Hiking Cathedral Rock
Arizona › Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Added by Justin Ritucci
One of the most scenic hikes in Sedona, AZ with amazing views from the top.
Cathedral Rock is one of the most popular landmarks in Arizona. This amazing rock formation is located in Sedona, Arizona.
The hike is steep and requires a bit of climbing in some spots. The 1.5 miles roundtrip is pretty strenuous, leading you up a moderately steep incline, but well worth the reward once you make it up. Follow the basket cairns up and enjoy the breathtaking views from the top. This is a great spot to enjoy the sunset!
To get to the trail, park in the Cathedral Rock Trailhead parking lot on Back O Beyond Rd. The parking requires a $10 day pass.
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Great place to watch the sunset
The Red Rocks day pass is only $5. There is a kiosk at the trailhead or you can purchase one at the ranger station in Oak Creek. This pass will allow you to park at any trailhead for the day in Coconino National Forest. The week pass is $15 and the Annual pass is $20 (2016 prices).
Beautiful Sedona hike!
This is a fun intermediate hike... you get to scramble on your hands and knees and explore off the beaten path. You can easily hike to the top and back down in two hours or choose to spend a half day exploring this area. Once you reach the top and take in the backside view make sure to continue on to the left for another stunning (less crowded) view of Sedona.
Best Hike In Sedona
I have done many hikes in Sedona and this one was my favourite. I found the climb quite fun and when you got to the top the views were breathtaking and when you took a little unmarked trail to the left the views only got better. Would recommend as it was simply stunning and the photo opportunities were endless.
If you must choose one hike in Sedona this is it!
Love these hikes -- short but rewarding. You'll be sure to get your heart going and if I lived in the area I would do this hike every day instead of going to the gym! Once you get to the "end of trail" sign explore a little beyond and scramble up the rocks for a breathtaking "secret" view!
Epic views and awesome photo-opps!
Great, short hike with a scenic pay off! After the classic photo-opp where you will surely see people lined up, continue to the south a bit farther (the trail that continues to the left when you reach the sign that says "End of Trail"). Hiking up a short hill on a developed trail will reveal an enormous rock spire with views out to Courthouse Butte!
Sedona Must Do
This is one of my favorite hikes in Sedona and it is absolutely worth the effort. I will say though, it is a bit crowded for my taste and it can be hard to find parking. Make sure to arrive early to beat the crowds.
One Of The Greatest Places On Earth
If you're in Arizona, Sedona is a must see. Cathedral rock is a steep climb but the view from the top is unbelievable. If you're not used to high altitude, then you might get out of breath easily. Overall, this is a great hike, after your hike go into Sedona for great shopping and restaurants.
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