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Soldier Pass Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.1 miles Elevation Gain: 620 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Please note: The trail is closed for the last 0.5 miles Amazing views straight out of the parking lot. The parking lot only has 14 spaces and closes at 6pm so prepare to park your car halfway in the ditch on the side of the road. DO NOT park in the neighborhood as you may get a ticket. There are two trailheads that you can use to get there. Both are accessed by 89A. To get to the closest trailhead to Soldier Pass trail is by turning North on Soldier Pass Road to its conclusion. At the other trailhead you will need to take Jordan Road to its end, then hike either Jordan trail or Brins Mesa to get to Soldiers Pass. Both trailheads require a Red Rocks Pass. There are machines to buy a pass at both places.

hiking
2 days ago

Lovely trail...we found the cave. Some scrambling to get that there, not impossible. I did not actually go inside because it was too difficult for me, but still worth going. Unfortunately got too hot and didn’t make it to the pools.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful hike but don’t think of seeing arches or the cave. There is no marking for them whatsoever just assume you will take the hike around the mesa.

hiking
rocky
4 days ago

Our favorite trail in Sedona. Do your research ahead of time and read how to get to the cave! It’s so special if you aren’t afraid of heights. There’s so much to see on this short hike between the sink hole, pools, and the cave that it all makes for a super exciting hike. The only thing to be aware of is the hike up to the cave is difficult and requires quite a bit of scrambling, then at the cave there’s a 10footish drop, but with two people it was manageable and everyone was helping eachother out. If you’re an inexperienced hiker, because of the drop I say skip the cave and you will still enjoy the trail!

paddle sports
6 days ago

. my...

recorded Soldier Pass Trail

hiking
off trail
7 days ago

hiking
rocky
7 days ago

9 days ago

Hiked on 5/11. The small parking lot gate opens at 8am sharp. Be on time/early to get a spot. Some shade on this trail, which is nice. If you are looking for the Caves/Arches, look for a sign on a tree on your right, roughly 3/4 of a mile into the trail that says 'Wilderness' and follow the path to your right. when you get to the Cave, there's a small bit of scrambling, that is doable. This trail is nice. The Seven Sacred Pools are neat to see, but the Arches/Cave make this trail awesome!

hiking
12 days ago

Such a good hike, people keep asking me if I founds the caves. I wasn’t aware of them so I think they need to promote the caves a bit more on the reviews. Whoever found the caves leave a description of how to get to them cause there is no signage for that.

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hiking
15 days ago

I didn’t do all of this trial, I took the cut to the cave which is the same distance. Its easy to miss, but you want to turn right when you see a trail marker, a tree with a brown sign on it saying “wilderness...ect”, and logs that look like they are trying to direct you a certain way. You go over this logs and hike up to a Mesa where there will be a trail to the cave. If you get to a large reddish brown forest sign that says “wilderness...ect” YOUVE GONE TOO FAR. The cave was really cool. The last little leg was more like you needed to figure out a trail to get up it, but worth it!

16 days ago

Beautiful views and features. Too short and crowded with hikers for OHV. Better for hiking but limited parking.

hiking
17 days ago

Road led to nowhere

hiking
17 days ago

Wonderful easy hike. We went on 4/23/2020.

hiking
rocky
scramble
18 days ago

Did this trail recently; Good thing to know, the parking is very limited on such a popular trail.. would recommend going early as the sun gets a bit warmer through out the day. If looking for the Cave, it’s immediately to the right of the sign of “Red Rock Wilderness”. Take your time though heading up on the rocks because it’s a workout !

hiking
19 days ago

Nice trail to bring dog with! Went early at 8am, found parking just fine. Recommend not going down the last .5, not much to see after the peak. I’d go down a little past the top to see views and then head back.

23 days ago

this Trailhead 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 Trail as that has open parking with no Gates. You can take Jordan Trail to soldiers pass 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.

hiking
rocky
scramble
29 days ago

This hike was great! We went to the caves which requires you to veer right when you see a wooden sign nailed to a tree that prints “wilderness”. At that point it is a bit of a rocky, uphill scramble. So worth it though! Outstanding views. Hike back, staying to the right and you’ll have a lovely, sandy trail to walk along. Highly recommend!!! Lots of shade and sun as well.

hiking
29 days ago

Wonderful hike with great views of the surrounding mountains. The last little stretch of Soldiers Pass is a left the is somewhat hard to see. We had to double back to catch it after missing on the first go. Once we got done the trail did get a bit narrow and followed the flow of water that cut into the terrain. We connected to Brins Mesa and made our way back following Soldiers Wash to the parking area.

hiking
29 days ago

Trail has very limited parking and all street parking is blocked off. You have to park about an extra mile up before even starting your hike. Although the 7 pools are cool, there very dirty and you can’t swim in them so don’t expect a water hole. Views are beautiful but the hike all the way to the caves didn’t feel worth it for us. Watch out for rattlesnakes Recommend Sedona caves for shorter hike+ water + deeper caves

hiking
bugs
no shade
off trail
rocky
29 days ago

Easy trail. Hiked to the secret cave. Well worth going off the trail to reach and see that

hiking
29 days ago

Fantastic hike. The plan was to go to the caves, which is midway but completely missed that turn. Continued to finish Soldiers Pass Trail Til the end and that was a great feeling. Amazing views from the top and all shaded. On way back, found the turn to the caves. There, the hike is steep up; take your time and hydrate! Once there,the views are amazing.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

THE CAVES ARE NOT ON SOLDIER PASS TRAIL There is a black and white sign nailed to a tree in the right hand side somewhere in the middle that says Wilderness. someone carved an arrow on the left side of the sign. This is the actual trail that takes you to the caves.

hiking
1 month ago

The sacred pools are right after the sinkhole (on the left) but we completely missed them the first time around because the sign was taken down. The trail then becomes hard to follow with no more markers in sight (we got lost for 2 hours from this). The best part of this was the hidden caves so do NOT miss these or the hike won’t really be worth it.

hiking
bugs
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

This was a fantastic trail! Gorgeous views of red rocks everywhere, and the trail was easy to follow.

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