Soldier Pass Trail

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Soldier Pass Trail is a 4.1 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.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
620 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

8 days ago

Go early as soon as the gate opens at 8. Excellent views of the rock formations from all degrees. Be sure to stop at the Mesa. Lots of rock steps as part of the trails. Well marked in most places. Just follow the footsteps if you can’t tell which way to go. No bicyclists, jeeps, or casual hikers in sandals. Panoramic views everywhere!

hiking
14 days ago

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

hiking
19 days ago

Great views from the higher you get!

hiking
22 days ago

We hiked out from the soldier pass trailhead. Went up soldier pass, turned right at the Brin mesa trail sign and and onto Jordan trail to complete the 7 mile loop. It was an amazing hike. The trails were well marked all the way through. Once at the Jordan Trail head follow the Jordan trail/ cíbola pass signs, both trails merge. Follow the Jordan trail signs to the Sink hole to get back on to the Soldier pass trail.

22 days ago

It was a great hike. Rocky terrain and awesome views!!!

23 days ago

We did Soldiers Pass to Brins Mesa to Cibola Pass Trail. Everything was well marked except one section of Cibola Pass. Sign said Jordan trail both ways and no sign for Cibola. Luckily there was someone there who knew where to go. Follow Jordan trail in same direction u r going. It’s a fairly easy hike, with lots of flat ground. Some high elevations but very manageable. You are on the interior almost the whole trek. Lots of great views: Devils kitchen, seven sacred pools- these are on Soldiers Pass. Very quiet!! Very relaxing! Husband thought it was a little boring but it fine. Of figuring out which ones to do in Sedona. I would do this first since I think others have more of “wow” factors. Doe Mountain and Airport Mesa Loop have more wows but are more difficult! Have fun hiking Sedona, it’s a great place!!!!

hiking
25 days ago

Did 5 mike loop (in 3 hours) - Soldier pass, to Brins Mesa, to Jordan back to soldier pass. Amazing views. Variety of terrain which was cool. We did pass a couple people who were a little lost but we thought the trail was marked pretty well. Got pretty windy up on the top. Was helpful for us to take picture of map before we departed parking lot. Parking lot had about 10 spots.

hiking
26 days ago

I love the 5 pools or whatever its called LOL absolutely beautiful when theres actually water in them. The big cavern? is stunning and we saw a snake so that was cool. We normally go off trail and wander into the forest a bit.

hiking
26 days ago

This will always be a memorable trail for me. It was my first hike in Sedona and paired with Brin Mesa for the entire loop. Just outstanding.

27 days ago

Great trail with clearly marked paths and various sites entities such as Devil’s Sinkhole, Seven Sacred Pools, and if willing to go off trail a bit, three arches.

hiking
30 days ago

There are only like 10 parking spots in a very crowded parking lot. I suggest stopping at the entrance and waiting for for someone to leave. I would consider this a moderate hike because of the rough terrain but not really any actual hand and foot climbing. It is fun because there are several things to see along the way. We did not end up doing the whole trail. This trail has great views of the red rocks and has lots of shade.

In the description it mentions a red rock pass. I did not see anything about this at the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

Soldier Pass to Brins Mesa is a 'must-see' hike. The trail is well maintained and makes for a fairly easy walk. There is a long, gradual ascent to the mesa, although a few uphill spots rate as moderate. The views throughout the hike and from the crowning mesa are awe inspiring, transcendant, unforgettable. The trailhead parking is practically non-existent, so be prepared to park far away and walk some distance to reach the trail. This is a minor aggravation, but well worth the glorious views. Even on a weekend, the trail did not seem crowded. I will be back again and again for this fantastic hike.

1 month ago

Favorite hike in Sedona.

hiking
1 month ago

easy to moderate once you begin to climb the mesa about 1.5 mi into the trail. views are great on top of the mesa couldn't find the last fork so turned abound at brines mesa turnoff. went the day after a snow, trail was very muddy!

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice, combination of woods and red rocks

Parking is an issue, just 10 cars, police and tow away in the surrounding

Start on the right branch and come back in the left one

3 months ago

Very pretty for an easy trail. It had a kind of weird ending to me though and the map of the trail on here doesn't match what it actually is (the last fork on the trail doesn't exist!). Extremely limited parking and there are crowds. Recommend going very early in the AM

off road driving
3 months ago

Closed to the public for off road vehicles!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Fantastic hike to do as a family. We did it with 3 generations of ours. My 65-year-old dad was the oldest and my 6-year-old son was the youngest. We had absolutely gorgeous weather and great views.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike, good views, just slightly confusing figuring out where to turn for the loop so we ended up going twice as long as originally planned. Dogs did well.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. The views of Sedona and the surrounding mesas were unbelievable. Initially, the trail was crowded with jeep paths and multiple crossing trails. But once we made it a quarter of a mile in, the traffic thinned out. Most of the elevation change occurs around mile 2. Slightly challenging but definitely manageable. Highly recommend.

FYI - parking is extremely limited (14 cars only) at the trailhead. May have to park in the surrounding neighborhood.

off road driving
3 months ago

This trail is closed for 4x4 use intill further notice so they can developed a permit system for vehicles. Was upset to learn this after a 2 hr drive. Great hike though if u wanted to do that instead.

hiking
4 months ago

We went around 9am and had no problem finding parking. Ended up looping around the Mesa and had some incredible views. It’s a fairly easy hike, but offers some spectacular viewpoints.

hiking
4 months ago

Parking is SO limited. No pass needed. Seven pools is actually at the beginning of the trail but are very low & are actually gross. One pool had pretty & clear water. The end of the trail very hard to find & stay on. You’re better off just followings Brims Mesa trail then going to the end of this trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Any hike in sedona is going to offer great views and a good workout. I followed the trail according to the map and the trail ends in the middle of nowhere on the trail and takes a very unmaintained path. i would stay on the path that leads towards Brins Mesa for better views and more maintained trail. The seven pools are pretty low/dry right now. We had to park down the street about .25-.5 miles away on a side street.

4 months ago

First note...only 14 parking spots. no pass needed. no parking on roads within 1/2 mile. Red rock pass is not an acceptable parking permit for this area. signs say you will be towed. we parked on first side street outside tow zone. Trail was really great. Easy at first, some spots may challenge those not comfortable with narrow trail and ledges. Sacred pools were empty this time. nice shaded trail til you get closer to the top where it is a steeper climb. great views throughout. will return again.

hiking
4 months ago

My favorite hike in the whole state. Block off enough time to stop and enjoy the scenery along the way. Plenty of opportunities to go off trail and explore some gorgeous scenery.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful views, gorgeous scenery,. Be sure to give yoursel Time to enjoy the trail. Worth the trip.

hiking
5 months ago

Really cool trail with neat features along the way.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful scenery and great side trails. The sink hole was an unexpected treat. Great hike. Can spend the whole day on this trail. Great for all ages.

5 months ago

I love this trail, easy, relaxing and entertaining. We pass by devil’s kitchen(a sinkhole), 7 sacred pools, and go up the unknown trail to the arches/caves. Go early for a parking spot.

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