Cathedral Rock Loop: Hiline and Templeton Trails

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Coconino National Forest

Cathedral Rock Loop: Hiline and Templeton Trails is a 8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sedona, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length8.0 miElevation gain895 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingMountain bikingNature tripsRunningForestViewsWildlifeRockyScramble
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Users report that trail can be difficult to navigate, make sure to check the signs. Some parts of this hike can get steep and rocky. Watch out for bikers!

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Don Woodbury
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You definitely want to go counterclockwise on this 8 mile hike if you are on foot. But the biking apps have people going clockwise and you will see why. Definitely go counterclockwise if you are on foot much more enjoyable. an alternative is to go clockwise and just go 2 or 3 miles in and then back out that is the prettiest side.

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Rick Joos
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Richard Prager
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Tony Rusch
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Awesome

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Jacob Herzog
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Very well marked and well maintained with great views the whole time. Excellent trail if you’re in Sedona. Pretty easy just a few steep sections I would say anyone could do this (saw older folks as well as young kids).

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Richard Hill
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Maddie Henke
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Wow! Great trail that takes you on all sorts of terrain - cliffs, rocky areas, sandy, woods, a stream, etc. you get to see everything! Lots of great views and not too challenging despite the length. I recommend going counterclockwise so you do the steepest part first.

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Joe Yoakum
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David Eisert
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Bridget Flynn
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This trail had beautiful views the entire time! Highly recommend to those staying in the Sedona area. It is very close to the main town. Be careful if bikers though because everybody shares the same trail.

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Jack Dolan
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Did it counter clockwise. The first half was pretty but flat and dull. The second half had some gentle scrambles and gained enough altitude to have great views.

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Stanford Madison
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Rocky bring hiking shoes

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Summer Prevost
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Great trail! Thoroughly enjoyed the views, not too challenging. Definitely do it counterclockwise!

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David Eisert
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Arthur Baldwin
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A stunning hike, get to the trail head early or parking will be an issue. The longer loop is nice, because you don’t have all of the crowd that is primarily going to Cathedral rock. Recommend counter clockwise - save the best for last! Lots of bikers

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Sergey Gorun
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Sean Griffiths
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Excellent views, moderate to hard at times. Very enjoyable and completely scenic! Loved it!

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Chelsea Daughenbaugh
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Beautiful hike! Was nervous to go up on Cathedral Rock with my dog, so opted to go around. Turned out to be the best decision. Ran into a couple a groups of bikers and a few hikers on a Wednesday afternoon. Give yourself extra time for a lot of photos!

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Michelle Carlson
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My favorite trail in Sedona! Most incredible, jaw dropping views. You can honestly say that you have seen all of Sedona after this hike. Highly recommended!

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A A
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Amazing trail! Some minor scrambling, lot of mountain bikers.

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Maile Farnsworth
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Favorite trail so far. Various scenery and elevation is great

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Lauren Tiberi Warner
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Nice! Great views, be prepared for scrambling tho

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sam shimizu-jones
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Beautiful hike, lots of mountain bikers on hiline so be sure to listen for them coming downhill

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Francis Chaten
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Fantastic. Poles are helpful on the HiLine.

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kierra groscost
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great spot for a relaxed walk with my dog

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Karen Kampf
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Great!

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allison tomko
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Sarah Hoffman
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Perfect hike with views and easy path. Nice areas to sit, picnic and rest. Added the climb up to cathedral which was well worth the effort! Would do this loop again.

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Miki Godlaski
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This hike was 8.1 miles. Excellent views, beautiful hike through different terrain. We went clockwise and the downhill portion on Hiline near the Baldwin connection is steep. Going CW at the 2 mile mark is an excellent viewpoint. The section next to Oak Creek is also very scenic. There is a bathroom at the trailhead.

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