Cookstove Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Flagstaff: Drive 15 miles south from Flagstaff or 12 miles north from Sedona on Arizona Highway 89A. The Cookstove trailhead is located near milepost 387 at the north end of Pine Flat Campground across from a roadside water stop.
nice shady trail straight up Oak Creek Canyon. There is no parking lot, so the only place to park is by the spring fed "faucet" on the north end of Pine Flats Campground. From there, cross the road and you'll see the Cookstove sign (it blends in with the pine trees).
The trail is steep and full of switchbacks. But it's among the trees so there is plenty of shade. It's fairly soon that you reach the top of the Canyon. from here you pick up Harding Springs trail and follow it along the rim. Harding Springs descends back down the canyon and back to 89A 1.3 miles south of where you began.
You will have this trail all to yourself! The trailhead is across from the Pine Flats campground. If you're not looking, you'll miss the sign. If you're not camping at Pine Flats you'll park opposite side of the road to the trailhead. (There is a water spigot that seemed to be very popular...park next to that)
This was a moderately difficult trail. Make sure to bring more water than you think you'll need for a mile long trail. A few nice views and a bunch of lizards and birds. We got to see several large Hawks the day we went. Overall, it was great due to the fact we were the only ones on the trail!