Hike of the Week: White Mesa Trail near Sedona

Mare CzinarDecember 20, 2023
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White Mesa Trail, Wet Beaver Creek Wilderness Area, Sedona 

From the hyper popular Bell Trail, the imposing, vertical cliffs of White Mesa appear as an unsurmountable wall of stone.  Rising over 1,000 feet above one of the most heavily visited trails in Coconino National Forest east of Sedona, the mesa is composed of vibrant layers of red sandstone, buff-colored sediments and a cap of dark volcanic rock. For those willing to make a detour from the water-centric trail that traces perennially flowing Wet Beaver Creek, the mesa’s secrets may be explored by way of the White Mesa Trail.   

  • LENGTH:  6.5 miles round trip
  • RATING:  moderate
  • ELEVATION:  3,828 – 4,925 feet
  • BEST SEASON: October – April
  • FACILITIES: restroom
  • FEE: A daily fee decision is pending. Check the Coconino National Forest website before going.  


  • From Interstate 17 north of Camp Verde, take the Oak Creek/Sedona exit 298.
  • Head left (east) at the bottom of the off ramp and go 2.2 miles on Forest Road 618 to the main Bell Trail parking lot.
  • Forest Road 618 is maintained dirt and suitable for all vehicles.