Friday, April 1, 2016

Taking the Hiline

Distant Drums RV Resort
Camp Verde, AZ
March 31, 2016

Monday, we arrived at Distant Drums in Camp Verde to gusty winds and cold temperatures which did not let up for 3 days. 

Even so, Gary's Mobile Power Wash did a great job washing and waxing Belle on Tuesday. 

The pull-in sites here are the best.  

We have a nice view from through the front window to enjoy.   

Wednesday we had a touch of cabin fever and decided to take the loop from AZ 179 (Red Rock Scenic Highway) through Sedona and return via 89A and Hwy 260.  

Our first stop was at the Red Rock Ranger District VC for hiking maps.
Then an unexpected stop in traffic just outside of Sedona as a javelina made its way across the 4 lane going into Sedona.

Finally, a good hiking day dawned Thursday. Joe and I decided on the Hiline Trail located between the Village of Oak Creek and Sedona.  
Parking for the Hiline is at Yavapai Point.  There are several trailheads here.  We started out on the Yavapai Vista Trail and connected to Hiline. 

 Combined this gave us 6 miles of glorious outdoor fun with magnificent views.  

The trail is narrow with a steady climb and lots of curves. It has a moderate rating. 

We saw really big things... 
You can barely see Hwy 179 in the middle of the picture.
Rabbit Ears, Courthouse Butte, and Bel Rock all in the same picture. 

Cathedral Rock
and really little things.

Hedgehog Cactus in bloom

Indian Paintbrush 

Hiline is lined with gnarly juniper trees with blue berries...

twisty, cinnamon colored manzanita bushes... 

creamy colored wild rose...

and lots of rock gardens.

A great hike for sure and one we will look forward to doing again someday.  Until next time, happy days and 



  1. The area around Sedona is so beautiful. There's a lot to see and much to explore. Looks like you already have a good start.

    1. Everytime we visit here Joe and I dream of owning a home here Jeri. We love it!

  2. Love the Sedona area, such wonderful scenery, enjoy...

    1. Yes it is George...doesn't matter what direction you face, it's all around you!

  3. Yay, the cactus are blooming!

    If you've never done it, Woods Canyon is a trail you might enjoy. It takes off from Red Rock visitor center.

  4. Nice pictures of another hike I have not done. We also stayed at Distant Drums and celebrated with a nice dinner in the casino after hiking Tonto Natural Bridge, which I can recommend if you have the time.

    1. I love hiking recommendations Jeff. We will check it out and if we don't get to it this time, will keep it in mind for another visit here! Thanks....

  5. Super nice hike:) Love the climb and all the beauty you were surrounded with. Wow! So many flowers blooming. I love this time of year. Glad your trail wasn't crowded:)

    1. Me too Pam...we made the mistake of going into Sedona to The Hike House to look for rubber tips for Joe's trek poles. Bumper to bumper and so many people.

  6. You captured some great blooms - they seem to be eluding us this spring. I've not been to this area south of Sedona, it sure has spectacular views of the key formations! That last photo is especially great!!

    1. The Village of Oak Creek seems to be alittle less conjested on busy week-ends. One reason we like Camp Verde is that it is in the middle of Prescott and Sedona and all inbetween.

  7. When I'm old and feeble and don't know my name anymore I asked Bobbie to put me in that nursing home in Village of Oak Creek. Lovely area. Lovely rocks.
    Box Canyon Mark