(EASY - MODERATE)
|Highest Elevation:||5096 feet|
|Duration:||About 2 hours 30 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Out & Back|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Sedona|
|Official Road Name:||FR-9952 / Forest 120 Rd|
|Management Agency:||Yavapai County Forest Service|
This 12 mile out & back trail is a fantastic route to take during the busy traffic months, it is just south of Sedona and a bit of a locals secret! After heading 6 miles up to the top of House Mountain, you will drive right up to an amazing view of the Sedona red rocks from a very unique "back side" perspective, this is one of the few trails in the area that features an incredible 360 degree view of the surrounding towns. This is a great starter trail before heading into Sedona and tackling some of the tighter, more advanced trails. It is fairly smooth for the first section then becomes rocky with small shelves and ups and downs through many wash crossings.
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
House Mountain Trail starts right off of Beaverhead Flat Road. You will pass through a cattle guard and immediately start heading north towards House Mountain.
As soon as you drive through the cattle guard at the beginning of the trail, you will notice two large cattle tanks(water holes) with multiple roads surrounding them, follow the main road slightly to the left to stay on FR-9952.
You will pass a small junction on the right side of the trail (northeast). Remain straight to stay on the main section of the trail.
On your right side you will notice a small metal feed tank with the #7 painted on it. This is simply a landmark to let you know that you are still on track.
At 1.1mi. you will come across a large wash crossing, be mindful of running water during the wet season. Also note that you may see some sort of plastic conduit or piping underneath the rocks, try to avoid them, if possible, in case they are still in use.
Over the next few miles you will pass multiple wash crossings, most of them look very similar. Keep heading straight through the wash crossings to remain on the trail.
Pictures don't do this rocky area justice. If you have a lower clearance 4x4, you may want to be cautious of this area. A long-wheelbase vehicle could possibly bottom out here, so stay to the left side where there is a more gradual slope.
This rocky ledge goes up the side section of the valley. It is fairly wide but be mindful of the edge, as it could fall away easily on a rainy day.
As you pass the pond, you will notice a steep downhill trail on your left towards the south. This could potentially be a good area to set up camp, or have some fun going up/down the steep hill.
Stay to the right at the "Y" beyond the Horse Mountain Water Tank.
As you come upon a lonely tree at a 'Y' shaped turn, you will take a left down into the small valley. Optionally, you can take a right turn for more potential camping areas.
You are almost to the top! Take a right turn at the split in the road to head towards the scenic lookout. Towards the left will take you closer to the rock pile at the top of House Mountain if you'd like to climb up to the top of the rock.
You've made it! There's a small turnaround spot around a juniper tree to head back the way you came. Enjoy the 360 degree views and a unique "back side" perspective of the Sedona red rocks.