Towering over The Fin, Witches Mountain offers one of the Sedona's best views (shown above). To reach the summit head north from the Sugarloaf Trailhead to the Thunder Mountain trail. Turn west on Thunder Mountain and take the first wash on the left, heading north again.
Follow this wash toward the pass between Thunder Mountain and Witches Mountain. You'll need to exit the wash from time to time to go around brush, but stay in the wash until you are almost to the top of the pass. As you approach the top you may be tempted to get out on the right side and start a more direct line to Witches Mountain. This first apparent social trail will prove disappointing.
Stay in the wash a little longer and you'll be richly rewarded with a great view of Thunder Mountain (shown above) and a relatively easy path to the final approach. From there you just have to find your own way. The photo below was captured from the summit of Thunder Mountain and shows the approximate route, but you'll have to wrap a little more to the east than it appears in this image.
FINDING THE TRAILHEAD
EXTREME due to route finding, a steep climb and dangerous cliffs.
This route should only be attempted by experienced hikers.
3 miles roundtrip
1338 ft one way
3 - 4 hrs
Oct - Apr. Late afternoon light is best.