Cathedral Rock Trail

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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 difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 744 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

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rocky
9 hours ago

Hiked the trail on a sunny day - 84 degrees. Little shade so wouldn’t recommend in hotter temperatures. Wind at top was refreshing. Moderate to hard terrain and you’ll be using your hands on parts of the hike. Spectacular views.

hiking
2 days ago

This hike is amazing. One of my favorite hikes of all time. Beautiful view at the top. I wore my keen sandals and was fine.

hiking
no shade
3 days ago

An amazing trail, I’ll not recommend it if your are planing to do your first trail in life or you have a Knee, ankle or back injury. Go early morning for sunrise is incredible and shocking, go light weight and bring plenty of water for hot days. View at the end of the trail is out of this planet.

hiking
4 days ago

great view at the top--me and my wife did during midsummer took about an hour to get up. couple of hard scrambling spots which were harder on way down than up. must do in Sedona would definitely do again.

hiking
4 days ago

hard climb but worth it, amazing views

hiking
5 days ago

Must do in Sedona! As with most Arizona hikes this is mostly difficult due to the heat exposure, the trail is well marked and requires some basic scrambling throughout, although nothing hard. The trail can also be VERY slippery when wet so ensure you have dry weather in the forecast as this can really make parts dangerous.

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scramble
5 days ago

Great hike but can bottleneck due to hiker volume. Plan on about an hour depending on how long you enjoy the view up top. Down more difficult than up.

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scramble
5 days ago

great views. definitely a tough climb with some scrambling required, but well-worth it

hiking
7 days ago

Absolutely stunning views from every point of the hike. Got there at sunrise on a weekday for a very special experience with limited crowds. Also took the Templeton Trail down to the creek to relax and listen to the sound of rushing water. So serene and beautiful.

hiking
7 days ago

I’ve hiked this trail twice once with my 6 and 9 year old kids and everyone made it just fine. Awesome views at the top!

hiking
9 days ago

Short and sweet!

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful views from all angles of the trail! Wear good shoes with traction for the hike.

hiking
scramble
10 days ago

Great hike! My husband was nervous about the height but once we got to the top he said it was well worth it. The views were amazing.

hiking
11 days ago

Amazing trail with even more amazing views!!

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scramble
12 days ago

Hiked in at sunset. I’m get nervous with heights, and this definitely gave me exposure therapy. The views were worth the elevated hike. I saw a kangaroo rat, bats, birds, and jackrabbits. Wear good shoes and pants you don’t mind getting dirty.

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rocky
13 days ago

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fee
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rocky
scramble
13 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Wooho! What an awesome trail. I was a little fearful of hiking this in general because I’m 26 weeks pregnant but the watermelon crawl on the way down assisted! Super tough but totally worth it! Take your time. Arrived around 6:20 AM and got done around 8 AM! Parking was easy but was super busy when we left.

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rocky
scramble
18 days ago

Great hike. Hard as you scramble a lot. The view is breathtaking as you get to the top of the mountain though.

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scramble
18 days ago

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