Schnebly Hill Trail

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Schnebly Hill Trail
The Schnebly Hill Trail climbs moderately and steadily up the west face of Schnebly Hill following the original alignment of Schnebly Hill Road. There are some magnificent red rock views for the first .75 miles which is unshaded. The trail enters partial shade and at 1.25 miles, where the roadbed turns sharply to the left, take the trail on the right which is signed “Munds, Jacks, Hot Loop”. It climbs moderately in shade for nearly .75 mile, passing through 2 cattle gates, and emerging on a large, open expanse near Committee Tank. There are several overlooks offering great views of Munds Mountain, Bear Wallow Canyon and the red rock formations beyond. The trail is level for the next quarter mile and then descends to a saddle separating Schnebly Hill and Munds Mountain at the head of Jacks Canyon. More nice views. Just before reaching the saddle, there is a signed trailhead on the left for Hot Loop. Continue down another 150 yards where there are two more signed trailheads. The Jacks Canyon Trail leads down to the left.
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Distance: 2.4/4.8 miles (One way/Round Trip)
Time: 2.5 hours (Round Trip)
Elevation Change: 1000 ft.
Difficulty: Moderate
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  1. Jeff Wacker says:
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    Starts at the top of Schnebly Hill Road, so with a 4×4, you can drive to it and start climbing. For us, though, it was a continuation of Munds Wagon (previously reviewed), which we highly recommend – sort of like icing on the cake. However, the two together are almost 12 miles so start early and have plenty of water/snacks.
    Most of the first part of the trail is a steady climb in full sun, but the views just get better and better as you go (it’s always cool to see the tour helicopter go by BELOW you!). After most of the steady climbing you get out of the sun and into more of an up/down forested area. We stopped at the first cattle-guard which we understand is not quite the end but is close. At that point you’re still in a forested area.
    My wife and I are 50 and 49, in relatively good shape, and while pretty tired at the end of Munds/Schnebly, managed it fairly well. The Munds views are terrific and Schnebly only improves upon them – definitely worth all of the work!

    PS – If you do not treat yourself to a Hike House Oatmeal/dark chocolate cookie when you’re back in town, you have done yourself a great disservice – definitely one of the best cookies ever!

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