• Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1.4 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    400 Feet

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

Only 20 minutes from downtown Sedona.A relatively easy, family friendly hike that leads to spectacular views of the Sedona. 

The trail begins almost immediately with some gradual switchbacks that climb up the mesa at a moderate incline. As you climb you will come to a trail junction with the Aerie trail about .3 in. At this junction just make sure to stay on the trail marked towards Doe Mountain and not on the Aerie trail. The trail continues to climb up gradual switchbacks basically all the way to the top. The very last section of the trail right before you reach the top is a bit steep and rocky so make sure to take it easy if needed. Overall however, the climb up is easy to moderate and very easy to follow. Once you have reached the top feel free to walk around the mesa on the  variety of trail junctions that will lead to cliffs that will give you great unobstructed views of the beautiful Red Rock Country. This trail would best be done during the early morning or around dusk for the best lighting as well as cooler temperatures in the summer.

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Did this hike around 2:00 on New Year’s Eve, not terribly busy which is always a plus. The switchbacks to the top are rocky and fun, quick jaunt gets you to the top with incredible views great for photos! Highly recommend at sunset! Bring a headlamp for the hike down. Explore around at the top, plenty to see, perfect for a hikers picnic!

about 2 months ago
about 2 months ago

We did this especially for the sunset views. Really beautiful and quiet and if you wish to avoid the crowds doing sunset times will do the trick. Trail isn't long or hard so enjoy it and the views.

11 months ago
11 months ago

This short hike is perfect for sunset! Bring snacks and a flashlight as you will not want to run down the mountain right as the sun sets. Leave enough time to roam the mesa and settle in to your favorite spot to witness the breathtaking colors.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

The views here are some of the best in Sedona and line up perfectly for catching last light on the surrounding formations.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Nathan Szwarc Explorer

Avid hiker, backpacker, and aspiring photographer living in east Tennessee.

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