Soldier Pass to Brins Mesa Loop

MODERATE 59 reviews
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Soldier Pass to Brins Mesa Loop is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
830 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

no shade

7 days ago

One of our favorite trails in Sedona

7 days ago

Loved the views.

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9 days ago

Great hike. scenery throughout. Parked at the Brins Mesa trailhead on Park Ridge Drive since Soldier Pass trailhead gate was closed - sign says gate opens at 8 am.

hiking
2 months ago

Cool hike, side trip to the arches off Soldiers Pass trail well worth it.

2 months ago

3 hour circuit. Great variety from sinkholes to plains and everything in between

2 months ago

Classic Sedona hike. Parking and population can be a challenge on the weekend. Weekday is best.

hiking
2 months ago

By far our favorite hike in Sedona - fun, rolling trail thru the trees until you start the climb to the Mesa top, which is fun also. Can be a bit crowded but worth it and yes, parking is awful.

2 months ago

l loved this hike. I went Soilders pass over to Brins Mesa which seemed to be not as difficult as starting at Brins Mesa trailhead (much more uphill). It starts out by taking you to Devil's Sink Hole and Seven Sacred Pools which was great. A gradual climb to pass with great vistas. Not too terribly busy either which was nice. Parking was the only issue. Tiny lot at Soilders Pass trailhead so get there early.

hiking
4 months ago

This was our favorite hike in the Sedona area! We did the Brins Mesa trail to Soldier Pass loop, which then connects you back with Jordan trail and Cibola trail until you reach the parking lot/TH.
Starting by heading up Brins Mesa provides beautiful vistas and nice elevation change. It's not too challenging, but is a bit of a workout, which is nice. At the top of the mesa, there is a cool rock that you can climb up onto and eat a snack.
Then looping back down on Solider pass, you descend and will see some interesting pools of water, different vegetation and a really cool, large sink hole. The description of how the sink hole occurred is also interesting to read.
This trail/loop was great! It wasn't very crowded, great vistas, good climb, cool sink hole and quiet. In fact, it was so quiet that at one point a passing fly seemed deafening, like a train going by. Pretty cool! We'd definitely do this hike again and even take our kids along!

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5 months ago

Not too difficult. Beautiful views. A great place to return with friend and share the fun of hiking and enjoying nature's beauty

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike with wife and in-laws. Fun ups and downs, not too difficult for older hikers and entertaining for stronger hikers. Tons of photo spots, if you’re going with a friend who likes taking landscape photos budget time for many stops.

hiking
5 months ago

Nothing to add scenery-wise. But, if you plan to leave from the Soldiers Pass TH, know that the parking is limited to 14 vehicles and has a gate that doesn’t open until 8 am.

6 months ago

We did this one in reverse. We parked all the way down at the last parking lot past where this map shows the trailhead. And we walked in reverse first doing Brins Mesa, cut over to Solder’s Pass and finished the loop with Jordan Trail to Cibola Trail. This trail, especially Brins Mesa, had some spectacular views.

A few people who hiked it on the direction posted here mentioned the trail heads were confusing or they missed turn offs. I can see that happening as there is a lot going on, on the Solder Pass side. Coming the way we did made it easier to follow the trail heads.

I agree this is a moderate trail. There are two steep sections but otherwise it’s fairly level. Definitely a wonderful hike. Also, doing it the reverse way that we did it also seemed to provide better views.

7 months ago

So beautiful!

hiking
7 months ago

This was a beautiful trail to experience.. it's a combination of flatter terrains as will as rocky and at times steep inclines. Me and my medium sized dog did fine, I did see people using hiking poles and sticks especially around the Brins Mesa trail. Don't forget to look back!! Especially going up the Soldiers Pass trail, the views are superb and become even more breathtaking as you go up! I do have to say I met a couple of hikers also using the AllTrails app, and we could not find the trail that lead to the end of Soldiers Pass. We turned east and went along Soldiers Pass Spur A. We went north past the Junction of Spur A and Brins Mesa to try to find where the trail led. It looked like the Soldiers Pass trail was narrowed and overgrown where it met with the Brins Mesa Trail. We headed back south and down the Brins Mesa trail after that. Besides that, this was an awesome hike with beautiful views!

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike in the wilderness. We added the Jordan loop to it. Going down the Brins Mesa trail, the view is WOW...

hiking
8 months ago

I loved this trail/loop. Such beauty along the way. What do you expect in Sedona, right? Moderate traffic; it seemed everyone bought their dogs out! Passed a few bikers too. Moderate difficulty because there are some inclines along the way and it was a good distance. We took Soldier’s Pass to Brins Mesa to Cibola Pass which turned out to be a little over seven miles. The sinkhole was incredible to see (On Soldier’s Pass)!

My only negative is there weren’t good Trail markings on Brins Mesa. My companion and I got lost (off the beaten path) for a while but using the AllTrails map, we eventually found our way back to the trail...whew!

Great hike for all hiking levels. Remember to take lots of water and be mindful of the time of year/weather.

hiking
8 months ago

We started at Brins Mesa and did the reverse hike. Beautiful views and a good mix of flat trail with steep pitches. It’s a well-traveled route but never felt too busy.

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