Cathedral Rock to Red Rock Crossing

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Coconino National Forest

Cathedral Rock to Red Rock Crossing is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length4.3 miElevation gain1,010 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingDog friendlyForestRiverViewsRocky
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There are restrooms and a place to fill water at the trailhead.

Arrive early to secure a parking spot. Even the overflow parking further down Back O' Beyond Road tends to fill up quickly, even during the off-season. A Red Rock Recreation Pass is a good idea to pay for parking fees in advance, and can be purchased several places in Sedona, including the Chamber of Commerce, which is on the way to the trail head if you're coming down the I-89 from the North.

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Dawn Banach Leone
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Two trails. One around to red crossing is easier and the one up to cathedral rock is difficult but worth it! Get there before 6 am to find a parking spot!

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Heidi Lyon
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The trail is rocky. Wear good climbing shoes. Not for the faint of heart!

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ashley b
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SO worth it. A little challenging for young kids. I am a moderately experienced hiker and hiked it in about 45 minutes total. Very fun and exciting hike!

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Ike Wellhausen
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Lots of people, but the view is incredible!

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Jenny Llanes
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Parking is a bit challenging but, worth the wait. It’s quite steep.l for the hike but, it’s so worth it once you get to the top! The views are stunning!!

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Samantha Motter
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Mariah Clark
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Be ready to do a little crawling. Overall beautiful views. Well worth the climb.

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Kathryn Davis
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It was difficult but worth it.

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desiree tatum
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Best photo opp! Fun climbing up to top! Views majestic!

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Sydney Tenholder
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It was so beautiful. Parking gets full fast, but im glad we did it!

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Valentina Gatewood
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Nicole Bean
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Loved this trail. We enjoyed the hike and climbed as far to the top we could, crowded hike and a destination for dancing and spiritual event with locals. Amazing views all the way around. Recommend!

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Carole Davis
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One of the best trails very challenging but worth the view at the end!

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Jordan Gant
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Kayla Cemensky
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Ramblin Steven
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Beautiful. Crowded. Dancing. Kindness.

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Danielle Goldman
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Cathedral rock is so steep! Kind of scary. But beautiful!!

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Angela Wheaton
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One of the best hikes I’ve done at Sedona! It’s a definite “don’t miss”!!!

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Keren Wasserman
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Allison Ivers
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Starts with gorgeous views then dips into the forest floor along a pretty river creek

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Rick G.
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The Cathedral rock part was packed, practically a queue of people going up (on a February weekday)...so I skipped and headed to the right, to take Templeton to Baldwin’s crossing. Great hike, along the river. After reaching end, I came back and did full Baldwin loop, which I recommend. Moderate climbs, great views. Tip: parking at Cathedral trail head was busy. You can park at Baldwin (looked pretty empty) and hike back along Templeton to Cathedral from there...basically opposite from this hike’s start.

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Daniel Gaddes
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SkyMiles King
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Spectacular views of red rock landscape in Sedona. Well worth the travel time. This is going to be a repeat hike in the near future.

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Chase Heckendorn
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Misty Graves
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Trail was beautiful. A mix of easy and more difficult areas. I saw a guy make it all the way up one handed while holding a Starbucks coffee. The trail was not too crowded.

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Amanda Lipp
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super steep climb!

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Georgia Scarr
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Beautiful but very difficult - we started at 6:15am, I recommend going early as it gets busy

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Ashley Hand
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Great hike! Quite steep at times but not too long and of course worth the view. Plus pretty things to see along the way!

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Triah Simpson
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Note there is an $11 fee to enter the parking area. The park doesn’t open until 9:00 am so if you’re planning an early start get some coffee and take your time getting there. First part of the trail along the creek is well covered with trees and there’s a nice quarry area along the creek which I imagine is an amazing area for swimming and sun bathing during the warmer months. The creek is clear and just serene. There were lots of families with younger children. There are picnic benches along the creek. We didn’t go up the trail because it wasn’t very obvious how to get up to cathedral rock from this hike. We ended up leaving and driving over to the actual cathedral rock hike trail.

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