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Brins Mesa Trail to Jordan Cibola Pass Trail

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Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness

Brins Mesa Trail To Jordan Cibola Pass Trail is a 7.9 mile heavily 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.

Length 7.9 mi Elevation gain 1,115 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

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Views

Wild flowers

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Getting There

Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com

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.

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Rachel Matus
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HikingFee

We parked at Jordan trailhead and did Brins Mesa to Soldier Pass. Note: parking at Jordan trailhead is plentiful but it is a 1/2 mile or potholed road so if you have a sedan, drive slow. Once you are on Brins Mesa trail, about .5m in you will have steep elevation increase. Don’t forget to stop and look back as the views are amazing!! Once you plateau, catch your breath and marvel at the elevation gain and view. Continue onward to the Soldier Pass. Note the app will show you 2 options. “Long route”: Continue onward toward Brins Mesa and loop back to Soldier Pass - or take the immediate path to Solider Pass (shortcut). Don’t take the long route. It’s very poorly marked and very narrow and no benefit re views. Solider Pass will Be mostly downhill. 7 Sacred Pools was dry. Keep going, stop at the sinkhole. Take the Jordan Path as it links you to Cibola path which will end at the parking lot. Total round trip 7miles. Most people start at soldiers path and descent Brins. Next time we will try that but personally I liked getting the big elevation hike out of the way at the beginning.

Bryce Merry
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HikingRocky

We loved it! About 10% shaded so plenty of places to rest in shade. Phenomenal viewpoints and awesome things to stop and see along the way. Only a few sections require hands to help climb. Our Iwatch recorded 6.9 miles if you take the entire Soldier’s Pass (overgrown in some spots). Only complaint is that while trying to take S Pass back to Jordan counterclockwise, there are no signs and it is easy to take a wrong path

AllTrails User
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Hiking

Great trail! Bring lots of water there is not a lot of shade. My kids did it with us one of which is 7. Nothing to hard. Just long! Beautiful views all around!!

Lisa B.
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Early March - Did this loop clockwise from the Jordan trailhead to Soldier and then Brins. Recommend higher clearance vehicle to trailhead, there are some big holes but it is short. First part of Jordan is a climb then descent to the sinkhole and pools. Then a big climb up Soldiers to the top of the Mesa then down Brins. Final descent back toward trailhead is steep in spots. I saw a number of older hikers taking it slow. Poles help. Gorgeous scenery. Sedona Beer Co after for lunch was great!

Richard Balistreri
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John Anzalone
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Katherine Leto
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Hiking

Magnificent. Nice variety. Lots of shade (often "foresty"). Classic Sedona red rock scenery. I clocked it at 9.9km. Moderately busy on a beautiful Saturday. 4 cars in the parking lot at 8am. Full, with overflow onto the street when I left at 1:30.

Mary Brytowski
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Hiking

We loved the hike. The varied terrains kept us interested. Not too busy. Great length for a day’s hike. Will definitely do again.

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Sam Meisner
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Hiking

Nice loop trail from Brins Mesa to Soldier Pass to Cibola Pass. Fairly busy trails. One section is shared with MTB and jeeps. Overlook at Brins Mesa is great view of backcountry and city. Can be shorter than the listed mileage without doing extra leg of Brins Mesa.

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Kim Barr
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Hiking

Amazing trail with amazing views. Got to see the seven pools and the sink hole.

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Ashish Ranjan
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. There is a self pay machine at the trail head that accepts credit cards. Wouldn't recommend going all the way to the other (north)Brin's mesa trail head on FSR152 though as there is nothing much to see there. Turn around halfway and spend more time in the Soldier Pass and Jordan trails.

Valerie Esposito
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. Very steep at parts but definitely worth it for the amazing scenery.

stephanie torres
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HikingMuddy

Spectacular views....lots of things to see on the full loop including Devils Kitchen Sink hole and 7 pools. It took us 5 hours to complete but we did stop and take in the scenery.

Andrew Leonard
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Hiking

Google maps said we could drive to the trail head but turns out that 2 miles before the trail head it turns into a 4 x 4 only road, our rental car was not up to the task. So to get to the trail head took an extra 4 miles round-trip. We didn’t end up doing the loop. Views, as this does, scenery was actually much more beautiful on the walk back then the walk in.

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Karis Miller
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Super fun trail! Beautiful views with some small uphill climbs. Took us about 3.5 hours. If you do all of brins Mesa-solider pass-Jordan it’s actually 8.8 miles! $5 fee for parking at base of brins Mesa.

Jennifer LeRose
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HikingMuddy

Great trial with mix of woods, rocks and views. Not too strenuous and relatively few people. Definitely worth checking out.

Kelsey Cox
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Hiking

This trail was so cool! A good mix of rock and forest scenery. It goes up and down and is not too difficult. Easy to navigate as well. Breathtaking at every turn!

Charles Beers
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Joseph Robinson
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Hiking

Absolutely loved this hike. Beautiful scenery and not heavily trafficked. Highly recommended.

Patrick Wendell
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Hiking

Really nice hike. We went up brins Mesa from the Jordan trail head then came back via Soldiers. Wish we had done it in the opposite order based on where the nice views are. Otherwise a great hike.

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Wendy Osur
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Hiking

We just did the Brin Mesa spur! Definitely moderate a little rocky but spectacular views from the Mesa! We used poles on the way back going downhill! Will definitely do it again!

Nina Kraustronaut
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Hiking

really great views the whole way, since Sedona is sure beautiful. no scrambling or anything tricky. we took a 7 month old dog and he did very well (and zonked out hard when we got home.) Start following Mesa to get a little exercise at the start and it's all flat from there. I recommend breaking off the suggested trail here to check out the 7 pools when you see the sign for them. it's just a few yards out of your way.

Gregory Zeigler
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HikingRocky

Spectacular views in all directions. A bit heavily trafficked. I hike a lot in Wyoming. I would not call this trail moderate. Perhaps moderate leaning toward difficult.

Rob Gamble
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Hiking

We got started a little after 10 am at the Jordan trailhead. There were still a few parking spots left. We started counter clockwise to tackle the steep route first based on some reviews on AllTrails. The views are spectacular! This is a truly beautiful hike! We took the Brins Mesa spur to the Brins Mesa trailhead, and we decided we wouldn’t do it again if we repeated the hike. This is a well-marked trail, mostly in the sun, with some fantastic views! Highly recommend!

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