Explore the most popular rock climbing 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.

23 hours ago

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.

Beautiful hike! Amazing views

This hike is very challenging but well worth it to see the spectacular views! Not meant for shoes that have no grip.

4 days ago

There is one part where it's bad, but it's the only place that it is that bad. Otherwise I was not scrambling.

This trail gets 5 stars because the views along the way and the view at the top is totally worth it - but it is definitely a difficult trail. I would consider it more rock-climbing as there are multiple places where I was crawling on my hands/knees. I took my 60 pound boxer and had to lift him up/down in a couple spots. Even if you're in shape, the elevation changes so quickly it gets hard to breathe - my suggestion is take a couple breaks along on the way up and enjoy the views!

Awesome hike up...views along the way are fantastic. We came in via Yavapai trail head and hiked Slim Shady to Templeton to get to bottom of Cathedral Rock Trail. We didn't do the Templeton loop and just backtracked so round trip it was 11km for the whole trip. Slim Shady and Templeton were easy and very few people.

6 days ago

Fantastic trail. Wife thought because distance was short it would be easy. Be prepared!

We went 2 days ago, and it is definitely a hard trail. Some spots we were using all fours to climb. So worth it at the top. Windy and somewhat cold so bring that extra layer, hat, and gloves to keep warm.

on Cathedral Rock Trail

8 days ago

This is amazing, it took me about 1 hour to climb the view was AMAZING I really enjoyed this and I want to do this again!

8 days ago

Clearly marked trail with great views from the top. Highly recommend it!

A fun, short, but steep hike! Beautiful views at the top, my favorite vortex in Sedona!

11 days ago

Moderate hike. Awesome view. We caught sunset up there and it was beautiful!!

12 days ago

So rad! Bring some cardio to this one. Try not stopping and climbing with no hands! We did it! So can you! lol

12 days ago

Favorite trail in Sedona! Especially from the Baldwin connection.

This trail is at some places tricky, but at the end, it is breathtaking!!! Hope I can do it again!

Hard but a must see! I lost my sunglasses on the way up, when coming back it was sitting on trail rock piers! Many thanks to hike mates!

A hike with great views and too many people. Its short, but I was rushing and taking too many leaps over people that my old ankle gave out. A lesson in sprained ankle therapy.

A quick hike that is worth the trip!

My favorite hike in Sedona! I’ve lived here for over 6 years and Cathedral Rock is my favorite!

Did this hike a few days ago. Beautiful views when you reach the top. Pretty exposed most of the time so try to go earlier or later in the day to avoid the sun directly beating down on you.

Really fun to scramble up and down the rock faces. Definitely recommend good, grippy hiking shoes. Beautiful views at the top.

If you don’t mind an extra three miles (~1.5 out and back) and want to avoid the crowds at the Cathedral Rock parking lot, start at the Baldwin trailhead and take Baldwin to Templeton to Cathedral Rock.

I would definitely go back without my dog. He is a tall Doberman mix and couldn’t make it up the mountain, and if you do continue once it gets steep, expect to use all 4 limbs to climb up Cathedral Rock trail. The part of the trail where it splits off into 2 different trails, still had great views though. There ended up being an easier trail we were able to take our dog on called “Easy Breezy Trail” ...this one seemed more for the mountain bikers, but it is easy for anyone not really wanting to do a steep hike. Parking was very limited. We had to wait about 10 minutes before one opened.

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.

One area was challenging for a first timer, but the views are well worth it.

It’s tough, but worth it!

Incredible view! Worth the hike

Easy hike with beautiful views!!

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