Sedona, Arizona Day-Hiking Trip

Sedona's jaw-dropping beauty and fine climate has catapulted it into a life-list destination for just about everyone, not just adventure travelers. It is one of the most beautiful and varied ecosystems in our country. Whether it's the dominating presence of monolithic red rock formations, endless stretches of towering Ponderosa Pine Forests or the ubiquitous spiritual vortices, Sedona (part of the Coconino National Forest) features it.

We will be visiting this visually stunning hiking wonderland just as the temperate Spring unfolds. It's prime time to visit, so why not join us to see a wonderful place, improve your fitness level and lose some weight (or more accurately, alter body composition)?

Itinerary

The Sedona Fitpacking Trip will be from April 28 - May 5, 2013. Here is the proposed itinerary.

Our trek will begin in Phoenix. We'll shuttle up to Sedona and set up camp in a front country campground complete with bathhouses, fire rings and picnic tables. Every day, we choose another beautiful day-hike to give you a varied perspective of the area. One day will be spent visiting various vortices and on another day, we'll shuttle up to Flagstaff for a Full Adult Adventure Course at Flagstaff Extreme Adventures. It all adds up to an excursion you'll be talking about for years.

Difficulty

Although the trails can be somewhat rugged, our hiking distances that are not overly aggressive. Furthermore, our hikes are day-hikes carrying relatively small amounts of weight. Elevation changes are fairly moderate as well, making this trip both fun and good for beginners.

Weather

Weather is always an important concern when hiking. Spring is the ideal time to hike in Sedona. Expect daytime hiking temperatures into the 70s & 80s and nighttime temperatures in the 40s & 50s, though it may reach the 90s during the day and freezing at night. Here are the historical weather averages Expect sunny, fair weather, but be prepared for the possibility of frigid nights.

Trip Leaders

Steve Silberberg, lives in Hull, MA and has many years of backpacking experience over a variety of terrains and guides most Fitpacking trips. He is a SOLO certified Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Trainer, and Certified Food Handler.

Deb Lusk, lives in Phoenix, AZ and has hiked all over the Arizona Desert. She had guided Fitpacking trips all over the country is a SOLO certified Wilderness First Responder and a Certified Food Handler.

Equipment List

Here is a list of equipment we suggest you bring. The list is extensive and can seem daunting, but please don't let this deter you from the trip. You can rent top notch quality gear for reasonable prices from Lower Gear or Outdoors Geek. It may also be possible for us to provide some gear for you at a nominal fee if you let us know far ahead of the trip. Unfortunately, we're not in the gear business so the selection of our available inventory is unpredictable. Please feel free to discuss any gear with us before the trip.

Menus

We don't believe in austere eating regimens. Hiking is a rigorous, rewarding activity. You must feed your body in order for it perform. Your body will dictate that you eat often, so it's important to have fuel to feed it. Please check out the sample menus. This list is not comprehensive and may be altered or augmented. If you want to bring personal food, say a 5 pound chocolate cake, go for it. You'll not only hate carrying it all trip long, your body will reject the empty calories and prefer nutritious food.

Cost

$1150 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a room with another participant during the 2 hotel nights. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Phoenix Sky-Harbor International Airport (PHX), personal equipment and any restaurant meals eaten off the trail.

Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, campground fees, 6 days of campsite meals, Extreme Adventure Course, ground transportation to/from Phoenix and the trails, Park permits, insurance, and awesome guides.

Important Note

Fitpacking is on an ongoing quest to expand its selection of trip destinations. As such, this is the very first time we are offering a trip to Sedona. Even though they are seasoned backpackers, the guides for this trip may NOT have previously backpacked these particular trails.

Many intrepid participants are excited by pioneering new routes, but others don't feel as comfortable with this and may prefer a more established, predictable trip. Experience guiding a certain destination can make things run smoother, but do not underestimate the decades of backpacking experience that our guides possess which permeate every other aspect of the trip in order to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.