Got to the parking lot by 7am and got a spot in the overflow. Cathedral Rock was too steep for our big dog, so we ended up doing Templeton to the river. It was gorgeous and our dog and kids were in heaven. It’s so lush and green. We swam, found crawdads, and ate lunch. Also my husband lost his Apple Watch in the river, so keep your eyes peeled for it. Lol. On the way back my watch-less husband and 8 year old went up Cathedral while I hung back with the dog and lazy 6 year old they loved it!

hiking
no shade
off trail
37 minutes ago

Not a place to watch sunset. The “cave” is facing the opposite direction of the sun. It’s a cool place but way over hyped and to only get the actual “cave” look we had to use an actual camera or iPhone 11 wide view. The hike was super easy. Use the app to get to the trail site and on the trail. It’s not labeled as birthing cave but there are 2 other trails on it. Just keep following the trail till you meet a small wired/wooden fence and to the left there will be a bunch of logs on the floor and a small sign that says ‘healing in process’ and the trail is in that direction. As you keep walking once you get close to the mountain the cave is to the right and climb up on the trail && you won’t see the shape of it on the outside

hiking
no shade
1 hour ago

This trail was pretty frustrating. We kept going off trail and kept having to look at the map to get back on the trail. Felt like I had to keep staring at the map on my phone instead of just following a path and enjoying the views. This one is also in a more residential area where you can see power lines and houses. Parking lot is bigger than some of the other lots that I've seen for Sedona trails, but still get there early to increase your chances of getting a space. The path to the summit was a bit more strenuous than what I thought (was hoping for a break after the previous hikes). Great little walk if you want to stroll around and explore leisurely.

hiking
1 hour ago

This trail is heavily used, especially on Memorial Day weekend. We passed a lot of people in the morning and even more people in the early afternoon. Loved that it offered a ton of shade from the hot sun. The inclines were super manageable. The last bit is where it gets super steep. Was a bit disappointed that the last part of the trail was closed -- felt like we didn't get that great of a view for all of that work. Was a nice warm-up hike, but there are other hikes with a lot better views in the area. This is a great trail if you just want to be in nature / trees and shade. As other reviewers have said, the first mile or so is along a string of resorts. There's also much less shade during this part than the rest of the trail. The parking lot was completely full by 8am and a lot of the street parking was full also. With our walk from the street, our hike totaled closer to 7 miles. Get there early!

bird watching
bugs
rocky
1 hour ago

great short easy hike if you drive to the trail head!

hiking
1 hour ago

I really don't understand why this trail isn't more popular. It's not too difficult and the views of the red rocks are stunning throughout. You get great views of two giant red rock formations and then this cool pyramid-shaped rock. The trail takes you out to a little road section at the end for the final view before heading back. However, I didn't find it necessary. In fact, the views from the trail itself were better than the view from the parking lot it leads you to. We also did this one in the morning around 8am. There are only 3 parking spots, but I think street parking may be available in the area. We didn't pass a single person on the trail. It really is a hidden gem. Also loved the cacti flowers at the very beginning of the trail... I've never seen them bloom like that!

hiking
blowdown
rocky
2 hours ago

Started to rain had to head back down halfway.

Nice relaxing walk, very flat, and a good portion is paved. Lots of spaces to sit in palm tree shade and be close to water. Definitely easy pace and more of a walk than a hike. Recommend for the cool historic signs, lots nice views, and literally a great stroll in the park.

Took our pup on this trail for his first birthday. Lots of pretty rocks and wildflowers. It was pretty trafficked because the trail is mostly flat. If you’re looking for a good workout, I wouldn’t recommend unless you plan on jogging or running. I felt myself wishing it had a bit more difficulty but it was still fun to get out and enjoy the weather.

This is a great trail for someone who is not a hiker all the time. We did this trail based off of recommendation a few months ago and it was my first time to South Mountain. Has great views of the city but very heavily trafficked so he prepared for that. Especially on the Pima wash side. Still a very do-able trail and always enjoyable!

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
3 hours ago

This is a trail if you’re looking for a workout! It’s just up and up for about an hour. Feels great but exhausting. I took my hyperactive golden retriever pup and even he was worn out by the end of this trail. It’s a quick one too so you can get it done fast and still have the rest of your day.

Grate trail. We started off at Cibola pass then Jordan then soldiers pass then circled our way back through Brin’s Mesa because the parking at Soldier’s Pass wasn’t quite open yet. It took us about 2.25 hours and we took a few breaks with our dog at the sights. It’s a great hike with less traffic than the very popular Sedona trails but you still get all the beauty (Devil’s Kitchen Sinkhole and the Seven Sacred Pools)

Great trail for long runs. Lots of options on mileage- of course, you need to plan ahead. Not crowded. Traffic is heavier on mile 1 and thins out after that. Strategize hydration and nutrition well if you plan to stay after 8am coz it does get hot.

hiking
rocky
3 hours ago

Fantastic uphill climb for most of the way, gets easier after the first mile.

Hiked this trail on a 90 degree day in the afternoon. There was plenty of shade and we brought plenty of water, so we enjoyed this awesome hike and stunning views. We took the trail counter clockwise. About 2.5 miles in, we stopped to soak our feet at a spot just off the trail with an underground creek. Just stop and listen for the sound of running water. This is a really fun and peaceful trail. Highly recommend. We will be back in the fall.

So beautiful

Rocky uphill for 5 miles.

hiking
bugs
no shade
6 hours ago

Once you pass the mines, factories, and power lines there is a preserved waterfall and some somewhat preserved petroglyphs. The water is not potable or swimmable. This area was logged years ago leaving new growth pines providing little shade. My dog was stung so beware of bugs. This is the 4th state I have pictured petroglyphs, and you can follow me on Instagram @nathan_vanengen to view photos of them, you can also find more amazing places to visit in the southwest you may not have known about!

hiking
no shade
off trail
6 hours ago

Path is not marked, I believe there is a sign and logs blocking the trail. Use the map. No connection.

hiking
6 hours ago

The arch and the view are the highlights here. You really have to follow the map for the arch. A small path cuts into the creek bed where a steep climb lays ahead. Since its hard to find, you find yourself alone and off the beaten path. Its up against the cliffside and is hard to spot. Once you reach the arch, which is more of a bridge, you need a wide angle to capture the stunning view. Be prepared for bugs. I will be posting photos of this arch on Instagram @nathan_vanengen and you can follow me to discover more amazing places to visit in the southwest you never knew existed.

one of my favorite place to hike.

You really have to follow the map on this one. A small path cuts into the creek bed where a steep climb lays ahead. Since its hard to find, you find yourself alone and off the beaten path. Its up against the cliffside and is hard to spot. Once you reach the arch, which is more of a bridge, you need a wide angle to capture the stunning view. Be prepared for bugs. I will be posting photos of this arch on Instagram @nathan_vanengen and you can follow me to discover more amazing places to visit in the southwest you never knew existed.

hiking
no shade
rocky
6 hours ago

Awesome trail. A lot of levels of people hike this trail so it’s a good one for beginners. It was a pretty long hike up to devil’s point, but once we got there it was worth it!! Beautiful overhang where the rocks connect and you can take pictures. I loved it. You can look out over the rocks and see the beautiful sky. Highly recommend!

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