Cathedral Rock Trail is a 1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Tucson: This trail is accessible only via other trails; from the Esperero Trail #25, 6.5 miles in, and from the West Fork Trail #24, 7.5 miles from the end of the Sabino Canyon shuttle road.
Moderate rating seems right (for a fit family with two teens). The views of the valley and Sedona area from the top are outstanding (you can see both north and south from the highest area you can walk to). The toughest challenge is crawling over slippery, vertical smooth rock on all fours (and returning on your behind or very carefully stepping). Parts of the trail are rock, and parts are on a dirt path. Many areas to rest. Get there before 9am or you will not find parking in the small lot and will have to park a mile away along the side of the road. The trailhead parking lot requires a fee.
Awesome hike!! well worth the efforts!!
The most amazing views I've seen from the top. Steep at places, but worth the trek.
One of my favorite trails!! Wear shoes that grip easy (not just any tennis shoes) and be prepared to wait in line to climb up steep rock formations and slide on your butt often! Also be aware of the small cacti that line the rocks- I set my hand right on one. Don't recommend bringing dogs!!!!
Short & Sweet
Moderately steep climb to the top with a few narrow spots requiring waiting in line. Beautiful views from the top... but that's no surprise. Wear shoes with tread or be prepared to slide on your butte.
What an incredible way to start the day. we arrived at 6:10am and were able to get to the top in time for sunrise. There was plenty of light, no need for headlamps. We hiked up to the gap between the leftmost spires, and up to the official end of trail and beyond.
The scramble up is more strenuous than dangerous, but you definitely need to exercise caution and wear shoes with a good tread.
We spent a few hours there, it was our first activity on our first trip to Sedona, and it was a perfect beginning.
The whole trail has beautiful views along all the way to the end. When you reached the end of trail, you will be very delighted from the stunning view around there.