Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Coconino National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Great hike. The trail is very rocky and rugged, steep in many places. Hard hike. The chalk mark arrows are great. Many paths up there. The arrows gave you the best route. Spectacular views

hiking
1 day ago

Excellent trail!

Nice little hike early in the morning. Fairly level and smooth; few rocky areas. Lots of parking.

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rocky
2 days ago

Good hike! Glad we did the recommend counter-clockwise direction. have to love the GPS track with just my phone that obviously doesn't have good GPS signal!

hiking
2 days ago

Fantastic hike! First couple of miles are sorta boring, but once you get past the fork in the road going towards Weir trail, things get good. Some spectacular views as well as a refreshing watering hole at the end. It does start to get kind of steep at times, but we are moderate hikers and were able to complete it with little difficulty.

hiking
2 days ago

2 hours steady climbing to the Sedona viewpoint. Quite a rocky track and some loose scree, so some of the walking was hard underfoot. Stunning views all the way. About 30 mins (one way) to the Canyon overlook - again, stunning views and well worth the extra time and effort. As I sat admiring the Canyon, a medium-sized tarantula appeared from under my foot, so that gave me an adrenaline boost for the return trip. Round trip took 5 and a half hours, including breaks.

We wanted to get somewhere more remote and off the usual beaten path from Sedona, so we chose this hike. Perhaps I’m unfairly comparing it to West Fork, but I was very underwhelmed. The swimming holes are very nice and quite lovely, but the rest of the hike was fairly boring. Would be better in October when the colors are more vibrant I’m sure. Was also quite a bit more crowded than expected, as we passed a couple dozen people at least. Unless you are local to the area, I’d skip this one if just in Sedona for a visit. (It was good for our dogs and they enjoyed the water).

hiking
2 days ago

The trail along the floor of the canyon is nice, well marked and touristy. The path up to the arch is not marked or shown on their map. I used All Trails. The Arch was great. You can get on top by going to the right from the arch opening. Overall great views

hiking
2 days ago

Fun trail for all skill levels. Looks like it would be fun to trail run as well.

was a great trail. would recommend filling counterclockwise. about 2 miles of strenuous climbing

I went here on the advice of some one I met in AZ. It is a campground, not really a trail. Im sure there is/are a trail(s) but I just went up to the lookout tower (which was not worth it) and messed around on the outcroppings near an empty camp site. this gets 5 stars because if you haven't seen it before, prepare to visit a land that time forgot. it is truly anamazing spectacle. not really the end of the world, but resembles the beginning. worth the drive.

Awesome Trail-you do have to hike in a little but of sand once your in the canyon, also theres a lot of creek crossings so beware of where you put your feet there was a lot of unstable rocks. When i went which was in early november, the creek was pretty deep during the crossing, but at the campsite i put my body in and it wasn’t that cold. Very beautiful and i highly recommend!!

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no shade
3 days ago

As others have mentioned, the first couple miles are pretty but nothing unusual. However when you start to climb the left canyon wall, everything gets much better as Wet Beaver Creek appears in the valley below you and the view down the canyon is amazing. The fall colors were spectacular! The true payoff is at the end of the trail when you can climb out on the rocks and relax with all the water around you. It was a pleasure to be on a trail that was clearly marked the entire way, making it easy to stay on track and not end up somewhere other than I planned to be.

hiking
3 days ago

Took this trail on a whim when I got to town. A nice route, decent for trail running.

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rocky
3 days ago

Amazing view at the top. Elevation gain was spread out, so it was a pretty steady uphill climb with hairpin turns the whole way up. Rocky, but no scrambling required. Amazing view from both sides of the summit. There’s a fork at the top with a trail sign directing you towards the Sedona view versus the Canyon view. Canyon view was a little bit more of an extra hike, but no further uphill was really required. I summited and saw both views with a 2L water pack, but wish I had just a bit more. The entire hike took under six hours, about 2 hours up, about an hour/hour and a half at the top, and 2 or so hours down. Started around 8:30AM, mid/late November so weather started in the 50s, ended low 70s.

The trail along the floor of the canyon is nice, well marked and touristy. The path up to the arch is not marked or shown on their map. I used All Trails. The Arch was great. You can get on top by going to the right from the arch opening. Overall great views

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rocky
3 days ago

Great incline and steady decline. I love loop trails! Was able to see all 4 directions and on top of the summit was beautiful!

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scramble
3 days ago

A very dog and kid friendly trail! We arrived just after 9 and the trail was very quiet. Well maintained trail and very sandy for the most part. At the end of the trail if you scramble up the rocks you can keep going on your own. The view from up there is amazing! We couldn’t find the arch though which was a bummer. All in all great trail, would definitely recommend to all skill levels.

Completed 11/10/2019: Definitely the way to get to Devils Bridge if you want to avoid the crowds. And honestly much more scenic and enjoyable. We did a sunrise hike to avoid the crowds and we were so happy we did. The parking lot was almost full by that time. And about 30 people at the bridge when we got there already. I can’t imagine what it is like during the day. Definitely worth it, especially if you can do it when away from the crowds. The trail itself was fairly easy. There is a bit of a scramble at the end to get to the bridge, but that is only about 0.25 miles long. Awesome place!

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rocky
scramble
3 days ago

Completed on 11/09/2019: Beautiful trail and much less traveled as we were the only ones in the trail! It definitely is a climb, which makes it fun. It’s not really overgrown. There are no real trail markers, we missed the trail at the second turn at the beginning, make sure you turn left to go up! There are some drawn arrows, but it looked like drawn in chalk. It was very helpful in the rocks. But it may not be there long. There are also areas with rock cairns to help with the way as well. The views over Sedona are amazing. Especially with the changing fall foliage in early November. If you enjoy a good climb and want to get away from the crowds, this is for you. Good boots are recommended due to the rockiness. And trekking poles would not help you here. (Looks like people tried before, based on all the scratches on the rocks). Be smart and enjoy!

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike up to Chicken Point.

We did this trail just after sunrise, very peaceful hike. We saw a lot of birds and heard woodpeckers. It is a easy hike on a sandy path. There are some rocks at the end to climb at the end of the maintained trail. The view is worth the climb at the end .

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fee
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Extremely fun, challenging hike. Amazing views and scenery throughout. My friend was able to complete it in running shoes, but said several times he wished he’d worn hikers. I wore a mid hiking boot and it worked great. Lots of steep and scramble portions. Trail is well marked by painted arrows. Be aware that there are several false peaks along the way—all have lovely views so if you’re thinking you don’t want to go all the way to the top, you’ll still be able to get lots of nice photos. There is a marker at the end signifying when you’ve made it to the summit. It took us about 2 hours to summit, and about 1.5 hours coming back down. I would absolutely recommend going early in the day and later in the year. I went mid-late November and the weather was fabulous; going early morning meant that we didn’t run into a lot of other groups, and there was plenty of space in the parking lot. Note that the trailhead parking lot is across the street from the actual Bear Mountain trailhead. There is a kiosk where you can purchase the Red Rocks pass at the parking lot for $5. The machine does take cards, and does not have any cash in the machine for change. If you want to keep hiking afterwards, Fay Canyon trail is right down the road from Bear Mountain and makes for an excellent cooldown, and is really fun to hike after you’ve looked down on it from above! It’s a very easy in and out without much elevation gain, and is 2 miles round trip.

We took this way to Devil’s bridge to avoid road walking. Upon inspection of dry creek road, we should have just driven our 4 wheel drive Lexus rx350 on it. We’ve been on much much worse roads without any problems. Anyways, this seems like the nicer hike in and it was. Through the desert, with good views. Sparsely populated. We did the hike at sunset, so we hiked back in the dark. It was very easy to follow the trail back to the mescal parking lot. Very peaceful. The only challenging part of the trail is a couple steep sections going up to the bridge. We did not bring our dogs for this reason, and are glad we left them at home. It’s a gorgeous setting, and the bridge is fantastic. It really isn’t narrow or scary at all, it’s cool to get right up to the edge and look down to the steep drop below. Be sure to hike the left trail fork going under the bridge as well, it’s cool to see it from below.

Great moderate trail up the mountain to the Mesa on top. Amazing views. The hike up is steep and rocky in a few places. We took our two dogs, one of which weighs over 100 pounds. There were a few places we had to help lift him up or belay him safely down, but it was very manageable and safe. Worth lingering at the top and doing the loop up there for views in every direction. We saw about a dozen people on the trail, parking lot was filled up when we left.

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