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Can anyone suggest a good hiking book for day hikes in Arizona.
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I got this one from Amazon...It is quite accurate.

Arizona Highways Hiking Guide: 52 of Arizona's Best Day Hikes for Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall
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I got this one from Amazon...It is quite accurate.

Arizona Highways Hiking Guide: 52 of Arizona's Best Day Hikes for Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall
I also purchased this one after visiting Sedona and second that it is a good guide. Great details and variety of regions around Arizona. May not be the best if you are focused on one or two particular areas though, as there are only a few in each region (For example, 5-6 around Sedona, I think?).
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Thanks guys. I just ordered the book both of you suggested.
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Thanks guys. I just ordered the book both of you suggested.
One of the best, most up-to-date, lightweight and least costly hiking guides is to go the Ranger stations in the national forests and buy their water proof pocket trail maps (about $5.00 US), then ask them or go online to get current trail descriptions. This is a really good way to seek out trails, from obscure to very well known

The Coconino national forest ranger station, in Oak Creek Canyon village, just south of Sedona, is one of the best spots to go to for info.
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One of the best, most up-to-date, lightweight and least costly hiking guides is to go the Ranger stations in the national forests and buy their water proof pocket trail maps (about $5.00 US), then ask them or go online to get current trail descriptions. This is a really good way to seek out trails, from obscure to very well known

The Coconino national forest ranger station, in Oak Creek Canyon village, just south of Sedona, is one of the best spots to go to for info.
Thanks XJ. It just so happens that Sedona is on my destination list.
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Thanks XJ. It just so happens that Sedona is on my destination list.
excellent. If Sedona's on your list then you won't be disappointed. I highly recommend the Mt Wilson trail, but taking it from the north side, where it is called the North Wilson Mtn Trail. It leaves from the Encinoso picnic area along AZ 89A, 5.3 miles north of the AZ 179 junction in Sedona. This trail winds up many switchbacks before heading to Mt Wilson. Amazing terrain and views. The north approach is much more shaded than the traditional south approach.

Great views of Mt Wilson (the summit on the right) from the south approach trail
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Been in Sedona, and hiked around Bouse ... December 2003. A fabulous place, great to see. Have fond memories of that time.

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Just got back from an 18 day Arizona trip. 43 peaks bagged covering Grand Canyon, Sedona, Flagstaff, Phoenix, Tucson, Texas and southern California. Stay tuned with my trip reports.

Regarding how I got the trip ideas. All starts from simply browsing the government topographic maps, and then if I find some peak/area interesting then I'll search on Google. AllTrail is a good online source for hiking, SummitPost is also hard to beat but only useful if you aim for the summits.
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I'm wondering how crowded it is in early October in areas such as Saguaro National Park. We'd be camping and would prefer not to have to make reservations for every place we went.
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