Cathedral Rock Trail

MODERATE 901 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.

1.0 miles
551 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


rock climbing

trail running





no shade

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.

21 hours ago

Very fun hike. We started at the Baldwin trailhead, hiked to Cathedral Rock and finished the Baldwin trail on the way back. Going to the top of Cathedral is a must. I have a fear of heights but it wasn’t too bad once you get to the top.

1 day ago

Great hike but if you have a fear of heights, be prepared to scale a few very steep rocks. But the view from the end is gorgeous!

3 days ago

A great workout if you want to push yourself! Involves some climbing (nothing serious) which is fun. Once you get to the “end trail” sign you can go right and check out the cliff or left and go to the “vortex” - awesome views the entire time and will definitely make you sweat.

6 days ago

Super beautiful. Yea baby

7 days ago

Good marked trail. but ran into some rain so I went up so far...another trail attached is Templeton Trail that goes around Cathedral Rock which worked out good because of the weather

8 days ago

Took phone TH To Templeton TH to cathedral . Definitely a long hike when not just parking in cathedral parking lot lol. Cathedral was very steep & super crowded but getting to the top was worth it! Might I suggest Wearing thick pants because most likely you will at some point be sliding down on your butt and ripped yoga pants aren’t awesome! Had a great time today !

9 days ago

REWARD Lost Nikon camera on trail or in overflow parking lot at cathedral rock on 2-9-2018. Please contact with any information 330-685-5004.

9 days ago

Tried Cathedral Rock yesterday. Made it up about 2/3 if the way and decided not to risk the narrow trail. Wife and I are in our mid sixties and sometimes the risk of injure isn’t worth the views. Too many places with less risk.

10 days ago

Amazing views and moderate the first half. After that it gets pretty challenging.

13 days ago

This trail is so different from any other in Sedona, make sure to have shoes with some real traction as you do climb up boulders for majority of the hike. Incredible views at the top!

16 days ago

Gorgeous view! But this is not a moderate trail. The majority is strenuous. Be prepared to actually be climbing up nearly the whole trail. It’s so worth it once you get to the top.

17 days ago

Made a loop by hiking Highline to the Rock, descending along Cathedral Rock Trail and heading back to our vehicle via Templeton and Slim Shady. The Cathedral trail is an interesting clamber up and down rock surfaces. Great views!

18 days ago

Beautiful views at the top. Challenging but worth it.

20 days ago

Went a week ago. Loved it. Off my bucket list now! Very steep but totally worth it! Not dog friendly, it's very steep and slippery, however beginners can do it at a slow pace :)

21 days ago

Valley loop using templeton, cathedral easy breezy and Ht trails. Nice mixture of valley, creek beds and rock ledges not terribly strenuous, short section near the highway with a little noise. Numerous crossings of the creek bed so if there was any water running it might be wet.

21 days ago

A little steep but the red rocks are beautiful!

24 days ago

Love hiking this trail wether it's morning, sunset, or night time.
I love doing photography at this spot truly inspiring

29 days ago

great view at the top and a somewhat challenging, exciting hike for most of the way. i wouldn't recommend it for anyone who doesn't consider themselves decently athletic.

1 month ago

From the trail head We took the easy breezy trail. It runs along and intertwines with the riverbed. Make sure the water levels are not high or hazardous. We lost the trail a few times from the riverbed but with app we were back on track. Beautiful trail thru forest and up the side of the base. The trail loops back to Cathedral Rock. There were beautiful agave plants and giant ocotillos. We’ll have to come back when the ocotillos are in bloom. You’ll walk the base back to the main entrance. Many trail off shoots to higher elevations from this point. The trail back to the parking area was challenging but doable if you take your time.

1 month ago

I started out at the trail head at 8 am. Not too crowded. Beautiful hike with amazing views. Middle section is steep vertical climb through a crevice. I’m an experienced hiker and I needed assistance.
Pay $3 by credit card at trailhead to park. By far one of my favorite hikes in Sedona.

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