Hike or Bike Secret Slickrock Trail

Hike or Bike Secret Slickrock Trail

Secret Slickrock Trailhead

Distance

0.8 Miles

Elevation Gain

107 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Yoga, Hiking, Fitness

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Katie Yarborough

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Romantic
Scenic

A short connector trail to the longer Ridge Trail that is bound to awe you with its views of Cathedral Rock!

Wanting a short and sweet sunset or sunrise spot in Sedona away from some of the crowds? This easily accessible trail is great for people wanting picnics, a quick photography spot (we saw a couple from their wedding doing a photo shoot here), and a cool spot to watch the sun rise or set with the grand view of Cathedral Rock!

This trail is a connector trail to the Ridge Trail. Our group decided to do a quick hike instead. You will park at the small dirt lot seen at my trail head coordinates. Located at Chavez Ranch Road, the trail head is directly across the road from the parking area. There is a clearly marked sign pointing out the trail and the description of the trail connecting to Ridge Trail.

The top of the ridge will overlook Crescent Moon Ranch and giving spectacular views of Cathedral Rock, Courthouse Buttes, and Two Nuns. The trail is clearly marked and clear for hiking. There is no camping at this location, bathrooms, or trashcans. Be sure to pack in and out all trash. 

At this location when looking at Cathedral Rock, the sun sets behind you and rises behind Cathedral Rock. Both times of the day are worth seeing at this overlook. Be prepared for major winds. 

I suggest going to this location during monsoon season. The slickrock formations creates pools of water that make for excellent reflections of Cathedral Rock for cool photography angles. Also, this is a solid and popular biking trail! Adding it on to the Ridge Trail, there's some great spots for you to make this a day long biking adventure! 

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Nearby Lodging

From $20/night

Big Sky Retreat Campsite

Williams, Arizona

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Went out here for the sunset on New Year’s Eve and there was barely anyone around. Spectacular view of cathedral rock, sunset was amazing, very short and beautiful hike back to the primitive road/parking. Bring a camera, bring a picnic! Would also be a great trail run!

Distance

0.8 Miles

Elevation Gain

107 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Yoga, Hiking, Fitness

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Katie Yarborough

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