Brins Mesa Trail To Jordan Cibola Pass Trail

MODERATE 243 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
7.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,115 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

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.

hiking
2 days ago

Awesome trail. Easy to follow and terrific scenery of the Red Rocks area.

Wonderful hike up to the Mesa and back down Soldier Pass. The highlight were the rocks, layers and towers that looked different with every cloud and snowstorm that passed by!

hiking
muddy
over grown
15 days ago

While we enjoyed the hike, we thought the views would have been a lot better because of all the positive reviews. Unless you have a Jeep or similar vehicle, you must walk a few miles to the head of the trailhead, which we weren’t expecting. That walk and the trail itself did not supply “amazing views”. It was through a forested area, not really on or around the red rocks. We did the loop counterclockwise and going right at the fork led us to a very overgrown trail. It was fun and challenging, but we would have gotten lost without trail navigation on our phones. There was only one spot along the trail with “great” views, so I wish we would have picked a trail with more red rocks.

24 days ago

When you get to the 1.4 mi point at the top of the climb, take the spur going east. Continue past the All Trails trail staying to the left at forks to get to Brins Mesa peak. It is worth the scramble up the rock at trails end. Beware, there are sheer cliffs.

hiking
25 days ago

I went counter clockwise and it was a good moderate hike! Views were great behind me on Brins Mesa, then it hits a plateau, then it kinda descents through trees. Path was easy to follow, plenty of signs, watch out for mountain bikers, and check out the sinkhole!

hiking
27 days ago

Beautiful trail. Climbing up/down rocks isn’t optional, other than that it was an easy hike. A lot of opportunities to just sit and listen to nature. We started at Jordan trailhead and hiked to Soldiers Pass then finished with Brins Mesa.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful loop to hike. Would recommend starting at the Brins trailhead and doing the loop clockwise. Going the other direction has much steeper climbing for longer stretches.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, definitely would recommend going from west to east for an easier walk. We came from Devil’s Bridge.

1 month ago

It’s so beautiful here . Different view all around you . My favorite one !

1 month ago

Beautiful hike! The scenery was gorgeous all the way through. Going up the mesa was a good climb, but other than that, it was a pretty easy hike. So many different scenic changes throughout and a couple of neat discoveries you might not expect make it even more interesting. I'd recommendend it!

1 month ago

Great hike! Did the 5.2 mile Brins Mesa to Soldiers Pass to Jordan/Cibola pass loop at 7 1/2 months pregnant* and found it to be perfect - a good challenge at times but a great mix of ups and downs, alternating such that it was completely manageable. Great milestones to look forward to (7 sacred pools, sinkhole, etc) and keep you going!

*caveat that I have worked out - weights, spin or yoga - consistently 3-4 times per week since becoming pregnant

2 months ago

Started at the Jordan Trailhead and looped up Brins Mesa and back down Soldier Pass. Taking the Soldier Pass spur to loop back will make this a 5 mile loop with all the best views.

hiking
3 months ago

When you get to the trail head it will fork off , go right! I have done both ways and the views are best when you go counter clock wise. Be warned you will have a nice up hill right off the bat that will keep you thinking " I'm I there yet?!" Once the up hill battle is over the hike will get easier. This hike will take you to beautiful views of Sedona. Also if you do the full loop you can see Soldiers Arches, Devils sink hole and Seven Sacred pools. Dog friendly hike as well :)

3 months ago

Amazing hike. We found the arch and cave off to the left when hiking down soldiers pass trail. So epic.

3 months ago

fun hike with friends. heavily traveled.

3 months ago

Excellent hike with beautiful views from the mesa.

3 months ago

Great trail. Definitely go counter clockwise from Brinns trailhead. The map in the app is incorrect in one section. The trail (as marked in the app) goes up to Soldiers Pass on what is now intended as a closed trail. The actual connected is up the hill past the marked junction.

4 months ago

Thank goodness for this APP! We started out on Brins Mesa and it was absolutely beautiful. All the way to the top where it levels out, almost like your on a prairie. Planned on coming back down through Soldiers Pass to Jordan’s pass to Cibola Pass, but forgot to take Jordan’s Pass

hiking
4 months ago

First of all we parked in the Brins Mesa Trailhead. There were a few cars but the lot was definitely not full. We set out at about 11:00 am on Brins Mesa, connecting with Soldier's Pass, Jordans Trail and Cibola Pass to get back to the car around 3:15. We took our time hiking the trail as we were in no hurry and wanted to take in all the scenery around us. The views on this hike were spectacular. From the top of the mesa to walking through the valley, each view held its own beauty. The distance for the complete trip was around 7 miles. A little climbing up to the mesa and then again as you walk the Cibola Pass trail back to the car. However, slow and steady I did not find this hike to be difficult. This was a great hike and would suggest it to anyone willing to take a medium length hike at a moderate pace.

4 months ago

The hike up to the plateau was great. The views were awesome! The only drawback on this trail is when doing the loop, the trail is NOT marked at all! And I mean NOT at all. To make matters worse, the trail st the top of the loop heading down soldiers pass was completely washed out! We got out by using god on our cell phone!
It is beautiful, but would suggest using the short cut across toSoldiers Pass until the trail is back!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. Not too hard, shade, beautiful scenery.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views! Highly recommend wearing hiking boots since there is a lot of loose rocks. Highly recommend this trail. Tip: if you want to start at Soldier’s Pass get there early as the parking lot is tiny. Recommend parking at Brins Mesa trailhead.

5 months ago

A new favorite trail of mine - spectacular views and several different route options when combined with Cibola Pass and Jordan.

6 months ago

Beautiful trail, but very busy even on a weekday.

hiking
6 months ago

This is a wonderful hike - great views as you meander among the red rocks. Lots of agave and other cool plants to look at too. Very picturesque. We did about 6 miles total (so not the full 7.4) because it was hot and we were hiking mid-day. There were a few people on the trial but otherwise it was quiet and all you could hear were the birds and an occasional lizard scuffling along.
There was only one challenge incline portion of the trail (I would estimate .5 miles in length) - otherwise it had gentle inclines/declines.

hiking
7 months ago

Excellent hike, start early if in the summer due to heat. Good views, some shade for about 2/3 of the route. Trail goes right by a large sinkhole near the end, which was pretty sweet to check out.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice moderate difficulty hike. Principal advantages include:

-Less crowded than better known trails (West Fork, Cathedral, etc).
-Very doable yet yet intermittently challenging with short sections of elevation gain.

Tip: stop at the Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center to buy your 5.00 parking pass. The trailhead is only about a from here.

7 months ago

Beautiful changing scenery. Great views. Some good elevation but not too difficult. Go early in the summer. Half shaded.

hiking
7 months ago

Some parking at the trailhead, get there early. Initial uphill turns into a nice flat walk that is exposed until you get towards the creek bed. Some great views looking down into the valley. Halfway point is another road, didn't see anyone there, but made for a good place to fuel up before finishing the hike,

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful Hike. 1st time in Sedona and did this as a 2nd day hike.The Brins Mesa trail was by far the least crowded and more flat because it has a mesa. As you circle back to soldiers pass/Jordan/Cibola it got more crowded. However the we found the scenery to be the best of the entire hike on soldiers pass (wonder why it more crowded :-). I would definitely do this hike again an begin even earlier in the day (we started at 8am MT) to explore Vulte Arch. It's the only access to that trail.

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