A short, moderate, out-and-back hike to the basaltic lava of an extinct volcano. Begin by hiking behind Sedona Red Rock High School, past a large solar panel array and through an old cattle gate. The trail up is steep in places but is only 0.3 miles to the top. Take the Vista trail to the left for lovely views. Watch your step through the lava bed. For an added view to the northwest, make the short climb to the top of Schuerman Mountain (faint trail to the right at the intersection of the Schuerman Mountain Trail and the Vista Trail)
Hiking Distance: Schuerman Mountain Trail to Vista Trail, 0.3 miles; to the Vista (southern view), 0.3 miles; to the top of Schuerman Mountain (western view), 0.4 miles; 2.0 miles round trip.
Tip: From the Vista (southern view) great views of Cathedral Rock especially late afternoon. From the top, views of the Mingus Mountains and the Verde Valley.
Driving Directions: From the Visitor Center, 331 Forest Road, turn right on 89A for 4.2 miles to Upper Red Rock Loop Road. Turn left at the light for 0.25 miles to the 3rd drive on the right, then 50 yards to parking.
Amenities: Pet friendly (leash required). Relatively quiet, best November through April. Best views in the late afternoon but unshaded.