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Located in northern Arizona, Coconino National Forest is a 1.856-million acre forest that surrounds Sedona and Flagstaff . It is one of the most diverse National Forests in the country with landscapes varying from Red rock, southwestern desert, ponderosa pine forests, alpine tundra, and ancient volcanic peaks. Coconino National Forest borders other nearby National Forests, including the Prescott National Forest, Tonto National Forest, and Kaibab National Forest. The park also encompasses portions of ten wilderness areas. The park is divided into three different districts, the Flagstaff District, the Red Rock District, and the Mogollon Rim District . Each of the districts contains its own unique landscapes and environments. The Flagstaff district contains Arizona's highest peak, Humphreys Peak, which is part of the San Francisco Peaks, and the San Francisco Volcanic Field. In this district you will find lava fields and underground lava tubes, including Lava River Cave. Mormon Lake can be found at the southern portion of the district, as well as Ashurst Lake and Marshall Lake, which are located along the Anderson Mesa. The Anderson Mesa is best known for the Lowell Observatory. The Red Rock district sits near Sedona and contains the canyons, mesas, and famous red rock formations Sedona is known for. The most notable sights include Devil's Bridge and Cathedral Rock. This district also contains Oak Creek Canyon, which is one of the most popular attractions within Coconino National Forest. Oak Creek Canyon has a beautiful display of fall foliage, making autumn an excellent time to visit. The Mogollon Rim District is the last district and is located along the Mogollon Rim, which marks the southern boundary of the Colorado Plateau. The Mogollon Rim District is dominated by ponderosa pine forest and contains some small lakes and streams. The forest offers something for all outdoor enthusiasts, whether you are looking for hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, or mountain biking. The forest is also great for nature lovers, as it home to a diverse body of wildlife including birds, amphibians, fish, reptiles, and mammals such as black bears and elk.

NOT DOG FRIENDLY. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Overall a fantastic trail but I would highly recommend leaving your pets at home for this one. Bell Rock is much more pet friendly.

hiking
1 day ago

Loved it! I recorded 8mi RT somehow. Didn’t realize this is the hike to “the crack” great cliff jumping at the end! The water feels great!!!
The hike itself I would say is pretty moderate. Has some incline, but nothing strenuous. My dog did it just fine. It was “monsoon” weekend. It drizzled the whole day with humidity in the mid to low 80s-ish. I would definitely do it again!

Go before 9am to beat the heat and the crowds. Expect to do some climbing, so shoes with a good tread are needed.
Views at the top are very worth the effort of the short climb/hike!!!

The bridge is an awesome site to behold! Breath taking view!

We were able to park in the main lot and started our hike on the Dry Creek Rd. trail, which adds to the overall length of the hike.

Dry Creek Rd has an off shoot trail that joins the Devil's Bridge trail about 2/3 the way down the unpaved, rocky road that leads to the trail head.

As others have posted, majority of the hike is in the sun, so hydration is critical.

Once you near the top, you must ascend rock formation stairs up to the bridge area.

Our wait to go on the bridge was short, but we past a lot amount of hikers on the way back down.

Plan your hike early in the AM, to avoid the large groups and the heat of the day!

This hike is definitely hard and for people who are pretty fit and limber. It’s very steep and parts and you need to go down on feet and hands. The view is gorgeous at the top. We’re in our thirties and it took us a little over an hour with a few breaks on the way up. Make sure to walk across the top of the trail head and come down on “the female side”. Really fun and you’re standing the middle with the red rocks all around you. Stunning. We got there at 6:45am and there were already five cars in the lot. It was far more crowded on our way down. Recommend getting there bright and early!

hiking
2 days ago

We went in the evening when it was cooler. Amazing colors as sun went down with beautiful panoramic vistas. Definitely worth the challenge. Follow white trail markers to stay on trail. Wear good shoes for hiking on rocks.

Hiked Solider’s Pass to the sink hole to 7 Pools and went on to find the caves. My only complaint is that the trail is not very well marked. At times I felt a little lost but relied on the downloaded map to get me along. I had to ask fellow hikers for directions a time or two as well. Compared to other popular trails in Sedona, this trail was very clean (free of trash, not a lot of dog droppings). It was lightly trafficked- there were a few other cars parked in the dirt lot when I arrived at 8:00am and I only passed a few groups of hikers the whole day (I got back to my car around 5:00pm). I would definitely hike it again. Bring water and sun screen, as there is not a lot of tree shade.

I am deathly afraid of heights. About halfway up I sat down and was visibly shaking. Once you get past deep V shaped crevice (at about the halfway point) it was smooth hiking to the top. I was very worried about the descent, but honest to God, it was a cake walk!!! The climb was WAY worth it. Unbelievable views!!! My husband and I agree that it is a little more advanced than it is rated. We did see little kids doing this hike.

Loved this trail. Took us about 2.5 hours. Quiet, serene, and relatively flat. Highly recommend for all ages!

This was a only rocky, Annoying rocky dirt road. no skill required, no interesting features to climb over, it was a waste of time to drive on it if you are looking to do real off road trail driving.

mountain biking
4 days ago

I revise my rating up to 5 stars because the trail since winter dried out and is much better. Did two loops today in record time.
https://www.strava.com/activities/1645468028

Always a good hike, gets your heart rate up and I love to scramble up the rocks. The app says moderate but I really think they need to change it to hard. Even though I have been hiking for years on this mountain it still gives me some trouble at times. One wrong step or a slip you are down the mountain in a jiffy. I always go past the “end of trail” sign to the left and climb another Little Rock formation and then over to the other side. That is a 660 ft elevation gain and from the parking lot up and back it is 1.6 miles and takes about an hour. I stop and take pictures along the way to catch my breathe. My favorite hike because it is quick but hard and the views are stunning.

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike! Very few switch backs. Straight up grind. Took 45 lb backpack. One of the mist technical in Sedona area.

Great hike with beautiful views. Hike was not 6 miles. It was just under 5 miles. I would rate this hike as moderate vs. easy. We are experienced Sedona hikers and this hike is at least as challenging as Doe mountain which is rated moderate.

This app helped us stay on the correct trails. There are quite a few that intersect and can get a little confusing. We stopped and played in the creek for a while ... it was nice to cool off. I will definitely do this hike again.

Beautiful, hot, fun hike~! Be ready to get dirty, scramble and bring LOTS of h20 for yourself and your pup~!! PS. Don't forget your sunscreen's~! (Yes, they make sunscreen for our four-legged hikers too. ;)

hiking
7 days ago

The hike was nice. I would rate 3.5 stars. We began at 845am and there was one other car in the lot. The weather was overcast and mid-80s. The clouds were critical as everyone in this thread is right - very little shade and if the sun is out, it'll be beating down on you. The first half of the hike is not that great, pretty simple flat trail. The second half gets much better with some elevation change and beautiful views. The swimming hole around the 3.5-mile mark was also excellent and refreshing. We had the place to ourselves. On our trek back out we passed many people and the lot was nearly full. Get there early on a weekday (if possible) to beat the crowds.

Easy going, very crowded... pictures and time was worth it.

hiking
7 days ago

Didn't have a huge truck or ATV and arrived around 10:30 am on a Saturday so had to park on the side of the main road and walk all of the way to the trailhead, but it also offers some great scenic views and can be a good workout. The hike to the top was definitely worth it. There was a bit of climbing using all limbs, but that is a very small portion of the trail near the top. Great photo op and bring lots of water!

The trail is well-marked and gorgeous, but do NOT try to scale and summit Bell Rock. The trail leading to the south side is washed out, and leaves maybe 1-2 ft from the edge of the cliff circling back around to the north on the right side of the rock. Stay on the north side.

hiking
8 days ago

Let me start by saying app says this trail is moderate, it’s a bit above that. There are parts where your on all fours going up and on your butt coming down. Saw quite a few people not finishing because it was a bit too difficult for them. That being said it was a fun trail, with excellent views. Not a long trail, but the quick elevation is a workout. Bring extra water, and get to the top. It’s worth the blisters.

on Devils Bridge Trail

hiking
8 days ago

amazing place really easy hike

Great vantage point for the sunrise! I hiked up here at about 4:30 am to catch the 5:15 sunrise. You can see the sun crest over in the east and its rays shining on Sedona to the west. Pretty easy hike with a few areas of smooth rock. Manageable and worth it for the sunrise. I got to the top and was the only one!

Holy cow! By far the hardest hike I've ever done (disclaimer, I don't typically do super serious hikes), but well worth it. I am a relatively able-bodied, 30 y/o woman and I solo hiked this in just under 5 hours. It was HARD! I took a leisurely pace and stopped frequently on the way up for water, shade, photos, and to reapply sunscreen. It took about 2.5 hours to get up; I spent about 45 minutes at the top; and 2 hours-ish to get back down. Don't let the false summits fool you—there are a few. You'll think you've made it but there's further to go until you literally can't go any further! I started at 6:45 am (about an 1.5 hours after sunrise) and the trail was full sun for about 20 minutes, then I caught a 30-minute or so section with sporadic shade. Other than that, the trail is almost entirely in the sun. I brought 2+ liters of water and drank the entire thing! I brought some snacks (which I told myself I couldn't eat until I reached the top =P). Definitely bring sunscreen, bug repellent (the flies mean business!), some wet wipes, blister tape, etc. For the nearly 5 hours that I was on the trail, I saw NO ONE! I lost the trail on a few occasions but noticed immediately—it would be hard to wander too far from the trail, it's well marked.

hiking
8 days ago

Most of the hike is easy. However there is almost no shade on the trail and it’s HOT!! Bring lots of water! Especially if there are no clouds in the sky like it was when we went.

Once you start getting towards the end it gets a little more challenging, but there are pretty good steps. The bridge is an incredible sight to see!

Depending on the time you go it can be pretty crowded, or not too bad.

on Airport Loop Trail

hiking
9 days ago

Easy hike, some solid views in several locations

on Devils Bridge Trail

hiking
9 days ago

Really boring hike with minimal challenge. Had wait 25-30 people to get on the bridge...so it’s a bit slow and crowded

on Cathedral Rock Trail

hiking
9 days ago

Tough to avoid crowds but great scenery all the way up and at the top.

hiking
9 days ago

Did this a week ago and it was great! Easy enough for a beginner to complete without a problem!

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