Apache Maid Trail is a 9.6 mile out and back trail located near Rimrock, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until November.
Directions from Flagstaff: Drive 40 miles south on Interstate 17. Leave the interstate at the AZ 179 interchange. Turn east under the highway and drive about 1.5 miles east to the Beaver Creek Ranger Station turnoff. Turn north about a quarter mile to the parking lot and trailhead.
The Apache Maid Trail is located in Sedona AZ, on FR 618 for 2 miles to FR 618A. The trailhead for the Bell Trail is about 0.25 miles at the end of this road. Along with my sons Ron and Bob, we made this hike on a fine June day. About 2 miles down the Bell Trail, take the left fork (Apache Trail), climbing high above the Wet Beaver Creek. Once you reach the rim the trail becomes indistinct. We explored the area for a little and then returned back to the car. The outstanding thing about this hike was the great views and the miles of lava walls covered in Prickly Pear Cactus. Another great hike.