Robbers Roost Trail

EASY 15 reviews

Robbers Roost Trail is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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.

0.7 miles 248 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
9 days ago

Not much traffic, pretty awesome ruin! On top of butte there are lots of obsidian shards from arrowhead being made I'm assuming

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Just recently did this trail. At first it was difficult to find because all the hiking trail websites wouldn't give an exact pin point location. So, a little google earth and google maps, I was able to map out a trail for driving and where to begin hiking.
To get to this location is simple if you follow your own map and NOT the GPS. The GPS will take you to a locked gate which requires you to return to the Forrest road and rethink the next path. High clearance vehicles are extremely recommended. 2WD trucks will make it with no problem. I drive an 07 Tundra on performance tires and did perfectly fine. You can either park along the side of the Forrest road and hike in. Or you can leave the vehicle at the Forrest road and trail it in to the end to which you reach i giant opening. (Hint hint....This is viewable on google maps.) Then you can hike the .5 miles to the roost. From where I parked, It's like 15-25 minutes depending on your walking speed. If you have to park at the Forrest road, you might as well add another .5 to 1mile to your hike.
Oh, forgot to say, you can bring your pets there. There are no signs saying otherwise.
The trail to the roost is easy to follow. Follow the beaten path. You can tell people have travel that path many times. You can see the trail at night, so do t freak out. If you can walk and use the stairs in a Mall, you can hike this trail. At no point during the hike, was the trail challenging. The challenging part of the entire trip was planning it.
Once you get there the view is gorgeous. Recommend staying to watch the sunset. If you choose to camp there, go for it. I'm sure the sunrise is just as awesome.
Each of my family memebers had their own camelpack of water. We barely used any of it or if any. But we had it just in case. Don't want look like those fools who fail to plan while hiking and then die.
You'll enjoy this hike because it's away from people and tourists. It's quiet and peaceful. If you have a drone, the pictures and video you take will be speechless.

hiking
3 months ago

Great cave with a great view. I want to go back overnight...

3 months ago

Love it!

hiking
4 months ago

The directions on the app aren't correct, they led us to a gated backroad. We eventually found a back way into the Rock climbing.. And it was well worth the adventure! Absolutely beautiful area. The hike got a bit scary at time, not good for those afraid of hikes, but well worth it once you get to the cave.

hiking
8 months ago

Loved this experience! We rode Sedona ATVs there and then made the short hike out to the cave. Beautiful view!

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

I am seven months pregnant and hiked the trail fairly easily. Great ending to the trail with a cave you can relax in and enjoy a beautiful view of the Sedona mountains.

hiking
1 year ago

Easy hike if your not afraid of heights, not for small children. Beautiful views. When you get to the upper section of the trail stay to the left, the cave is on the back side away from the parking.

1 year ago

Directions-take dry creek rd. to 152C left on 525 then right on 525C to 9530...don't take 9530B. Stay on 9530 parking on the left trail on the right. Plan for a nice lunch when you reach your destination...Robbers Roost!!

hiking
1 year ago

This was an amazing place. Won't lie...a little scary climbing up to the actual cave but leading up to was pretty easy. Not to hard of a hike. Pretty good size cave with great views. Watch your footing along the side of the wall coming up to the cave. The drop is pretty far down. If you have a fear of heights just stay close to the side and go slow. Well worth the adrenaline rush.

2 years ago

Really enjoyed this place. The current all trails gps point takes you to coffee creek. About 100-200 yards before you get to that GPS point, take the road split right. I will agree with the other poster - you need a relatively capable 4wd to continue on this last leg of the road. Otherwise park and walk until you get to the trailhead on the right, opposite the site/parking area left. I had a forester, and some girls were laughing at me when I made it (they were in an FJ Cruiser that had no problem). I will say, it got questionable at times. The other thing is that at some point on hiking trail, a stray trail wanders left and you really need to stay more straight toward the top before finally making the left just before the face. Finally, there is an exposed part just before the cave, but on a dry day, it's not bad. You wouldn't want to try on a snowy/icy day though, and wet days might not be ideal - both for the driving conditions, and questionable footings on the rock slope.

Hope you find, enjoy and respect the place. I feel honored to see a place like this without ropes and barriers. Cheers!

hiking
3 years ago

This trail is touted as "Easy" in many references. For an experienced hiker, that may be so, however, it has an ending to it that is NOT easy. First you have to get to the trail. This means a heck of a trip if you do not have a vehicle suited to rocky dirt roads, it will take FOREVER to get to the trail head. You don't necessarily need a high profile vehicle, but if you don't have one, it is a long and bumpy trip. You cannot make the final drive length of 1.1 miles without a high profile vehicle, so add that to the length of the trail (.6 miles). It is short, and it is not a lot of climbing, but it is rocky in many places making the walk a bit harder.

When you reach the last part of the trail it is climbing up the side of a butte. Just before the robber's "roost" is a scramble of pitched smooth rock . If you slip, you won't ever be making another hike. It is a long way down. You need to be very careful. This is not for small children (many who see "easy " as a hike rating take their kids or elderly parents), a hike on a slippery (rain /snow) day, or for people with issues on heights or sharp drop offs next to them.

I can't say we will be going back. It was too much work to get there for a scramble over a dangerous area, and a so/so ending. By the looks of things not many people have been there, so if you are an experienced hiker who doesn't mind heights and wants solitude, this one is for you!

There are no facilities and no one nearby, so follow the old hiker's rule...don't hike alone. This trail is so rarely used that if you have an issue, no one will find you for a long time!

hiking
3 years ago

This trail is touted as "Easy" in many references. For an experienced hiker, that may be so, however, it has an ending to it that is NOT easy. First you have to get to the trail. This means a heck of a trip if you do not have a vehicle suited to rocky dirt roads. You don't necessarily need a high profile vehicle, but if you don't have one, it is a long and bumpy trip. You cannot make the final drive length of 1.1 miles without a high profile vehicle, so add that to the length of the trail (.6 miles). It is short, and it is not a lot of climbing, but it is rocky in many places making the walk a bit harder.

When you reach the last part of the trail it is climbing up the side of a butte. Just before the robber's "roost" is a scramble of pitched smooth rock . If you slip, you won't ever be making another hike. It is a long way down. You need to be very careful. This is not for small children (many who see "easy " as a hike rating take their kids), a hike on a slippery (rain /snow) day, or for people with issues on heights or sharp drop offs next to them.

I can't say we will be going back. It was too much work to get there for a scramble over a dangerous area. By the looks of things not many people have been there, so if you are an experienced hiker who doesn't mind heights and wants solitude, this one is for you!

There are no facilities and no one nearby, so follow the old hiker's rule...don't hike alone. This trail is so rarely used that if you have an issue, no one will find you for a long time!