Cathedral Rock Trail is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, AZ that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Tucson: This trail is accessible only via other trails; from the Esperero Trail #25, 6.5 miles in, and from the West Fork Trail #24, 7.5 miles from the end of the Sabino Canyon shuttle road.
Love this hike. The terrain make it quite difficult in some spots, but the views are amazing once you get to the top
So much fun! Make sure you get all the way to the end. Follow the white marks until the end. You will have to climb up but it's not too hard. They have grooves in the rocks to make it doable.
Easy beginning and when you closer to the end it's very steep. I think hiking shoes are a necessity. I also don't think this hike is for small children. perfect afternoon. weather was perfect
Awesome trail. Once at top the view is amazing. Worth going all the way up.
This is an amazing hike. Don't let the reviews about it being like climbing deter you. It definitely has some bouldering parts but it's not hard and not intimidating. Getting down was way easier than I expected. We watched a couple with two babies on their backs and a dog crush this trail. I personally don't know if I could do that but people get kids all the way to the top and down safely so you can do it too! The views are fabulous and you can really feel the energy of the vortex at the saddle. We missed heading left into the Cathedral because thunder and a storm was moving in.
Breathtaking views, a few sections require one to be physically fit . Well worth the hike to the top
Steep in parts but plenty of folk around to lend a hand.
Beautiful hike. We only did the first half up to the vortex because we had our three year old with us. But definitely plan on coming back without him so we can climb all the way up!
This has always been one of my top trails in Sedona! So happy I was able to go back yesterday! Super fun if you like to climb like I do! The hike is well worth it once you get to the top, you can't beat the views!
They say this is a moderate hike. I disagree. Although it only took my husband and I 30 minutes to get to the top, it was challenging due to the extreme elevation at some sections. Seemed more like rock climbing at points rather than hiking. I'm a little timid when it comes to heights so my knees were knocking at a few points. Coming down was better because I could sit down and slide when necessary. The views at the top were well worth the hike. Be warned if heights are an issue for you. Wear shoes with good traction.
Great hike, amazing views! Quite exposed with little shade, come early for a cooler hike!
Worth every step!
Seems like a short hike but it's not because it's so steep. Took our dogs and they survived. View at end is worth it