Hike up Cookstove Trail

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Added by Nick Tort

Cookstove Trail is a less-traveled short jaunt up a gorgeous, but steep trail with sick views down Oak Creek Canyon looking towards Sedona offering a rare solitude in this area.

Either a compliment to a night spent at the Pine Flat Campground or a quick day hike to top of your Sedona/Oak Creek adventure, this short hike will give you an alternative, but comparatively gorgeous view of the Sedona Area.

This trail starts just north of Pine Flat Campground near milepost 387 and climbs steeply up through a forested area filled with conifers and a mix of juniper trees offering views of the East face of Oak Creek Canyon. It continues up to the edge of Cookstove Draw, where it gets even steeper making it's way to the flattened summit, gaining about 800 feet along the way.

There's a good chance you will have this trail all to yourself. It's a beautiful and serene hike as long as you can overlook the traffic noise from 89A below. You can either do this as an out-and-back, or as a loop connecting to the Harding Springs Trail (1.6 miles is the full loop distance). 

Once you've rocked this hike and got your sweat on, find one of the many swimming holes along 89A to cool off. 

Make sure you have your Red Rock Pass if you are planning on parking along 89A. A night spent at either Cave Springs Campground or Pine Flat Campground leaves you steps away from the trailheads for this loop. 

Pack List

  • Red Rock Pass: required to park anywhere along 89A in Sedona (Info Link)
  • Water Bottle / Hydration Pack (there is a natural spring just north of the Pine Flat Campground where you can fill your bottles)
  • Sunscreen & some shades
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Activities:

Camping, Hiking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

1.6 Miles

Elev. Gain:

800 Feet

Features:

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Forest
Handicap Accessible
Scenic

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Added by Nick Tort

I love to share what I find along the way so that others may experience the same joys. Sometimes my words fall short, but a photo can tell the story for me.

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