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Wow! Great hike. Started off uphill for a little bit but then its flat and down hill the rest of the way. Didnt take as much time as expected to get all the way in. Found a perfect spot by the creek...we sat down, played in the water. Overall a great time. Only reason I wouldnt give it 5 stars is because it was alot busier than I wouldve liked. But I will definitely be visiting again

18 days ago

I agree it’s best to do the loop clockwise. Well marked trail with great vistas and variety of terrains. From Yavapai Vista parking to Slim Shade, Baldwin, Templeton to Hiline. I had difficulty finding Yavapai Vista parking at the end. Not sure how I missed it. Only passed a few groups of bikers and trail had very few hikers even on a Saturday. Nice to get away from the crowds.

Loved this quick river hike! Brought the snoot pup with us and went for a little dip. Would be the perfect place for a picnic.

Also word had it that rattlesnakes were out and about (04/28) on the Cathedral Rock side so keep your eyes peeled if you are taking your pup with you!

1 month ago

Best to do a loop hike, beginning at the Yavapai Vista trailhead and hiking Slim Shady-Templeton-Baldwin-Hiline and back to the Yavapai Vista trailhead. Approx. 81/2 mile hike with some significant ascents on the Hiline. Excellent Spring and Fall hike.

Parked at Cathedral Rock to get out early (7am) and enjoyed without people. Liked the water and switch backs on templeton. Baldwin clockwise avoided other hikers for a while. By the time we got back to parking after adding the templeton loop, lot had filled up and there were many many people hiking up and down Cathedral rock. (Spring Break) Gave five stars for the water. Not many trails in Sedona can take you up close to water like this hike.

Started at Yavapi Vista then went left on Slim Shady & took Hiline from here. Very narrow in some spots & you are on the side of a mountain. Amazing views, especially when it opens up to views of Cathedral Rock. At this point we turned back, but would love to go again & hike it further. Highly recommend it.

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2 months ago

The review by T Kay is right on. This is a hard trail. The first part will fool you into thinking it is easy. Then things change. Use your All Trails app to help you stay on track. However, be proficient at finding your way back in case something goes wrong with your phone or the app. The payoff of this trail is gorgeous views and getting away from people and the noise they make. You will cover some miles round trip so take plenty of water. Piece of trivia is that there is excellent cell reception in the canyon so you can call for help or a pizza if you need it. Remember to tip the pizza delivery person generously. Remote, away from other people, beautiful scenery, quiet. What more could a person need?!

Great views! We took the Big Park Loop to the Rector Connector, which goes between Courthouse Rock and Bell Rock, then back to the parking lot via Bell Rock Pathway. I heard Rector Connector is a new trail, so it's not very crowded. It courses over some amazing streams (when there's water). Honestly, the Rector Connector was our favorite trail over the whole weekend in Sedona.

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Great Trail!

It's interesting to climb the bell rock. There's a bit of fear when going down as it's so smooth on some rocks. Anyway, if you can, you must not miss the experience of climbing up bell rock.

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4 months ago

I walked this trail from north to south joining from the Baldwin loop which I accessed from verde valley school road, and finished off at the south end with the slim and shady trail finishing in Oak creek. It was a fabulous day, much warmer than average for January. The ascent at the north end was challenging but doable because it was dry, there are stretches of bare rocks to climb that would have been difficult if they had been wet or icy. The views east and west from the ridge saddle are magnificent, the trail on the east and south side follows the contour lines with a fairly narrow trail. Because I was walking it on a Saturday I did encounter some cyclists though as most were working their way up hill it wasn’t an issue. It worked out well that I could get dropped off at the trail head and then walk back to Oak creek it made for a comfortable walk, going out and back from Yavapai trail head would have been much more tiring. Overall a great trail.

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4 months ago

The first half of this trail is pretty well marked and worn to the first large ledge. After that, it gets a little tricky and very very easy to lose the trail. The farther in you get, the more overgrown it is. Very important to use a map - not just because you could lose the trail, but because there are ledges that the trail goes from above to below the ledge and you can't really climb them to get back up or down. Would rate this trail as difficult because of the overgrowth, but otherwise moderate with some strenuous parts. The trail ends in what seems like a box canyon. Very secluded. Quiet, lots of birds and places to have a nice picnic lunch.
This trail is found at the end of Little Horse Trail in Sedona, Arizona.
This trail is only 1.7 miles (3.4 round trip). I think AllTrails added all my recordings- or added it to the Little Horse Trail. Two were outbound and one was on the way back. Still tough with no clearly marked trail.

Excellent trail for getting pictures of Cathedral Rock and surrounding formations from and along Oak Creek. This trail is much less frequently traveled than the Cathedral Rock trail, but suffers from the same lack of parking due to sharing a trail head. Several offshoots from this trail lead to the river, and the area is dark enough to get good pictures of the Milky Way at night, despite being within a stone's throw of several houses.

Just like anything in Sedona, this trails is beautiful. Easy and laxed. would definitely do it again. only rated it a 4 because it's just not a challenging trail.

com ine this with courthouse butte trail and you're sure to get in a good hike with great views, we hike this one every time we come to Sedona , along with Devils Bridge and Soldiers pass

Fairly easy trail until you get to the steep incline of the bell. Beautiful scenery all the way through, but not a lot of shade.

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