are multiple splits in the trail here, they all will lead you in the same direction so take your pick!
This 360 degree scenic lookout is the highlight of the trail, there are lots of great views in the Sedona area, however this one gives a unique perspective due to the high visibility of terrain differences and views of Sedona, Cottonwood, Jerome, and other surrounding towns.
Stay right (to the west) at the "Y". Then take a sharp left and head east here on FS-9549 to continue towards the end of the trail.
Continue right here and head southwest, avoid driving through "No Motoring" signs posted by local Forest Service.
Stay left at the "Y" here to continue on FS-9549B.
Continue left (north) at the "Y" to remain on the trail.
This section can be a little challenging, there are a few easy paths, and some difficult. They will all lead in the same direction. Pick your poison and be careful!
Trail finishes here at the intersection with FS-525. Head to the right (south) to continue back to Sedona via Loy Butte Rd/FS-525 & FS-152C/Boynton Pass Rd.
Trailhead Coordinates: 34.936410, -111.934892