Sedona Westerners in the Red Rock News

March 28, 2014

Cypress-Snake-Anaconda Loop


by Donna Bell

What do you do after the stress of the holiday season? Go with the Sedona Westerners Ambler group to decompress! The Amblers made the loop around Cypress Trail, Snake Trail and Anaconda Trail in early January and it turned out to be a beautiful hike that anyone would enjoy. The hike was led by Linda Schermer and was tailgated by Chris Greene.

The trail starts at the shooting range off just off Dry Creek Road. There you can park your car and pick up the trail head at the edge of the parking lot. Starting at the Cypress trail head, follow the trail a half mile up Cypress, continue to snake along to the Anaconda Trail and turn left onto Anaconda Trail. Anaconda Trail then meanders through the woods and provides good shade by beautiful old Cypress trees. Once coming out of the Cypress trees, this hike leads to an open area of the trail and really gives you a “Big Bang for your buck” in terms of scenery. It then follows a network of trails that afford great views of Thunder Mountain, Lizard Head, Doe Mountain and Chimney Rock.

The Amblers were happy to receive a detailed history of the trails and area from hike leader, Linda Schermer. Linda helped to create Dawa trail which was one of the many trails that crisscrossed on this hike. Linda said “Dawa” means “Sun” in Hopi, and as hikers hike along Dawa they can understand why that name was chosen for it.

The beauty of this hike is the network of trails that cross over one another, all providing hikers with sun, shade and specular views throughout the route. Although the Amblers chose to make this hike 4.5 miles, hikers can make the hike longer if they’d like, by picking up one of the many trails that feed into this trail system.

Two and a half miles into the hike the Amblers enjoyed an early lunch along the Cypress trail at the edge of the dry creek bed. Surrounded by Cypress Trees while the late morning sunlight streamed through the trees’ branches, the group was enjoyed quiet time and friendly chat. Listening to the trees rustling and feeling the warmth of the sun on a beautiful January day made for in a lovely setting, and this hiker couldn’t help but think, “Who has it better than us?” It was the perfect way to tie the bow on a busy holiday season.

If you are interested in joining the club, please go to our website at or just come to one of our monthly meetings. The next one will be Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7 pm at the Sedona Elks Club, 110 Airport Road.