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Pretty easy hike with majority being in the shade. Good hike for kids. When you reach the end of the trail, there's an opportunity to walk further into the canyon. The climbing from there becomes much more difficult and steep. Great views the higher you climb.
One of the best in Sedona. Good amount of climbing required. When you get to the top, cut off to the left and you can extend the trail for a few extra minutes to get a different view. Avoid the busy times of the day or you'll be stuck behind slow tourists.
This trail is well maintained and has a good variety of vegetation and fun offshoots. The trail itself is very short and manageable for young children. Beyond the trail, climbing up the huge rock formation at the end was by far the best part. The views from the top are incredible. I highly recommend this trail as an easy, short jaunt. Be warned that it gets busy on the weekends, but there is lots of overflow parking available.
We ended up connecting to several trails, not just Little Horse.
ABOUT THE TRAIL
We did an easy loop (about 3 miles total) with some minor climbing and a TON of options for connecting trails to keep it interesting. Our route this time was Little Horse Trail to Bell Rock Pathway to Bail Trail to Llama Trail, ending back at the Little Horse Trail. The trails are extremely well marked and some of the trail markers have maps printed on them. Trails feature red rock and trees all the way through.
ABOUT THE VIEW
Views of cathedral rock, bell rock, and others are lovely. These trails weave around and through the mountains.
STUFF TO KNOW
There is a parking lot, restroom facilities, and a large map of the trails at the trailhead. We went over the Thanksgiving weekend and it was BUSY. The parking lot was full. The great thing is that there are quite a few trails so we only ran into people a few times. There were a lot of mountain bikers, all of whom were polite. This hike requires a Red Rock pass - obtainable from many gas stations or there is a machine at the trailhead. $5 for one day, $15 for the week.
We went on Thanksgiving day, just a few days after it had snowed in the area. There was a bit of snow, some partially melted, near the start of he trail, but once you were about a half-mile in, it was a full-on winter wonderland! The snow wasn't so thick that you needed snowshoes, so it was a perfect hike to still do with our near-7 year old daughter. It was only her second time seeing seeing snow, so there were a number of stops to throw snowballs :-). The temperature rapidly dropped by the time you got toward the end of the trail, so be sure to bring layering options depending on your cold tolerance (it was low 20s and windy). The snow at the top of the trail was completely pristine. A beautiful hike!