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Cathedral Rock Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.2 mi Elevation gain 744 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Mountain biking Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky No shade
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Cathedral Rock is a short hike that offers beautiful views of the naturally occurring red rock formations in the heart of red rock country. This is a favorite hike in the Sedona area. The Cathedral Rock trailhead can be accessed off of Back'O'Beyond Road. There is a small trailhead parking area. However, the trail can also be accessed from Baldwin and Templeton trails. The trail ends with a short steep climb to Cathedral Rock. There are some steep sections so hiking shoes are recommended. There are great views along the entirety of the trail. Cathedral rock is an amazing short but strenuous hike in the southern part of Sedona. It's a distance of just about 1.2 miles round trip but the 740+ ft elevation gain make this a moderate to difficult hike with portions where near vertical climbing is required. From the trailhead the hike can be half hour to an hour each way. The views at the top of the hike are more than worth it however especially during sunset. Be sure to wear proper closed toed hiking shoes with good grip for an easier climb up and down. With two smaller parking lots that fill up fast during the day and nearby street parking that is packed at peak times, plan that into the hike. This is a must hike when in Sedona!

Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com

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.

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Brianna Phillips
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HikingGreat!

Gets steeper as you go. I was wearing converse not recommended obviously the rocks get smoother as you go up. But great views and there was a breeze for me !

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Rachel Cox
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Even though it’s only a mile, you definitely get a good workout in. It’s quite the incline, but the views and experience were totally worth it!!

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Rachel O'Bannon
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This trail felt very sketchy in parts, climbing straight up using all 4. I would NOT climb without hiking shoes of some sort or you will be slipping all over the place. I was terrified a few times on the way up, but the view was 100% worth it, I promise. The way down was a breeze in comparison! If you go at sunset, bring headlamps to climb down.

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Brandy Finney
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HikingFeeNo shadeRockyScramble

Steep with spectacular views. The moderate rating for this trail is misleading. There is a good bit of bouldering involved in climbing this trail and the descent was challenging. This is not a trail for families with small children. All that said, glad we went up. In the saddle, there are great views and a sign indicating that you have reached the end. However there is more trail/bouldering off to the north of the expansive saddle area.

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Benjamin Cloutier
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Steep climb. Have to use your hands. The views are make it worthwhile.

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Marlee Goldman
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HikingGreat!

Absolutely incredible. Got there around 5:30am mid Sept on a Monday morning and there were only 2 other cars. Made it to the top just before sunrise and shared the view with very few people. It was a little scary going up, especially at the narrow crack. Thought coming down would be worse, but if you come down sitting for most of it it’s really not bad at all. Highly recommend.

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Jae Espinoza
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Amazing trail. Best to do around sunset so the trail has a lot of shade for your hike. It’s pretty intense if you aren’t use to climbing but don’t let that discourage you. There are a few resting spots with nice views along the way. The end of the trail is 100% worth the hard work.

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Maya Cole
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Beautiful views but please be aware that this trail is very hard on the knees.

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Suzanne Zumstein
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Sandra Lee
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HikingGreat!

Sunrise hike on this trail was enjoyable and the views from the top were stunning! One of my favorite hikes in Sedona

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Alexis Campos
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Beautiful hike

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Jessica Garcia
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The best hike in Sedona !

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Cory Corrigan
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Amazing!

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Kaycee Morganto
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TONS of people, but the views were worth it. Make sure you pay attention to parking signs, they were ticketing and towing when we were there.

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AllTrails User
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Julio Caraveo
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Chris O
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Christina Terrazas
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Go early, gets packed

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Cory Wood
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A hike with the best views in Sedona. Start early to miss the heat, crowded parking lot, and trail. The parking lot has a parking pass kiosk (accepts cards only). The upper portion is almost vertical and requires some rock climbing skills. On the way back down, the trail got extremely crowded. Overall will do this one again, maybe start earlier.

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Tiffany Wood
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Trail was fun and challenging. Parts of it were steep and like rock climbing.

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Sierra Dee
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Hard going up sooo worth it

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Brad Sawyer
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This place rocks! I’ve never experienced a trail that provides a better combination of being incredibly short in distance while providing such stunning views. Every few steps, you’ll want to simply turn around and enjoy the view. Once at the top, there is ample meandering space to explore the whole rock and the cliffs! This is a truly phenomenal hike that is accessible and will satisfy hikers of all skill levels.

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Kellie Olson
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Very steep at some points . This is more of a climb but so beautiful!

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