Sedona Westerners in the Red Rock News

November 28, 2014

Drovers Find It Intriguing To Stand On Top Of Snoopy's Belly


by Perlina McCombs

Snoopy Rock is one of the more distinguishable rock formations in the Sedona area. From Snoopy's belly are sweeping views of Sedona and the surrounding geological formations.

Most of us remember Charles M. Schultz's cartoon series "Peanuts" which debuted in 1950.  Well, Sedona has its own reminder of this wonderful cartoon series with Charlie Brown's beloved dog Snoopy sleeping on top of his dog house in the company of Woodstock, the cute little bird, who is purched upon his nose.

On September 8, Paula Potter and I led two groups up to Snoopy with Cathy Lutz and Michael Henry as our tailgaters.

The route to Snoopy is a bit rocky and steep at times. To hike up to Snoopy, you hike up behind Snoopy rock so you do not see the trail from 89A. We were very lucky the trail was not effected by the days of rain we had earlier. The hike is rated moderate with a 600-foot elevation gain, including a brief rock scramble and an overall distance of about 3 miles. It is a nice afternoon hike and time to get back home for a game of football.

There were several hikers who have never been up to Snoopy, let alone climbed up on his belly. While hiking, the closer you get the more you can see the image of Snoopy and beautiful red rock with a whiter rock on Snoopy's nose. The question is, how did that white rock land right on top of Snoopy's nose?

Upon reaching to the top, we could look down on up-town Sedona and many of the surrounding areas. It seems like the air funnels through the saddle creates a forceful wind so we must hang onto our hats. Being up on Snoopy is quite different from looking up at Snoopy while driving in a car or sitting at a restaurant.....wondering if it is even possible to hike to this iconic rock.

Many climbed on top of Snoopy's belly and we all agreed, that is a sight to behold. Isn't Snoopy much like we would all like to be--- lying on our backs, relaxing, not a care in the world taking a well-deserved nap and thinking "Slowdona" is one of the best places to live?

After being offered one of Paula's delicious cookies and enjoying all of the good views, we were ready to head down the hill. I reminded the hikers to extend their poles to help with a safe descent to the trailhead.

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