Long Canyon Trail is a 7.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.2 miles Elevation Gain: 823 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

forest

views

closed

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options.

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bugs
2 days ago

Lots of gorgeous wild flowers. Pretty easy hike with a lot of shade after 1.7 mile mark or so. Was over 4 miles to the “End of Trail” sign. Expected the trail to open up with views at the end, but overall nice hike.

Very pretty, fairly flat till the end, next to a dry creek that would be cool during rainiy season

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16 days ago

Beautiful hike through canyon and trees. It’s open I hiked it on 5-11-2020

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rocky
23 days ago

Did this hike at the beginning of April. Beautiful trail through the forest with red rock cliffs to the right. Was a little disappointed that there wasn’t much of an increase in elevation. Wasn’t able to get a view of Sedona from atop. Good trail for those that enjoy hiking through the trees. Trail goes along a dried up river bed.

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bugs
rocky
1 month ago

Trail ends in the woods was kind of expecting an epic view. Overall beautiful hike.

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bugs
rocky
2 months ago

Great views. Little longer than 3.6 to end - gets steep and rocky toward end. Muddy because of the rains, which was expected. Birthing cave and ruins were difficult to find.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. The wildflowers are just starting to bloom. The stars came out while we finished up the last mile.

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3 months ago

I went on a side trail to see Bootleggers Caves. Then I hiked on farther up the mountain before returning to the trail and finishing it. Overall with the side trail I thought it was great. If you take the side trail it’s easy to get turned around so use Alltrails so you can find your way back. Also there is no cell service there.

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3 months ago

Beautiful and easy hike. Loved the view of secret mountain and nature was just gorgeous and peaceful.

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blowdown
4 months ago

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4 months ago

It was so beautiful! I had such a hard time staying on trail! It seemed as if every fork in the trail ended randomly. It could just be my poor direction skills admittedly! Great views of the surrounding rocks from what I could tell.

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4 months ago

One of our new favorites. The trail is gradual and good at the for about 2 miles. Last part it gets increasingly rock, scramble in spots. The first two miles afford great views of many of the Red Rock beauties! We will do it again!

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4 months ago

We did only the first part of the trail (very easy) and then did the offshoot to the left to the Birthing Cave. There's a fork in the trail and you head left over the fallen tree (you will actually need to step over it). Then follow that path until you see the cave come into view on your right. You can't miss it- and you'll be able to hear echo voices if there's already people there. You can hike up to the Birthing Cave if you'd like. It's steep but cool views! Or you can admire from the path.

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6 months ago

Great hike. The trail is easy for the first few miles. The last mile in s rocky and rugged. The trail is easy to follow. Beautiful views

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7 months ago

Favorite, not too crowded, not too rocky, great views. Saw a group of Javelina.

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7 months ago

A hike where it’s more about the journey rather than the destination! I’d give this trail 4.5 stars. The trail is easy to follow the whole way through with gradual uphill/downhill segments which is more on the easy side. Definitely a trail I’d do again!

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7 months ago

We did the Long Canyon Trail for approx .7 miles where there is a split in the trail with fallen down tree and barbed wire. Go to the left for another .5 miles and easy hike until last 100 yards that is steep but brings you to the Birthing Cave where you have a beautiful view. Where sneakers with good traction and you can climb to the belly button for an amazing view!

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11 months ago

This trail is long, flat, easy, and boring until you discover hidden gems. It’s 7.2 miles out and back, graduate and minimal elevation at the end. The end was just a post saying “end of trail”. Please don’t go any further than that. It’s nothing there. The first half is not shaded, but the second half of the trail is shaded. You will be walking in a low forest area. It’s a bit creepy because no one hikes this trail. Although it’s rated easy but please bring gloves, hiking shoes, snack and water because you are about to read what’s next. Birthing Cave. From the trailhead of Long Canyon, approximately 0.5 mile, look on the left, you can see the Birthing Cave. You can’t miss it. The second post with a fence attached to it, look on the left, there a dead tree on the ground blocking the Birthing Cave trailhead. It’s there because the trail is unmarked. Actually when you step over and continue for about 50 feet, there is an actual trail that leads you to the Birthing Cave. The ruins, as far as I know, I haven’t discovered it just yet since the trees are overgrown and blocking the entrance. I was told that from the trailhead, approximately 2.7 miles, near the end of the trail, turn left and walk in the river bedding. You will see and actually ladder. Check me out on Instagram for photos annguyentravelalbum. Peace and love. Good luck and have fun!

Fri May 17 2019

Easy trail with some length to it. Well worth it.

Mon May 13 2019

we went on this hike in hopes of finding the birthing cave. we got all the through aBout 4miles total. but never found it. tips? we were going off a tip we found online but still never came to it. I know some say cross over a edge but there's a lot of edges lol

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Mon Apr 08 2019

Strawberry Ruins

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Sun Feb 17 2019

A beautiful hike up Long Canyon with the canyon walls getting closer and closer as you near the end. If you can find the trail up to the ruins it is well worth the scramble to get up there. Probably one of the most spectacular views we've seen so far in AZ! There was a dusting of snow which added to the beauty. Would definitely do this hike again including the trek up to the ruins.

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Sun Jan 13 2019

This trail starts out as a wide trail (old, now closed, Jeep road) with heavy bike usage running through mainly chaparral but shortly after Deadman's Pass becomes narrower and enters the wilderness zone (bicycles prohibited). The rest of the trail contains a mix of chaparral with ever increasing density of low-growth forest; the last mile or so is in dense low-growth forest. The trees are very nice and cool but block great views of the red rocks and make it better suited for hot days. Unlike Boynton Canyon Trail, there is no great view at the trail end - just a Trail End cross sign (it's possible to continue a short distance up the dry creek bed before it gets fairly blocked).

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Mon Dec 31 2018

Loved this trail! Lots of different types of terrain—interesting and scenic.

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Tue Nov 20 2018

Does anyone know where the ladder is on this hike?

Sun Sep 02 2018

Good hike, nicely shaded for the majority of the hike

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Wed Jul 04 2018

Great trail! You can get off the trail about half way and go and check out the birthing cave. Follow the river back if you can’t find the trail.

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Sat Jun 30 2018

Mescal Mountain is awesome.. Long Canyon was not as fun. It is similar to Secret Canyon where you are getting back into dense/thick forest. The AllTrails app doesn’t work as well back there. I would hike 1/2 mi or so and the app didn’t record me moving hardly at all. So, it was hard to tell when the trail was going to end (same experience in Secret Canyon). I also had a steady stream of bugs zooming in circles around my head on almost the entire time on Long Canyon trail .. kind of takes away from the fun. Mescal Mountain is something you don’t want to miss tho.

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