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1 day 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.

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!

5 days ago

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

5 days ago

Difficult road to travers to the actual trail head unless you have an all wheel drive vehicle. We walked the road to the TH and the trail itself is not long but steep and appearing not formerly maintained. The hike is sleek with rock and covered in fallen leaves making it difficult to traverse in many areas. The pay off is well worth the jaunt with a beautiful falls. The drive to this falls is also splendid.

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.

Lots of fun. Beautiful views. Easy on the knees. Easy parking lot access.

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

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!

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.

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.

The views are awesome, but the road was horrible. We have a Jeep and didn’t encounter any problems. However, it’s difficult to enjoy the views when you’re having to concentrate on driving.

off road driving
18 days ago

Absolutely the only way to see such majestic parts of Sedona. Very fun dropping it into 4 wheel low in a couple areas.

Absolutely gorgeous! made it to the white locked fence easily thanks to the directions of *always staying to the left and down hill * directions once turn off of Crooked Finger Rd. Took second trail as stated below with Abbey Foundation sign and it was a quick hike in staying left once we hit the river.
Definitely going back once every season this next year !

Completed 10-8-18
Went in the dark, still a fun hike

20 days ago

This was my first time up the trail, and let me just say, the views are absolutely breathtaking. There were other hikers but it wasn’t over-trafficked which awesome because it led to some great conversations on the trail.

Make sure you bring an abundance of water since it is a fairly grueling hike. There are plenty of opportunities to catch your breath, rehydrate and take in some scenery.

I highly recommend this hike!

beautiful trail, took lots of pictures

Beautiful scenery! Loved the hike

25 days ago

My friend and I did this hike on Saturday (10/13). We started our trek around 10 am and arrived back at the trailhead close to 1 pm (even though it says on the trail sign that it takes 5 hours to complete).

We lucked out that morning with just a few clouds in the sky and a pleasant temperature of around 65 degrees.

However, the weather changed quite drastically as we reached the summit, and it rained for the duration of our descent. We were actually the very last people on the mountain, as everyone else either started early or turned back before the storm closed in. This could have been a somewhat treacherous trek down with the amount of exposure and slick rock we had to traverse, but we managed to make it down unharmed, as we were patient and took our time.

We were absolutely SOAKED once we got back to our vehicle, but it was well worth it! This is definitely quite the challenging hike, as it is not just a straight up incline to the top, but takes you on a roller coaster ride of inclines and descents that really wears you down as the trail progresses.

This is a phenomenal hike that provides you with magnificent views of the Sedona valley the whole way up! I would highly recommend this trek for all experienced hikers who are looking for a challenge and a way to escape the crowds.

Tip: Make sure you pay the $5 park entrance fee at the lot across the street from the trail in order to enter the Red Rock State Park.

One of the best viewing hikes we’ve ever done near Sedona. Challenging yet some parts were easy. A few Rock scrambles and some incredible vistas to be seen from such a high elevation. It took us 5 hours and we stopped up top to eat our lunch. Greatly appreciated the white markers on the rocks.Amazing and be sure to pack lots of water. Not much shade on this hike . We started at 9:30 am and were happy to have some cloudy parts to the day. Enjoy!

It’s relatively easy to go off trail. Pay attention to the paint markers!

28 days ago

Awesome trail. Tricky in some spots as markers are not very clear. Breath taking view from the top makes it all worth it. Bring plenty of water to hydrate.


nice trail, lots of great views all along the trail plus variability in the terrain. takes longer than you think - the highest point you see from the trailhead is only half the distance and half the altitude of the mountain.

Easy hike, perfect for morning. We got a little lost when we hit the creek bed area but as another person mentioned on here, it was easy to wind our way back on to a well-worn path. Nice views, loved our photos, even on a cloudy day!

off road driving
1 month ago

Pretty fun drive, required a little bit of attention in some places. Took it from the i17 down into Sedona and it only started to get bumpy after Vista Point. Used 4hi the whole way since it was pretty muddy after a big rainstorm but I can see it being no problem in 2wd on a normal dry day. Watch out for the Pink Jeep tours they drive like jerks. We got on the trail about 9am and got through most before seeing the tour jeeps. Good 2 hour cruise with constant stopping for pictures

My brother & I drove ALL the way here for nothing...
We can hike like beasts and navigate well but once we got about 1/2 way done with the hike, your just left stranded and guessing.
there's a HUGE lack of signs and you just get lead to an open area of complete confusion.
We tried to find the right trail using the description but had no luck at all.
We tried to find the right way for an hour or two and just said screw all of this and packed it home.
If you want to waste your time... Come Up To This Trail!

1 month ago

glad we did it, it was beautiful

Quick trail and pretty trail. You lose the trail markers up towards coffee pot rock so follow the stream bed and you will connect back on it again. We
Ran into a few people and everyone was asking what happened to the tail as well. This app was great for putting us back on track, although it’s open enough to figure it out regardless.
We combined this with Fay Canyon and did shirt easy hikes on account of the weather being rainy.

Trail was amazing and not overly crowded for a Saturday. If it’s a windy day like ours was I would recommend leaving your top on since it took hours to clean out that red dirt. The steps look more intimidating when you watch someone else go down, but I rode it will downhill assist in first gear and never touched the brakes. Scenery is outstanding.

1 month ago

Difficult but incredibly rewarding trail. We did this at the end of September on a mid-80s day and it took us 4.25 hours with several stops for peanut butter sandwiches and shade sitting. We got off the trail momentarily a few times, so just keep your eyes peeled for the white painted chevrons. Like many other reviewers have said, there are a few heartbreaking false summits but they’re just part of the adventure :)

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