Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Who is Schnebly?

Distant Drums RV Resort
Camp Verde, AZ
April 28, 2014

I-17 towards Flagstaff
Last Monday, Joe and I headed out to do a hike off Schnebly Hill Road. We headed out bright and early going north (from Camp Verde) on I-17 towards Flagstaff.  We have done this many times. Today, however, we were talking and drove right by exit  #298 which is Hwy 179 to Sedona.  OOPS! Not to worry though...with map in hand, we kept going. Did you know that exit #320 lands you right on Schnebly Hill Road?
Google says that in late 1901, T.C. Schnebly and his wife purchased an 80 acre plot near the location of the present day Tlaquepaque Arts Village and built a home.  Residents of the small settlement complained about the slow and infrequent mail service.

 T.C. filed for an application for the establishment of a post office. Suggested names for the post office were Red Rock Crossing and then Oak Creek Station, but both were turned down by the government because the names were too long to fit on the cancellation stamp. A resident submitted the name of T.C.'s wife, Sedona. Postal officials approved the name Sedona and on June 26, 1902, the post office was in business in back of the Schnebly home.

Between 1876 and 1900, settlers  had a 4 day journey to reach Flagstaff from Sedona. By 1901, a new, rough route was carved out and a $600 contract was awarded to a Civil War veteran to improve the road. The new route reduced the trip from Sedona to Flagstaff from 4 days to 2.

Schnebly first used the road in 1902 to transport lumber from Flagstaff to build his two-story, 11 room home. Once his home was completed, he used the road to transport wagonloads of produce north to Flagstaff and supplies south to his general store in Sedona. Travelers would often stop at his home which he later converted into an inn. Before long, folks associated the road with the Schnebly family and the route was given its present name.

Today, Schnebly Hill Road is an easy but rough and bumpy 4X4 trail. Most folks take a moderate climb up the west face of Schnebly Hill. But our "OOPS!" gave us a different view as we descended almost 2,000 feet.

Sights along the way...

 We crossed Foxboro Lake Dam...

 and stopped to enjoy the ducks and Canadian Geese.
American Wigeon...thank you Judy! Often seen on marshy ponds in the company of diving ducks. They wait at the surface while other birds dive, then snatch the food away when the birds reappear. The bill is pale blue.

We also spotted a Bluebird.

From start to finish, its about an eleven mile ride. And surprisingly, we only passed about 5 other vehicles.

After a bumpy, awesome ride, we had a great hike...Huckaby Trail is the 5th hike we have completed from our book... Sedona's Top 10 Hikes.

 The trailhead is located just after the pavement ends ( maybe a mile or little more) on Schnebly Hill Road if you enter SHR from Hwy 179. The trail is a 5.6 mile roundtrip hike rated moderate/longer in our book. 

This hike was lots of fun...narrow ledges, zigs and zags,  and up and downs. The great thing about these hikes is you get a good workout, but you hardly realize it. There is something to "WOW!" about around every turn.

It's a hike close to the heart of downtown Sedona, that takes you along the hillside and the creek, and thru evergreens and wilderness.

Our hike ended IN Oak Creek under the Midgley Bridge on 89A North.

It was much nicer walking around downtown Sedona than driving thru about lots of traffic.

Agave Americana...almost in bloom!

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time...

Monday, April 28, 2014

One Large and Beautiful View...Two Trails

Distant Drums RV Resort
Camp Verde, AZ
April 19 and April 27, 2014

So, what do Little Horse and Broken Arrow have in common? Well, they are both trails and they both take you to Chicken Point.  Difference is, one is by foot and the other by jeep.

First, Little Horse...a 3 mile in and out hike.

This was the second hike we did.
It was recommended to us by a couple we met on the Courthouse Loop.  

The trail leads thru a stand of Arizona cypress...

...gave us great views of The Sisters.  At first far away,

and then closer.

And took us right by the Chapel of the Holy Cross.

It was an easy hike. There were lots of ups and downs,  zigs and zags and rock scrambling to keep the trail fun.

Wildflowers were blooming! 

Then, this past Sunday, we drove the Broken Arrow 4X4 trail. This was recommended on the blog site. In fact, it was the first jeep trail John and Pam took in their jeep.

What fun...all smiles from us!
This trail is rated difficult in our Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4- Wheel-Drive Trails  It wasn't a long trail...only 3.8 miles roundtrip, but it was full of ledges, slickrock, and narrow passages.  

In fact, the trail is so narrow that  backing up to find a pull-off was a requirement to pass. Extra wide and extra long vehicles would definitely have a problem!

So what is Chicken Point?

Its an absolutely beautiful spot for lunch! How nice it was to sit and enjoy the incredible views.

The "chicken" at Chicken Point

Last Saturday morning, we had a cold front come thru. It rained...rather downpoured, but the worst was the wind gusts at 40 mph. When the sun finally came out after lunch, look what we saw...the Black Hills had a dusting of snow!

The view from our front window!

Hope your week is off to a great start...

Until next time, happy trails and...
Hill with drop off on Broken Arrow 4 X 4 Trail

enjoy !