Make sure you take CIOlLA PASS trail from the parking lot trail head then to Jordan, then to soldier pass. It’s a lot shorter and if you take Jordan all the way around it’s really easy to get lost off trail.

Nice trail, took a while to find the path to the caves, but finally found it about 1.3 miles in. Trail up to the caves was intense and to get into the caves you have to climb up a large boulder. Views are awesome though all along the way! Pretty flat on the normal trail, path to the caves is pretty steep. Went around 5:30, took two hours, but didn’t go to the very end of the main trail since we were losing daylight. The gate closes at six, but is an automated gate that opens when you go up to it to exit.

Had a really nice run on this trail. There is one section that is pretty steep for a half mileish. Once you get up to the top of the Mesa the views are awesome in all directions

Definitely one of the most beautiful trails in Arizona. Recommend parking from Jordan Road and adding the extra mile to get to the trail. Last 1/4 mile of trail is confusing and not well marked, not much of a payoff going to the very end IMO. Best part of the trail is pulling off to find the secret caves on the East side.

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rocky
6 days ago

Great hike. Add 25 mins one way if you cannot get parking in the 12-16 parking spaces available since the neighbors have no parking on the street signs. I wish they provided more parking since it seems to be busier than what the parking lot size suggest.

Tips Will be my first time hiking this trail. I’m not an active hiker. Would like to visit the cave Any advice? Thanks in advance

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off trail
8 days ago

This was a fun hike. We were able to get a signal through the hike so used All Trails to make sure we didn’t miss the cutoff. There will be a fork, go right where you will see a metal Wilderness sign on a tree. Follow the cairns! Once you hit the cutoff and get past the mesa, the hike becomes a little difficult in that you gain elevation rather quickly and the trail isn’t as clear and well traveled as Soldiers Pass. Once we made it to the cave we got in on the right side. There are rocks as steps to use but then you need to climb and pull yourself up into the cave. My husband helped push me up, not sure if I would’ve been able to get in on my own. We did see a couple coming into the cave through the top left of the cave! Once in, it’s awesome and worth the work. Beautiful views from the cave!

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no shade
rocky
8 days ago

the messa on this trail is stunning and the pools are magical. I didn't see too many other people on the trail and it was flat for the most part (besides going up to the messa)

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bugs
10 days ago

Gorgeous trail. Love the views. Just wear some big spray early in the am (we started just before 8am today). Very quiet- more traffic around 10-(11am but way too hot to start at that time (95+ degrees today).

hiking
11 days ago

Fun trail! Parking is credit card only, be mindful of that. We went around 8am and it wasn’t too crowded. Very shaded which was super refreshing! The end was gorgeous. About 3 hours and 6.7 total distance :)

Highly recommend parking at Jordan Trailhead at Jordan Park (all the way at the end of Jordan Road). Daily fee was $5. Trails were amazing, as was the scenery. Highly recommend.

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no shade
15 days ago

Beautiful - highly recommend. Not very difficult, climb around the rocks to the cave is not dangerous. Scenery is unreal!

hiking
16 days ago

Fun easy hike, gradual incline, not a lot of shade, bathroom in the parking lot. parked at Jordan trailhead but wanted to go to Soldier's pass.

Nice this links to soldiers pass and as usual I am spontaneous once I get out had a camel pack needed more water. I didn’t bring pole but will next time. The sacred pools was a disappointment I was like “I walked for this”. The cave I ventured to was worth it.

Long desert forest hike. Plateau rock to climb at Mesa.

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fee
22 days ago

A nice hike with a good amount of shade.

Very pretty. This was my first hike in Sedona and it was a good introduction to the views but as a person who gets bored easily I’ve learned there are better hikes. However, the views are great and the second half takes you through a wooden shaded area. Overall it was pretty flat.

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rocky
24 days ago

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rocky
24 days ago

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fee
25 days ago

Beautiful trail with lots of shade. Gets busy fast, get there early. Look around the canyon as you hike. You might be surprised at what you see

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rocky
25 days ago

easy hike. 2.5 hrs round trip. I didn't think the end was overly impressive but with a good amount of shade a good option if looking for something closer to the afternoon. Bring at least 32oz of water and good hiking shoes.

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no shade
rocky
25 days ago

Awesome trail! Be warned that when you reach the top the trail you’re supposed to take (to the right) is not marked and there’s some branches covering it. If you come upon a large yellow rock you’ve gone the wrong way. Beautiful views, solid elevation gain.

hiking
26 days ago

Gorgeous hike. Nice stroll through red rocks, ponderosa pines, and dry creek bed bottoms. Little climb at the end to a gorgeous canyon overlook. Save this one for a hot day since a majority of it is shaded. We finished around 11:00 and it looked like it was getting busy. Lovely special place!

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