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5 hours ago

for the younger folks: You will do fine if you are in good shape.

for older folks: bring a pole. it will come in handy on return trip when your legs are a little tired and you need to get over the high steps.

Not an easy hike unless you are used to this altitude and do this on a regular basis. also i recommend getting an early start (8am). for two reasons. one is for parking which gets full quick especially on weekends and two because the sun is on you the entire way up. its a bit chilly with early start so u will need a sweater.

Easy hike around the airport perimeter. Your up on the Mesa, every turn offers a great view of the surroundings. I'd reccomend it just for picture opportunities.

Nice fairly easy hike with some uphill, this hike is mostly shaded but not completely so bring a hat and sunscreen. If you are wanting to go to the Arches keep an eye out for a trial that will ver off to the right, it is not marked and VERY EASY TO MISS!

Remember to respect the environment and leave no trace.

Strenuous but not perilous. There are plenty of flat spots to properly place your feet securely, and those places where you are walking on inclined rocks have clean grippy surfaces which do not lead to an imminent cliff. Similar stair-stepping typical of the Northeast like the AT or White mountains, a well maintained trail. Plenty of white painted hash marks to keep you from veering off. As for middle-aged knees: mine aren’t great anymore but I don’t trust trekking poles on steep descents. I prefer slowing it down and using my hands to keep good balance on surrounding surfaces while extending the foot downward to a secure foot placement. This trail allowed for that and for the confidence that if you slip you won’t go far and slide into an abyss like some of the other trails around Sedona. Another bonus of this trail is the great perspective down into Fay Canyon. We did Fay in the earlier AM then Bear starting midday, round trip for the latter being 4hours 20minutes at a steady pace. A great day!

hiking
3 days ago

11/10/2018 Trail was nice, however, if you follow the All Trail map the path turns on a foot path that is not maintained. This was not mentioned in the reviews . Very doable easy to moderate trail and we would do it again

hiking
3 days ago

Very nice and easy trail, however, it is a very heavy trafficked trail. Views on one side are great, other side not so much. Parking can be difficult at the trail head because of the amount of people.

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike, tremendous views of Sedona as well as a Flagstaff.

Great hike but parking options are limited. Parking lot was full before 9am on Sunday.

Easy trail to a lookout. In November we went at 6 am and the colors were really good as the sun hit the red rocks at about 7 am glad we waited for the sun to rise over the mountains and hit the red rocks to the west! Beautiful!!!

Quick easy hike. Not as steep of an incline if you ascend from the north, or dump road trailhead. The caves were cool.

hiking
5 days ago

Nice wee stroll

Quick easy walk with beautiful scenery...

Excellent trail - not difficult at all beyond the distance. Great scenery at the Heart of Rocks Loop. Pleasant along the way with some open, hilly terrain and other forested terrain. Great place to get away from things and take some pics without pushing oneself too hard with a tough climb.

Fantastic hike. Definitely challenging but not the monster the sign at the start makes it out to be. We finished in 3.5 hours including a solid 40 minute lunch break at the summit. However since it's November, the temperatures were ideal and I can see this being a real grind during the hot season. Bring plenty of water and food no matter the season, sunscreen up because there's not a ton of shade, and be kind to your poor knees and bring your poles for the descent. The parking lot has a vending machine for Red Rock passes now if you're only here a couple days and don't want to spring for the annual, and there's good toilets. ~20 parking spaces with plenty of room for parallel parking on the street if the lot fills up.

The hike itself is a total stunner, and never boring. There are some quite steep, almost scrambly sections that really spice it up, and you traverse 4 or 5 fascinatingly different geologic sections. The trail is well marked with white diamond blazes spray painted on the rock, and they are oriented in the direction the trail leads. This shouldn't present any kind of a route-finding challenge for anyone who's hiked in the desert southwest and knows to look for cairns or other markers when the trail isn't obvious, but for those newer hikers, just make sure you look down from the insane views from time to time. And the views. WOW. Easily a top 3 Sedona hike for views. You not only get an amazing look back at all the amazing and familiar red rock formations of Sedona while you're on the way up, but you get a lovely panorama out south, west, and northwest, giving you a look at several different mountain ranges as well as HS Canyon immediately below you to the west, and Secret Mountain and Mount Humphreys to the north. It also was pleasantly free of crowds. No bottlenecks here. Although today, we did pass a large group who (amazingly) had hiked up to witness their friends be married at the summit. A wedding venue for the ages to be sure.

Well worth the effort and highly recommended.

Loved it! Best one so far, challenging but totally doable.

hiking
7 days ago

Amazing views but long and tiring hike when the sun is beating down. You get no relief from the sun for over half of the hike. Then when you think you are done, you keep climbing and hoping to get to the trail head. If you are lucky enough to get a parking spot at the actual trailhead, that is great. But if you have to park at the airport lot, the last .6 is not fun! But it was an awesome hike and I would do it again.

hiking
7 days ago

Nice and easy trail. Great for all levels and a great warm-up trail before a harder hike. Amazing views going out and coming back. If you can, make sure to climb the unmaintained trail at the end to get some amazing pictures over the tree line.

Hardest trail we’ve done in Sedona by far. Feelin my glutes and hammies today. Best views and super peaceful at the top. Worth every step!

hiking
7 days ago

definitely easy with good light on the buttes at sunrise

Great little hike with my kiddos ! A couple hours is plenty to enjoy. I recommend.

10 days ago

Nice hike to a watering hole...water is typically too cold for me, but other folks jumped in just fine. Keep your bikes home unless your only going halfway, saw a kid struggle as his father kept going. You don't need to be in great shape, but helps.

beautiful

Some nice views. More people than I expected on this Sunday afternoon considering it is rated as difficult and moderately trafficked. However, I was still able to experience some quiet peacefulness at times.

Did the loop in 2 hours, with my family. Managed a little scramble up the Bell Rock :)
Started at 1PM and still was a pleasant hike. Got lucky!
Fantastic vistas of Sedona, all the way.
Will do this again next season.

It’s very steep and very sunny. All around fantastic hike. About 1/3 of the way through we lost the trail and scrambled up a Tallis slope for .2 miles. This is a very bad idea; however, if you do choose this route you will be rewarded with many loose rocks and thorny bushes. At the top of the mountain there is a cliff. I would recommend not falling off of this as there are many thorny bushes at the bottom. On the way down we met a dog named snickers. Allergic to chocolate like most dogs and fully aware of this irony, snickers informed us of some thorny bushes to avoid on the right side of the trail. Thank you snickers.

hiking
12 days ago

Pretty hike. We also did the loop around the mountain from Soldiers Pass over to the Brins Mesa trail to get more scenery. Tip: We went clockwise around and it was less steep of a climb than if we would have went counter clockwise. Parking lot at Soldiers Pass only holds 14 cars and fills up early in the AM. We had to park maybe 1/2 mile down the road away from the houses because you will get towed if you park in the neighborhood by the trail head. Brins Mesa trailhead which connects to Soldiers Pass had a bigger parking lot (we saw it as we hiked by it).
No restroom facilities at Soldiers Pass parking lot. You hike in mostly sun on these 2 trails.

This was a great trail -- just the right amount of moderate.

Just on the edge of the city - some houses visible but does not spoil the view.

Easy start -- steep uphill that affords amazing views --- southern exposure tho' - lots of sun.

I went up soldier trail -- then back by Brin and Cieoga (spellings are off in each) -- got another nice little second uphill before returning to soldiers pass parking.

Favorite in Sedona

hiking
14 days ago

Very nice different mountain, little confusing for direction, but we make it up to the scenic view, moderate cloning, definitely worth it!

Very nice trail. We chose to make the loop from Soldier Pass Trailhead, across the Jordan Trail to the Brin's Trail, up to its intersection with Soldier Pass Trail, then back down to Soldier Pass Trailhead. Nice trails. Even saw a small herd of a dozen deer.

on Airport Loop Trail

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful scenery. This trail took longer to hike than anticipated as several sections of the trail were somewhat washed out due to recent heavy rains. I would rate this trail as moderate rather than easy.

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