AB Young is a system trail in the Coconino National Forest. Designated as Trail #100, it is well marked with signs and easy to follow. The first official trail designated in the Red Rock District, the A.B.Young Trail leaves from the southernmost end of the Bootlegger Picnic Area. Take the steps down to the creek and find a suitable place to "boulder hop" or wade the stream. The swimming hole near the trailhead (SHOWN BELOW) is our favorite part of this hike. Cross the creek and find an old metal sign indicating the trailhead.
FINDING THE TRAILHEAD
The trail starts across the creek from Bootlegger Picnic Area, which is 10 miles north of Sedona on Hwy 89A. After crossing the creek, a short climb will bring you onto an old road and telephone line above the creek. The trailhead starts at the old metal sign (see photo) which is within 300 feet of your crossing. From most crossings, the sign will be just downstream (it's upstream from the stairs leading down to the creek, where a shallow crossing can be waded).
4.5 miles out and back
3-4 hours round trip
Apr-Nov. Hike early in the day to avoid summer heat.
Yes. Must be leashed at all times. Please pick up after your pet and pack it out.