Cockscomb Loop Trail

MODERATE 70 reviews
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Cockscomb Loop Trail is a 8.7 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.7 km
143 m

dogs on leash


mountain biking

trail running


wild flowers

Cockscomb Loop is a 9.1 mile loop trail located near Sedona, Arizona that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking & mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1 month ago

Excellent, easy, relatively flat trail. Terrific views the entire way. We started at 6am and finished in just over two hours walking the loop.

3 months ago

Easy trail, good length. We clocked it at 5.7 miles. Gorgeous views and amazing wildflowers.

We started before 8 am on a weekday. We had the trail to ourselves for the first hour. By the time we were finishing the loop we were stepping aside for mountain bikes every few minutes.

5 months ago

wow! great views and this was our first trail we hiked in AZ. This will not disappoint

5 months ago

Perfect views of the Red Rocks and a good workout but easy enough!

5 months ago

Great hike.

7 months ago

Great trail. Would say on easier side. Great views and beware good amount of bikers on trail. Much more than hikers.

8 months ago

This was a very relaxing trail. It was not difficult yet you felt satisfied with the workout. The views were spectacular! It was the perfect balance of forest and views. I would definitely do this hike again!

9 months ago

Pretty rocky but overall enjoyable we went today November 6th 2017 temperature 51 degrees dry and beautiful sunshine. We enjoyed the day.

9 months ago

well maintained easy acess great views. just watch out for mountain bikers

10 months ago

Hikers, you need to be aware this trail is popular for mountain biking.

11 months ago

Love corkscomb! Great views, on the easy side of moderate and when I went (on a Sunday morning) it was basically empty! Very peaceful.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Some nice views, but too close to roads, you actually have to cross a road and wait for cars halfway through this hike.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Add in Doe Mountain on the hike and it was really, really nice. Hit it at 6am, came across only 2 other hikers until Doe Mountain, which had a few more people. Saw some interesting wildlife

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Not too many locals know this trail by name and we had difficulty finding the trailhead and parking. We decided to park in the Aerie Trail parking lot and that was perfect. ($5 Red Rock pass available in parking lot at the machine.). We started, very briefly, on the Aerie trail, but it soon joined Cockscomb. From there, we just followed the signs until about the 5 mile mark...then we took the Doe trail back to the car. That was the final stretch.
A great trail and very well marked. Can't go wrong. Our (leashed) dog led the way the entire time. Can't get lost. Good signage everywhere.
There were a few friendly bikers and joggers, but we were amazed how few people were on the trail. It was virtually ours. We started the trail at 7:20am so we had some shade for the first 30 minutes or so. After that, mostly sun. Wear sunblock.
Great views throughout. Saw a few rabbits and lizards and lots of flowers and flowering cactus. No water anywhere so make sure to bring one liter per person or animal.
Lots of small rocks to stumble on so mind the path. We both twisted our ankles several times, but not badly.
LEVEL: On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the hardest), I would rate this trail a 3.5. It would have received a 3, but the last mile is a climb in elevation and was a wee bit tougher than the rest. Still not a tough hike. We measured 5.8 miles and did it in 2:15. However, according to this app, moving time was 1:48. That's not bad. We were stopping to take photos and having water breaks with the dog.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pleasant easy hike, great way to spend a few hours in Sedona. Not nearly as popular as some of the surrounding trails which made it far less busy!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Pleasant easy to moderate trail with great vistas. Some of the best views you will see of bear mountain and unobstructed views to cottonwood. Well word the time.
Note the last part of the loop is the aerie trail.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

It should be renamed Doe Mountain Loop because you don't see much of Cockscomb throughout the hike.

Monday, January 09, 2017


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A beautiful walk, with plenty to look at all the way around. Great mountain-bike loop (although I was on foot).

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

This is a long loop trail around Doe Mountain. This is a flat and easy hike. The scenery wasn't bad but not the best for Sedona.

This trail is better for mountain biking and there were a lot of mtn bikers on this trail so be aware.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Nice trail.... a few spots where the trail is not marked well and you can end up going off track if you are not careful. Not any large, sustained climbs. Good trail for beginner and intermediates.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Great hike, bring lots of water!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fairly flat loop with a side hike up Doe Mt. 8 miles total.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Great hike with a side hike up to Doe Mountain,

Friday, April 01, 2016

Great ride. The description is not accurate. This is a moderate trail, with climbs at the end that are rocky and technical .

Wednesday, April 04, 2012


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