Best Trails in Coconino National Forest

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on Soldier Pass Trail
3 days ago

hiking

I did the entire loop. We parked at the alternative parking, there was more parking at this location. Did Brin's Mesa first, then looped around to Soldier Pass. There are no trail markers for the arches, but we were lucky to find a lady that hikes this trail often. She showed us the way and they were beautiful. The 7 pools had water in them and they were amazing! The sinkhole was a lot bigger than I thought, but it was pretty cool. We took Jordan to Cibola back to the parking lot. It was a great day, amazing hike.

on Chapel of the Holy Cross Trail
3 days ago

Beautiful church and view, but very crowded. Whenever we have visitors they always want to see this so it is getting boring for us now, but worth doing at least one time to say you saw it.

on Red Rock Crossing Trail
3 days ago

This is in Crescent Moon Ranch and such a beautiful place. I did my maternity photoshoot here. Stunning views. Very crowded during the summer, but fairly empty during cooler months. $10 to park. The views are a must see.

on Bell Rock Pathway
3 days ago

hiking

Love this hike. I've walked around this trail and climbed up several times. I only made it half way up because we had a baby in tow, but my husband and some of my family climbed up as far as they could go and loved the views and challenge. The only negative is that there is no shade and it is not climbable in the heat of the summer in my opinion.

on Montezuma Castle National Monument ...
3 days ago

walking

Definitely not a hike. A little pricey too for only the one view, but I am glad we went.

on Soldier Pass Trail
3 days ago

Loved this hike! Good trail markings and just the right amount of climbing. Not too hard!

on Sandy Seep Trail
5 days ago

nice walk with the dogs in the forest.

on Soldier Pass Trail
8 days ago

Gorgeous red rock views all over. Nice hike through juniper pine forest and open Mesa Very nice hike for the morning so as to avoid temps

on Cathedral Rock Trail
9 days ago

hiking

it was more rock climbing than I expected. the trail was pretty easy to follow, but coming back down there were times I was scooting down on my butt. I was definitely no disappointed with the view from the top! we went earlier in the morning, but as we were coming back down around 10 it was starting to get busy, so there was some waiting for people going both directions, but I think that's any trail you go on. Definitely worth the $5 Red Rock pass you have to buy to hike at Cathedral Rock.

on Huckaby Trail
10 days ago

hiking

Date of visit July 31, 2016
This was our first of four hikes in AZ. The Sedona area was even more beautiful than we imagined. A crazy storm hit us mid-way through the hike and we had to go off trail to take shelter. Fortunately, we stumbled upon a lovely secret garden/gazebo. The rain didn't let off, so we just went with it and hiked back to the car in the downpour. We all agreed that really just added an extra level of fun to the adventure. Trails were not really clearly marked, so if you are inexperienced or unfamiliar with the trail you will want to plan it out ahead of time to make sure you reach the creek. We plan to go back sometime in the next year to finish the whole trail and probably explore a few more.

on Secret Canyon Trail
10 days ago

backpacking

Lovely views, very few people on trail.

on Fay Canyon Trail
11 days ago

Easy hike with nice views.

on Sandys Canyon Trail
11 days ago

hiking

Rocky trail but beautiful scenery. Take/use bug spray!!

on Lava River Cave
12 days ago

hiking

on Lava River Cave
15 days ago

hiking

Cool experience. Not many formations and pretty crowded especially around the opening--we went on a Saturday, so that's not surprising. Still very unique, and it doesn't take much time to do. If you want to do something else close by, the Kendrick's Peak hike is only a 15 minute drive away, and we easily did both in one day. Headlamp is a must. Footing is very slippery and uneven, so boots/closed-toed shoes are also ideal. My crew did it in tevas, but everyone's feet got cut up. Also, according to the sign at the entrance, the temps are between 32 and 40 degrees in the cave and it is 0.75 miles each way if you go to the end of the cave. Sounds short, but allow extra time due to the footing and the crowds.

on Little Elden Trail
16 days ago

This is a fairly easy trail and has very low traffic. Mostly used by mountain bikers but I didn't run into too many. I came here right after a good two weeks of monsoons and the entire mountain was lush and green. There is a fair amount of covering throughout the trail and it is very scenic throughout. If you're looking for an easy hike I do recommend this hike!