Brins Mesa Trail To Jordan Cibola Pass Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Flagstaff: Drive 27 miles south on US 89A to Sedona and turn west (right) on Jordan road. Follow it about a mile to the trailhead. Or continue through Sedona to Dry Creek Road, turn north about a mile to Vultee Arch Road (FR 152) and north about 2.5 miles to the Soldier's Pass trailhead. It's a mile and half hike to the Brins Mesa Trail intersection. The last 1/4 mile of Jordan Road and all 3 miles of FR 152 can be a bit rough.
Hiked this with my wife. We took the Cibola pass instead of the full Jordan loop. We left around 9:30am and took the Brins Mesa up. It was a challenging hike for us because there was little shade cover. We probably would have stopped to take in the views more often but the trail was very crowded. (It was Easter weekend.) Also, the helicopter tours seem to follow the trail so it could be a little noisy. The way back down Soliders Pass was more enjoyable, especially because of the more varied terrain and the shade cover. I should mention that both Soldier's pass and (I think) parts of Jordan have mountain bikers on them. We had thought about extending our hike to do Jordan's but we found we were tired and it was hot, so we took Cibola pass home. Cibola was a somewhat challenging but enjoyable final leg to the journey that wasn't as crowded. We also saw a horned toad, which was cool. We're both in pretty good shape, in our 30s, for reference. This might be too challenging for a child under about 5 or 6.
Pros: beautiful views, varied terrain, shade cover on Soldier's pass, wildflowers, good workout
Cons: helicopter tours, very busy trail with little solitude on the weekend, and mountain bikers on Soldier's Pass
We took Soldiers Pass to Brins Mesa - a great hike and the views are amazing! Cibola Pass to Jordan Trail was a great path back to the parking lot.
It has been our go to trail in Sedona over the winter, the views are really great! Not a difficult trail but makes for a very fun and relaxing day out in nature. You get some varied terrain from rolling and very well maintained trail through the woods and a little climbing up to the mesa which is where the views get really cool. It's an easy climb and the mesa itself is a treat. We have done it in both directions and find starting out on the Brins Mesa trail gives you the best views and less crowds. Easy trail but an enjoyable distance!