Cookstove Trail is a 1 mile moderately 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, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 728 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Directions from Flagstaff: Drive 15 miles south from Flagstaff or 12 miles north from Sedona on Arizona Highway 89A. The Cookstove trailhead is located near milepost 387 at the north end of Pine Flat Campground across from a roadside water stop.

18 days ago

short and steep. a great training hike for the kiddos getting ready for the GC. we did it 3x. signs of lots of wildlife on top of plateau

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19 days ago

Def a step one and goes to a plateau where you can turn left or right. Some good views

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2 months ago

recorded Recording - Oct 07, 12:58 PM

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7 months ago

Steep climbing up. Great views. Stopped to take pics for about 10 minutes at a beautiful overlook

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8 months ago

very first attempt at hike outside the phoenix area. I dont think this is an easy trail especially for a beginner. gorgeous views tho.

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9 months ago

It was hard to find the starting point. It is right across the running drinking well across the road behind the white marker! It took us (an A 9 year old) 38 minutes to get to the top. We didn't stop a whole lot because the bugs were kinda pesty which they didn't bug us if we kept moving. So we just stopped a handful of times for pictures. It was scenic at some spots as the mountain as it was covered with trees. Normally we would not have not chosen a trail like this but we wanted something short and different. It was a great Hike, got our lungs working. Some of the spots were very narrow so Just be careful!

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Tue May 14 2019

Great trail that is killer for sunrises. Small parking area across the street and hard to see sign at the trailhead. Highly recommend.

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rocky
Sun Apr 28 2019

Really steep for most of the hike but pretty short. Has some nice views but wouldn’t recommend if you’re trying to enjoy the wilderness. You can hear the cars driving by for the entire hike. Only saw one other group of hikers, which was nice. Definitely recommend if you’re trying to get a good workout in. Very few wildflowers. Trailhead is difficult to find but it’s right across the road from the faucet.

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Thu Feb 21 2019

This is definitely a moderate trail, not easy, with a lot of switchbacks and a very steep incline. Not a typical Sedona red rocks hike. Definitely worth doing, nice change of scenery.

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Fri Jan 18 2019

-1 star for saying this was easy. Nice trail though.

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Mon Oct 29 2018

Nice trail. Steep incline. Would say moderate trail rather than easy. Lovely views at the top.

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Fri Oct 26 2018

wonderful day today for this trail with cool temp and fall folliage.

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Mon Aug 20 2018

My wife and I did it right before the sunset. It opens up into flat ground at the top which would be fun backcountry camping. It was a short 50 minute hike with multiple stops. About .7 miles in length to the top.

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Fri Nov 17 2017

Great hike to get away from the crowds. Beautiful views at the top.

Mon Mar 13 2017

Very nice trail. Best to hike this trail in march when all the snow is melting and the creeks have water running. Just be aware of the mountain lion den at the top of the mountain 10feet off the trail that heads down toward pine flat campground. We seen him so we quickly hiked off.

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Wed Jun 22 2016

nice shady trail straight up Oak Creek Canyon. There is no parking lot, so the only place to park is by the spring fed "faucet" on the north end of Pine Flats Campground. From there, cross the road and you'll see the Cookstove sign (it blends in with the pine trees). The trail is steep and full of switchbacks. But it's among the trees so there is plenty of shade. It's fairly soon that you reach the top of the Canyon. from here you pick up Harding Springs trail and follow it along the rim. Harding Springs descends back down the canyon and back to 89A 1.3 miles south of where you began.

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Sun Sep 20 2015

You will have this trail all to yourself! The trailhead is across from the Pine Flats campground. If you're not looking, you'll miss the sign. If you're not camping at Pine Flats you'll park opposite side of the road to the trailhead. (There is a water spigot that seemed to be very popular...park next to that) This was a moderately difficult trail. Make sure to bring more water than you think you'll need for a mile long trail. A few nice views and a bunch of lizards and birds. We got to see several large Hawks the day we went. Overall, it was great due to the fact we were the only ones on the trail!

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