Sugary Sweet View of Sedona
Why hadn’t I done this hike before? I’ve lived here all of these years and never hiked Sugerloaf. This hike is smack dab in the middle of Sedona. If you aren’t sure where it is the trail head could be pretty easy to overlook. It’s located in a residential neighborhood. I drove past the entrance the first time and had to turn around in someone’s driveway.
The prickly pear cactus were lovely along the way up. There were flowers in baby pink, fuchsia and golden yellow, in all different stages of bloom. The trail was clearly marked. There was the Teacup Loop train which I started out on. This would loop around the formation that is Sugarloaf, which I would guess is named for the way this hill rises out of the ground, shaped roughly like a loaf of bread. The offshoot of this trail, leads to the summit.
The hike climbs elevation very gradually and I would call it easy hike. What is awesome about it is that you get views of Chimney Rock and Coffee Pot rocks on the way up. Then with a little climbing, you reach the summit which gives you a 360 of all of Sedona. I normally send our guests to the Airport Vortex hike to take in Sedona at sunset, but I bet from Sugarloaf it is just as stunning. You could see all of Sedona spread out before you.
On my way down, I did somehow get off the trail, and was kind-of trail blazing, but it was easy enough to hook back up on it again. It was a happy little diversion, because I found some beautiful wildflowers.