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It’s so beautiful here . Different view all around you . My favorite one !

awesome trail with lots of scrambling up rocks. Probably my favorite hike so far in Sedona

hiking
6 days ago

This trail is very challenging due to its steepness and rockiness. Beautiful views but those can be had elsewhere in Sedona - this is for the strenuousness. The trail is mostly chapparal and cacti. Someone claimed to have gotten up top in one hour and down in 40 minutes - anyone who has hiked the trail knows the 1 hour ascent time is virtually impossible and running down is definitely impossible due to the steepness and rocky terrain (noted just as a warning because this hike is the real difficult deal and you should plan accordingly). On the other hand if you are in superior shape from regular aerobic exercise (including altitude acclimation, the top is at 6,500 feet) you should be able to complete it in 3 to 3.5 hours, longer in the summer. The five hours noted at the trailhead would be appropriate for someone not accustomed to the altitude or regular aerobic exercise.

Super cool trail. Definitely one of the toughest I’ve ever done. Allow yourself the full 5 hours that it says it takes if you plan to do the whole trail. Only 4ish miles round trip but lots of elevation and strategy involved. Also, so many great places to stop and take it all in. There were 3 or 4 times that we thought we were at the top and realized we had quite a ways left. Once at the top, there is a sign that says “End of Trail”. Totally worth the hike. I 100% recommend it!

A good workout and worth it

Amazing hike. Only took an hour to ascend though it wasn’t exactly easy. Let’s just say my legs are going to be sore. The views are stunning. Sedona is an absolutely gorgeous area. My pup and I spent about 45 minutes up on top before descending...which only took about 40 minutes due to the fact we basically ran down it....it definitely doesn’t take 4 or 5 hours to hike like the signs outside of the trailhead say. Well, not if you’re in decent shape.

The trail is in perfect condition and provides a scenic, easy in and out hike through lush greenery with spectacular views of the red rocks that Sedona is famous for.

Nice and easy dog friendly hike with beautiful views!! Highly recommend the last scramble up the rocks to see the view!! 2 miles round trip!

The perfect amount of challenge for a hike that took less than 3 hours. Properly sore quads the next day. Lots of people using this trail Christmas week. Must have encountered at least 60 other people on the trail.

Beautiful hike! The scenery was gorgeous all the way through. Going up the mesa was a good climb, but other than that, it was a pretty easy hike. So many different scenic changes throughout and a couple of neat discoveries you might not expect make it even more interesting. I'd recommendend it!

Amazing viewpoints as you climb. The hike is mostly a straight vertical climb with a small crossing to another climb. The 360 view at the very top is amazing and well worth the effort. Wear good shoes and bring lots of water. We were 3.5-4hours up and back. Took a break at the top for lunch and to enjoy the views. Also enjoyed many viewpoints on the way out. Trail is across the road from the main trail parking lot and is marked by white paint strokes on the rocks as you climb. Highly recommended and not as heavily travelled as other hikes.

The perfect challenge for an avid hiker. The views make the tough climb worth while. This is the perfect hike to see an almost 360 view of Sedona and the valley below with many diverse viewpoints! Definitely bring lots of water and snacks, this one will wear you out!

Great hike! Did the 5.2 mile Brins Mesa to Soldiers Pass to Jordan/Cibola pass loop at 7 1/2 months pregnant* and found it to be perfect - a good challenge at times but a great mix of ups and downs, alternating such that it was completely manageable. Great milestones to look forward to (7 sacred pools, sinkhole, etc) and keep you going!

*caveat that I have worked out - weights, spin or yoga - consistently 3-4 times per week since becoming pregnant

Some of the best views of red rocks you will have on foot in Sedona, plus a nice peek at Enchantment resort. I hiked it during winter (Jan 2) when the last 2/3 was snow-covered which made it extra soft yet not slippery since this is not a very steep trail. I got a late start - 3 PM - but going at a clip, made it round-trip by 5:45 just past sunset (late start worth it to have the entire final 4 miles ALL to myself on what is normally a busy trail - I didn’t see or hear a soul). If hiking in winter especially late in the afternoon wear footwear with good tread and warm clothing - Canyon cools fast once the sun gets low.

Heavy snowfall made this hike very enjoyable on NY day.

hiking
17 days ago

This was a nice trail with pretty scenic views, however, it is a very popular trail so you won’t ever have the feeling of being alone in the wild, and you’ll have to listen to some pretty banal conversations from some basic hikers on the trail. No one on one time with the vortex here. However, in the beginning or as end of the trail you can take a slight detour and climb a vortex point. You can actually climb to the very top of the lower one and have some QT time with the vortex there cause 99% of the people wont climb up. There it is amazing, and one of the best vortex experiences I had in Sedona.

Steep climb and great views. Love it.

snow! what a wonderful hike.

hiking
19 days ago

The hike is amazing and can be challenging to get to the top. A few false peaks can dampen your spirits and the steep sections can push your legs to the limits. My 11 year old daughter made it all the way to the top and back down in under 3 hours. It was not easy but very fun.

Went to the end of trail and the hike just started. Carry forward up the mountain along the trail for another half mile or so. Awesome sites

Great hike for toddlers but don’t expect to take them up the scramble at the end for the view. Lots of people, half children, Christmas week.

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike - recommend bringing hiking poles to really enjoy it. The false peaks tricked us on the way up but we were rewarded with snow falling at the top!

Would love to do again on a clear day. Highly recommended.

Great view at the top

Pretty easy intro hike especially nice In the red rock. Portion. As it flattens out into the canyon it is less interesting and more monotonous. It can get crowded but is convenient if you’re staying at the Enchantment resort.

hiking
21 days ago

Very mellow hike with huge payoff at the end! Travel inside the canyon and the foliage was beautiful. The short climb at the end is well worth it, but wear solid hiking shoes or coming down will be tricky.

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike for the family. Moderately crowded trail. At the end of the trail, I would recommend climbing up the rocks for a marvelous view you wouldn’t get while on the paved trail.

First part you’re just walking above/ next to a bunch of homes. The second part is down in a valley floor with trees obscuring the views. Not worth the time.

I like a bit of a workout when hiking, especially if the rewards are as great as they were on this trail - my favorite out of 5 I've done in Sedona. Spectacular views, each "peak" had its own. I loved the lack of tourist traffic, too - only proper hikers on this one. Took just over 4 hours altogether. Will happily return

Excellent workout and great views. Definitely worth it.

Hard hike due to elevation but amazing views. Not for the faint of heart. Keep a look out for the white markers and you will you follow the trail easily. It took us 4 hours to do the hike but we stopped a lot for pictures and calling family to wish them a Merry Christmas.

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