Cathedral Rock Trail

MODERATE 678 reviews
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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, trail running, and rock climbing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
515 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

rock climbing

trail running

walking

views

rocky

scramble

no shade

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.

rock climbing
1 day ago

Two retired couples climbed Cathedral Rock this morning. Challenging in some spots but the view is well worth it at the top.

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

We decided to add this as a second hike after the pleasant, but mellow hike up Little Horse Trail. SO glad we did! I quickly got to sweating, but thankfully there was a nice breeze and extraordinary vistas to take breaks at. I was glad to have my hands free for bits of climbing up (and later sliding down) huge rocks. It actually wasn't scary coming down as I thought it would be - easy to get traction on the porous rock. And the view at the end - phew! So awesome! Lots of fun taking photos with plenty of others doing the same.

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

4 days ago

Steeper than expected on this short hike, but well worth it for the views at the top!

5 days ago

Worth the mile up and down. Out of this world views. Challenging if you’re afraid of heights...but again, so worth it! Just take your time, go on all fours if you have to, slide down the rocks on your butt if that makes it more easier for ya! That’s what I did, haha! Can’t wait to come back with the kids next time!

5 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

Moderate trail that has some slippery spots you want to take it slow on. Once you get to the trail end, the view is unreal, but keep going to the left (south) to find a little pocket for views of Bell Rock.

8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Great views, some challenging spots but worth it (we had kids with us - 6 & 9 year old)

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

13 days ago

My very first hike and it was amazing!

13 days ago

13 days ago

short but steep. theres a 50ft climb where you rely on clibing experience to get up and down. It is usually packed if you dont go early. you find yourself waiting your turn to climb certain spots.
the view is amazing at the top. very windy too.