Soldier Pass Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features a river 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.
dogs on leash
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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.
My sister and I hiked Soldiers Pass up to Brin Mesa to Cibola pass to Jordan and then back to the parking lot. Our GPS indicated 5.5 and 6 miles. We left at 1145 and returned at 1500 with a fair amount of photo stops. If we hadn't made it to Brins Mesa for panoramic photos we would have been very disappointed in the hike. Parking is really limited in the lot but we were fortunate someone left when we arrived. We did get turned around a few times on the trail. Fortunately this AllTrails app had GPS tracking that saved us--would recommend using if your phone battery can hold up! Wish I thought of using it before we reached the turnoff for Arches--we could not figure out how to get there!
This was a good hike, we got to the trailhead at 830 so it wasn't too hot. The seven sacred pools is a little bit of a let down, so I will try back later for better pics. Took the trail for a bit further to find the "off trail" entrance to head to the arches. Good hike with all included was moderate at best. Out and back was just at 4 hours with stopping to take pics along the way
We took Soldier Pass up to Brins Mesa, then right along the mesa and down to Cibola pass. Go right on Cibola pass over the small ridge, then trail runs in to Jordan Trail. Right on Jordan Trail for 20-30 min back to Soldier Pass parking lot. With several stops for pics, this loop was 3.5 hours and pretty easy easy, LOTS of great views in all directions.
Really pretty! Fun, not terribly difficult, easy to get turned around though.
I love this trail. The whole loop is probably about 7 miles. There are definitely some steep section so make sure you are wearing good shoes. The views on this trail are amazing!
Decent trail. Not much shade cover as you may guess, maybe 5% of the time at best. As others mention, the trail isn't obvious in many areas and you'll find yourself making a lot of decisions. We tried to go up to the arches but missed the path somewhere, even though we were pretty careful trying to follow instructions I read earlier. I didn't see any snakes but there were a lot of lizards.
There are 14 spots in the lot. If you don't get one or if you have a large vehicle, look for parking on Rim Canyon Drive, but make sure it's on the left side of the street if you are looking uphill. No restrooms or facilities at the trailhead.
Hiked this with my 17 year old. Trail is well marked and it's a nice hike with great views. The map/trail do diverge at top up on the mesa. We couldn't find the last .5 and hiked the associated mesa trail that was well marked