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Stunning views from the end of trail. Well worth the effort.

Nice long, easy trail to Cathedral Rock. Watch out for bikes.

Amazing views of Sedona's red rock environs and vistas. This trail takes you around Cathedral Rock and it is somewhat challenging on the back portion of the trail but we'll worth the effort. A terrific hike with breathtaking views!

Such a fun hike. Definitely more than 1.2 miles from the parking lot to the top. Not too hard if you are semi in shape: make it to the top, so worth it. Amazing views!

Loved this hike. It was definitely difficult but very doable since it’s so short. The views from every spot on the trail were beautiful and the top was just stunning. Good hiking shoes are a must. We found that there was enough parking but would assume that the parking gets full quickly in better weather. I would recommend using the gps coordinates from this app to find the trailhead because putting “cathedral rock trailhead” into google maps took us to the wrong spot.

I took my mom (50y/o) on this trail because some of the reviews said it was easy-moderate. However, mom only made it about 1/2 way up the scramble before she decided not to carry on. I continued on up to the base of cathedral rock, but didnt finish the trail for fear of her trying to catch up and injure herself. I'd say it is an easy/moderate trail for experienced hikers, but for those who are not, it would be rather difficult. Be careful, and certainly wear hiking boots.

Very enjoyable trail bit of trail finding as you climb the saddle but can’t really go wrong

Wife and I did this hike in December. Weather was not too cold. Make sure to bring plenty water. Once you leave the parking lot you won’t see it for about 4 miles.
About half way it will get tricky where the trail is but look for a metal cage pillar with rocks in them that means you are on right path.

We drove in late in the afternoon and hiked this right before sunset on December 7th. Took about an hour and a half with us spending about a half hour at the top.

Breath taking both figuratively and literally.

Great fun and short. Getting down was a hoot.

Pretty easy til you get towards the top skinny rocks to get through then a little harder!

Absolutely beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. We explored the area to the left of the end of trail sign. This hike was worth the scrambling.

Loved this hike. A must at sunset.

hiking
21 days ago

Short but challenging technical hike with a few rock scramble areas. Views are worth the climb!

We started at Crescent Moon Ranch and took Baldwin to Templeton to Cathedral Rock. We went up ...quite a fun and challenging scramble. At the top we went around to the left and up...to a great lookout. Back down and headed to Bell Rock. Of course we had to climb this too! Gorgeous views. Then retraced our Templeton route 7 miles back home. Started at 730. Returned at 330. Checkmark day! My favorite day of the trip.

Great easy-moderate trail. If you want to make it to the top, watch out for a bouldering part that could be tricky!

hiking
24 days ago

Very crowded, but not the hike's fault. Lovely and just enough of a challenge for an early morning workout.

Very challenging rock scramble up...up..up! Loved it.

I wouldn’t rate this as hard (in my opinion, it’s an easy-to-moderate trail), but there’s a quick though short elevation change. The views at the top are incredible, one of my favorite hikes in Sedona.

all that and a bit more
early is good
gloves are good
rock or hiking tread is a must

on Cathedral Rock Trail

hiking
26 days ago

LOVE the sign at the top - “End of Trail”. The other side of the sign is a steep drop-off! Too funny! Great feeling to get to the top of this formation! Follow the small paint trail markers on the rocks.

great run, just dont slip!

One of our favorites. Never boring and the views are amazing no matter where you are on the hike. Tough scrambles in spots which is why it’s marked hard. Could be a challenging descent for kids less than ~10.

hiking
29 days ago

A bit crowded with tourists, but semi-challenging at parts. Beautiful views.

hiking
29 days ago

What a fun hike. Definitely difficult but the views were worth the effort. Short, steep, scramble toward the top.

Nice hike, and a pretty decent workout for how short it is. Some pretty views and some fun steep sections.
A bit crowded on a Saturday morning and the parking situation was a mess. $5 fee to park and too confusing to figure out if a National Park covers it based on the signs, so I just paid.

Beautiful little hike. Came across a few people but otherwise had the trail mostly to ourselves.

Get there before 8 to have a relaxing hike up. If you get there late you may be sharing the trail with a lot kids, screaming tourists, dogs, and many other inconsiderate people that come with popular hikes. Fun little morning scramble though and the views are well worth it.

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