Explore the most popular birding trails in Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
18 hours ago

I echo the Apple Maps problem. Even after reading the reviews I still missed the turn off and immediately saw that the route was inaccurate. Make sure to watch out for the turn off when you get 1.5 miles away from the trailhead. The hike up the trail was pretty easy but the spot where you are supposed to go right and head toward the cave is not well identified. I used the All Trails app to navigate when to turn off and it worked perfect. Once we got to the rock we did find that the only path in to the cave was a trail that leads you to walk around the side of a rock that looks worse than it is. But this was the only path to get in to the cave. The views once you get there are awesome, great pictures, and just very peaceful. Well worth the long drive. This was our last hike before traveling back home and we couldn't have picked a better one. Highly recommend!!

hiking
2 days ago

Loved this trail! So scenic the entire time! A little longer of a hike than the trail map says. It’s about an 8.4 mile hike in and out.

Such an awesome and varied hike! You cross over a creek 13 times, overlooking canyons. It’s one of the best hikes I’ve ever been on. It offers something for everyone - trees, water, beautiful birds, fish, the canyons I already mentioned and so much more. It’s also quite shaded which is quite different than other hikes around here. Only negative thing is this hike can be crowded, even on a weekday. Still worth it!

Did the standard out and back a while ago in July. Amazing sights, not tough at all. Stunning the deeper you get. Planning a through hike soon to see the rest.

hiking
7 days ago

Just loved it. So beautiful. When you get to the end if you’re feeling adventurous you can just continue on through the canyon, without getting wet, the water must have been low when I went. It just gets better and better as you continue, with each turn in the canyon. :-)

hiking
9 days ago

This was such a beautiful hike. I loved every second. Come early! There’s a line of cars usually on the weekends.
Great for people of all hiking levels (even kiddos!). I wouldn’t say everyone can necessarily make it to the end but you really don’t have to go the whole way to experience the magic ✨.

Enjoyed the trail. Scenery is beautiful as you wind your way back into the canyon. A few ups and downs in elevation, but nothing major. I recommend it!

hiking
12 days ago

This trail is beautiful, mildly challenging, and it is definitely worth the 6.8-7 mile hike! You can enjoy a little bit of everything on this trail. Make sure you hike to the end where the canyon narrows...it is breathtaking and most people hiking the trail turn around before they make it this far.

hiking
17 days ago

Going to the trail, stay on Sycamore Trail, do not follow the deviation off Sycamore that Apple Maps shows. Good amount of parking at the trail start.

Hike up the dirt road to the the red mountain on your right. The trail goes down and then up to the cave. Just before you reach the cave there is a very narrow and steep area to cross.

The cave inside is big and has awesome views! This hike was better than I expected. Worth the 45 minute drive from Sedona to do it.

hiking
18 days ago

I love this trail! We went on a Sunday during Spring Break, so the trail wasn't empty. We had to park down the road actually, the parking lot was full. But the stream was beautiful and a refreshing place to pause for a snack before continuing on to finish the hike.

hiking
19 days ago

This a beautiful hike with multiple creek crossings. In the afternoons it is well shaded so perfect for when the weather gets warmer. No major inclines. You need to be in line waiting for a parking spot when the park opens or wait till the afternoon if you want a spot. $10 cash or check to get in - no debit cards.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful. Such a nice change from the red rocks (although those trails a beautiful too!) it’s a trail for anyone really. Even if you can’t make the whole trail and back it’s lovely all the way so you can’t lose! [And no mountain bikers ;-)]

I ended up on the Outlaw OHV trail due to my map directions. Yes, I did read the reviews prior to going. There was no sign for sycamore pass road. I ended up on the OHV trail in my SUV, which was not the best idea. I turned around since I still had 5 miles of crazy terrain to go without any directions. Bummed

Such a cool trail. An easy rocky road up to the head, which isn’t marked well. A down and up that looses you near the left ha d turn to the cave. There are a couple of arrows scratched on rocks to point the way. The views where amazing and the cave is super cool. You can climb to the top of the hill as well for some great views.

hiking
25 days ago

This was one of the best hikes our family has done in Sedona. We have two boys (4 & 7) and they enjoyed every moment! We were only able to make it half way due to starting late in the day, but it was perfect from the start with all of the lavender in blossom and learning about the old lodge that once stood there with a small little cave and a old chicken coop (we think). The path that lead to amazing views of the red rocks that look like waves was spectacular. We wish we had enough time to complete the entire hike, but we will definitely be back to finish it one day.

hiking
29 days ago

Even though this trail can get crowded and a bit backed up at every creek crossing, it is still probably my favorite hike in the area. It is truly a magical place filled with ferns and blossoming wildflowers in the spring and gorgeous red and yellow leaves on the trees in the fall. It’s a great hike to do when it’s too hot for most of the wide open sunny trails in Sedona. Here, you are in a beautiful canyon surrounded by majestic mountains, most of which is shaded by the forest trees. Highly recommend this hike but it can take basically all day, especially if you explore around the bend of the creek after the trail ends. Be prepared to get your shoes wet if you do! It’s worth it!

Awesome hike on Sunday April 22nd. Not too warm yet but getting pretty close. If you want to do this hike, do it soon otherwise best bet is going to be whenever summer ends... Who knows when that will be here in AZ!

hiking
1 month ago

Very different terrain. Easy trail with lots of shade. Total time 3.5 hours. Great way to avoid the sun.

on West Fork Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Breathtaking views! This was the perfect escape from the AZ heat in the valley. Plenty of shade on this trail with an abundance of water for play. Our pup loved it! Get there early because the parking lot does fill up fast. Easy, fun and beautiful hike...for all ages.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views! Not strenuous, but a nice length.. Opens at 8:00am and there is a line to get in, so arrive early. Morning hikiers should dress in layers, can be chilly, but warms up fast. Bring water shoes for continue past the trail end. Worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

It was wonderful. So beautiful and the mountain air is exquisite. Did the whole thing with our husky and bulldog mix. They loved it and the trail isn't as rough on their paws as the other trails in Sedona which are red rock mostly.

This trail is awesome and for the most part, very easy. There is a very narrow ledge at the top to access the cave but the view is spectacular from the cave. We did see some other people along the trail but we had a half hour to ourselves when we got to the top.

on West Fork Trail

1 month ago

Great hike with awesome scenery, plenty of river wading for the pup, and a secluded lunch spot if you wade around bend after the trail ends.

Great views from the Roost!! DO NOT follow the directions on the app to the trailhead. The directions lead you to an ATV trail. Stay on Sycamore Pass Road when you arrive to a sign that reads end of maintained road. Sycamore Pass road is maintained. The trailhead is not clearly marked which is not the apps fault. Once on the trail the beginning of the hike is up a rocky road. The end of the hike is not marked correctly. Make sure to stay to the left and go around the rocks to see and enter the roost. Again great views just not well marked.

Very nice trail. The trailhead opens at 8am and I’d suggest getting there early or you’ll need to wait for people to leave. Be prepared for a bit of accidental splashing and possible damp feet. It was worth a couple of damp toes.

This is one of my top 10 trails! Absolutely beautiful! Canyon walks change with every turn. Went beyond the end point for extra scenery. It was amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail.. well marked and beautiful at every turn. Be sure to go on to the very end of the Canyon. There the walls of the Canyon surround you and the creek runs through. Soft trail with some climbing and navigating of creek crossing. Crossed the creek 28 times in all.

Always hard to get a parking spot, and never a disappointed hike!

1 month ago

Very beautiful hike featuring Sedona’s iconic red rock cliffs, gorgeous riparian areas, pine trees, and flowing water. The only bummer is the wait to get in and the crowds... so be early. It’s fabulous from beginning to end! My gps clocked 7.5 miles but we went a little past the end of the maintained trail, which I would recommend doing if you wanna see more beauty of the creek and narrow red rock walls. Super easy hike to do for all ages and dogs. Took about 4 hrs with frequent stops for pictures.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike! Crosses the very shallow creek many times and it's easy to get your feet wet, but that was my favorite part of the trail (as well as the very end). Make sure to wear shoes you don't mind getting dirty/wet and maybe extras to put on at the end. Keep in mind parking is very limited so you will probably have to wait for parking spaces to open up. Cash only entry.

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