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Devil's Bridge from Long Canyon Road

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Coconino National Forest

Devil's Bridge from Long Canyon Road is a 4.1 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, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from September until May.

Distance: 4.1 miles Elevation Gain: 534 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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rocky

Zero social distancing in hike or at the Bridge. Explains why there is such a large surge of Covid cases in Arizona.

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blowdown
1 month ago

Great hike, took the spur to Devils Bridge which added 2 more miles. Returned on Gunslinger and Mescal, nice loop

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

brisket

hiking
3 months ago

The river near trail entrance is high and you have to take off boots to wade across. Too cold!

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rocky
3 months ago

Decent. But way too crowded

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muddy
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

We hiked during the rain and it was still very enjoyable. Nothing to hard. It was just a short incline when getting to the bridge. The site was beautiful even in the rain

Very busy and crowded, but worth doing it. It’s beautiful to see the bridge and get on top of it. We took the trail from mescal trailhead based on recommendation from the visitor center, and that was good. Parking was easy, initial part was not too crowded, and overall shorter than other routes. Trail is also well marked.

Hiking from Long Canyon Road is recommended to keep you off the dirt road coming from Dry Creek Road. Also, try to do it during the week to avoid large crowds.

hiking
5 months ago

it's popular for a reason!

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icy
rocky
5 months ago

Great trail with shade and generally easy. Has about a .4 mile ascend towards the end to get up to the bridge. Gorgeous views. Go early it will get crowded for people taking photos. The platform across from the bridge is ICED OUT right now!!! PLEASE don’t walk on the ice it’s rock hard and you will literally SLIP and die!! Go around the ice and you’ll get to the bridge where you can walk across safely. Walking across the bridge was super cool and not too scary.

hiking
7 months ago

We took this way to Devil’s bridge to avoid road walking. Upon inspection of dry creek road, we should have just driven our 4 wheel drive Lexus rx350 on it. We’ve been on much much worse roads without any problems. Anyways, this seems like the nicer hike in and it was. Through the desert, with good views. Sparsely populated. We did the hike at sunset, so we hiked back in the dark. It was very easy to follow the trail back to the mescal parking lot. Very peaceful. The only challenging part of the trail is a couple steep sections going up to the bridge. We did not bring our dogs for this reason, and are glad we left them at home. It’s a gorgeous setting, and the bridge is fantastic. It really isn’t narrow or scary at all, it’s cool to get right up to the edge and look down to the steep drop below. Be sure to hike the left trail fork going under the bridge as well, it’s cool to see it from below.

I would recommend getting to Devil’s Bridge before 11:00am. The sun casts shadows on the bridge so if you want to get a great picture go when the sun is directly on the bridge. Chuck wagon is an easy walk and the steep part is climbing the end of Devil’s Bridge. Gets crowded the later you go. Fun hike with wonderful views!!

hiking
8 months ago

Did this trail early in the morning to beat the crowd. When we parked at the Mescal Trailhead parking lot on Long Canyon Rd, there were only two cars at 7:15am. By the time we got back to the car around 10am, the trailhead parking was full, and there were cars lined up on both sides of the road! So go early to enjoy the scenery and the serenity of the area. To get to the Devil’s Bridge trailhead, take the Mescal trail, then Chuckwagon trail. Very well-marked with signs. Crossed a very small creek at the beginning, then a couple of dry creeks. Beautiful trail with manzanita, red soft ground until you get to the Devil’s Bridge TH. I think this route is so much prettier than walking on the dirt road for 4x4 vehicles. Once you are on Devil’s Bridge trail, it’s a well-marked trail, at the very end before the bridge, you can take a left to go below the bridge or go right to keep going up to the bridge. Again, I suggest going there early or really late(?) to enjoy the scenery without many people. When we got to the bridge, there were 5-6 other hikers sitting and enjoying the crisp morning air. The only hard part of the trail is the last section where you need to climb a few rock steps that are somewhat steep. Otherwise it’s a pleasant trail! (March 2019)

hiking
8 months ago

Best to do in morning with lighting on bridge but still beautiful silhouettes at sunset! Mescal Trail is great start

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rocky
8 months ago

Nice variety of wooded area and rocky at the end. The bridge is awesome. Only complaint is how busy it is on the weekends. Wear hiking shoes and bring water. Don’t bring your dogs. This is not a good hike for the pups.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a great way to hike to devils bridge while avoiding the ATV trafficked road. With the hike up to devils bridge it took us just over 2 hours. The chuck wagon trail is nice and easy but the devils bridge portion involves some scrambling (although easy enough as well)

A great hike for watching instagram models who’ve never hiked before wait in line on a hike for no apparent reason.

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scramble
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail! Especially the less crowded lower part

Great hike with beautiful views. We started at the Mescal Trailhead to Chuckwagon and then up to Devil’s Bridge. More scenic route and less crowds.

Partially shady. Worthy the effort. Tip: park at the Mescal trailhead.

11 months ago

Did this hike on a mild overcast morning in late April. Perfect conditions. While Devils Bridge is quite a site starting this hike at Long Canyon Road leads you through a beautiful Forrest with spectacular views. I highly recommend going the extra mile on this one.

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