Cow Pies Trail is one of the oldest hiking trails in the Sedona Red Rock Country used by early settlers (late 1800’s and 1900’s) to transport produce and livestock to market in Flagstaff. The trail drops down into Bear Wallow Canyon and traverses the creek several times. You will find that the creek is often dry throughout the summer months but springs to life with numerous waterfalls during summer monsoons and late spring snow melts off the Mogollon Rim.
As you make your way up 2/3 of the canyon you will come upon Cow Pies Trail. Cow Pies is considered a major vortex site in the area and gives you the impression that you have just landed on Mars. Continue along the ridge into the Mitten Ridge Saddle for spectacular views of Oak Creek Canyon and Midgley Bridge.
Cow Pies and Hangover Loop Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
The trailhead is across the road from the parking area. You’ll pass through an area of small black rocks, which are pieces of lava. Sometimes you’ll find these rocks placed in the shape of a medicine wheel. You’ll make a left turn to go to the cow pies. If you go straight, you’ll be hiking the Hangver Trail. As you continue to the left, you’ll hike up on the “cow pies” which are very large circular red rock formations. There isn’t a defined trail so you’ll be free to explore the “cowpies.” Some believe this area has an abundance of vortex energy.