Seven Sacred Pools via Soldier Pass to Brins Mesa Loop

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Coconino National Forest

Seven Sacred Pools via Soldier Pass to Brins Mesa Loop is a 5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 836 feet Route Type: Loop

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Great hike with amazing views. You will want to bring sunscreen and water as there is little shade. This trail can also get relatively crowded, check out the waypoints for an alternate starting point if the trailhead marked here gets too crowded. The loop is great either direction, and there is also an optional turn off for the mesa if you want to add a little distance and elevation.

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rocky
1 day ago

Had to park at the Jordan trailhead, the Soldier Pass trailhead parking only fits 16 and fills up fast. Cars waiting in line before the lot opened at 8. We started at Brins Mesa and went counter clockwise. Views were FANTASTIC. Amazing the whole loop. A steep incline before you get to the Mesa at the top before hitting Soldier Pass. Pools were...okay. Cibola Pass back to the Jordan trailhead is easy to veer off trail so the all trails map really comes in handy. We also saw no way to get the cave. All in all, five starts out of five. One of my favorite hikes ever!

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rocky
2 days ago

Great trail. Make sure to check out the caves, most exciting part of the hike. Views are beautiful. No shade, bring plenty of water. Agree with parking at Jordan Pass. Parking at Soldiers pass is very limited, only about 12 spots.

I would highly recommend for a nice 4-5 hour hike. We started with Brins Mesa, to Soldier Pass, then Jordan Trail, and then Cibola pass. We were stopping to take pictures every now and then and we took a detour to check out the cave off of Solider’s Pass, which I would highly recommend. You get to it when there’s a fork in the road about halfway up Soldier’s Pass - the trail to the right blocked by trees/sticks on the ground is how you get there. Keep going straight up. The caves are along the sheer rock in front of you.

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3 days ago

Great trail. Parked in Brin’s Mesa and went out and back. About .6 miles after the Sacred Pools turn right at the black & white wilderness sign on the tree to get up to soldier cave. Stay left at the open rock to aim towards the cave. A bit of a scramble to get to the cave, but well worth it! Flat and easy hike with 360 views and some shade till then. Don’t miss Devil’s Kitchen at the start! That was more impressive than the pictures make it out to be.

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rocky
7 days ago

Very nice hike, was rough for my 5 year old but has amazing views!

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11 days ago

Nice hike! Saw Devils Kitchen on the way. A bit hot but had plenty of water to drink. My dog loved exploring the pools. Did this hike on 4/23/20

Great hike - pools are a bit lackluster but there are great side trails with caverns and panoramic views of the surrounding red rock. Worth the trek! I would also recommend parking at Jordan Pass.

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rocky
13 days ago

Gorgeous hike in Early April 2020. Took the dogs on leash. There were tons of other hikers.

Hiked counter clockwise so lots of trees and shade til the opposite side of the loop. Road to Jordan trailhead was challenging for our Prius. Never found the 7 pools but definitely worth the attempt.

Great loop w awesome views darting up and down thru red rocks and forest. Bring plenty of water

17 days ago

To see the seven pools, you can begin at Soldiers Pass Trailhead or Jordan Park Trailhead. SPT begins in a very quiet neighborhood. The trailhead is not open until 8 a.m. and closes at 6 pm. Please note that there is no parking in the entire neighborhood. It is best that you try Jordan Trailhead as that has open parking with no Gates. You can take Jordan Trail to soldiers pass trail to see all the sights without the worry of parking. It is a lovely hike! And you don't have to worry about parking, walking from Posse Ground Park all the way to Soldier's Pass, Etc. this is in a quiet neighborhood and sound travels so try to keep that in mind. I've given the seven pools a low rating because it's just hype from the Chamber of Commerce. Very unimpressive.

Didn’t make it to the pools because of time constraint parking but made it to the cave and it was gorgeous! Will come back for sure.

We parked at Jordan trail head & started at Brins Mesa. After the 1st miles the trail goes uphill for 1/2 mile then plateaus for for awhile until the trail meets Soldier pass, this trail heads much better than Brins. A lot more breathtaking views on this loop. At one point in the trail there appears to be arches or cave like openings across the trail at high level. There’s hikers who freewheel (not in vehicle) up to those caves. No trails to get up there. Not brave enough to try. There’s a lot more views that are insta-worthy. So beautiful.

Solider loop with caves

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fee
no shade
scramble
24 days ago

Initially started off trying to park at the trailhead the app gives you. It was full at 10AM on Saturday so get there earlier. Parked over at Brins Mesa Trailhead and honestly glad we did. $5 fee for the day. Starts off getting the uphill part done first if you go counter clockwise. BEAUTIFUL VIEWS the whole way. Get to a plateau about 2 miles in that is absolute serenity. Lots of different landscapes to navigate but mostly rocks / light gravel with some sand. We brought our dog with us he did great but watch out for small cacti near the trails which can easily be stepped on if not careful.

Great trail, but take your time as the inclines are tough if you have respiratory difficulties. Great views, but take a trail map such as All Trails as there are a few places where the trail seems to disappear on the flat rocks. Look for the stone landmarks to keep your way!

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

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no shade
1 month ago

Beautiful hike with gorgeous views the whole way, there’s a couple different trails you’ll pass along the way that are also worth checking out. I brought my 7 mo golden retriever puppy and he handled it like a champ! I would say this is a more moderate-easy hike.

Loved this trail. Many good views along the way. A very good mix of moderate and East portions. Great workout. I have mild asthma and had no trouble with this trail

We went off trail and did cibola pass to Jordan, to soldiers pass to bins Mesa. It was beautiful!

Super hard trail. Beautiful. Felt like 10miles because so much elevation!!!

rocky
1 month ago

Very very limited parking. I would advise parking at the Jordan road trailhead, and taking the trail counterclockwise from there. Much more parking, bathrooms, trashcans. If you have a low car it might be iffy, but plenty of cars at the trailhead were not off road cars and made it. Taking counterclockwise takes you uphill and gets the hard climbing out of the way, but views are worth it at the top!!! Then you have a nice leisurely hike, pass the seven pools towards the end. Right before you get back to trailhead slight incline again. Beautiful views throughout!!! GREAT HIKE!!

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Great views, scenery, foliage, open air. Some sections that were more of a workout heading up on soldiers pass and some more leisurely. We had beautiful weather, started about 8:30 and finished around 11:30. Highly recommend for an enjoyable and refreshing hike. Parking lot was open but limited in parking spaces and no street parking.

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