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Beautiful trail with manageable level of difficulty

hiking
2 days ago

I echo the Apple Maps problem. Even after reading the reviews I still missed the turn off and immediately saw that the route was inaccurate. Make sure to watch out for the turn off when you get 1.5 miles away from the trailhead. The hike up the trail was pretty easy but the spot where you are supposed to go right and head toward the cave is not well identified. I used the All Trails app to navigate when to turn off and it worked perfect. Once we got to the rock we did find that the only path in to the cave was a trail that leads you to walk around the side of a rock that looks worse than it is. But this was the only path to get in to the cave. The views once you get there are awesome, great pictures, and just very peaceful. Well worth the long drive. This was our last hike before traveling back home and we couldn't have picked a better one. Highly recommend!!

hiking
3 days ago

Awsome, easy hike. Gorgeous views at chicken point (end of broken arrow). Recommend doing it. Do it early as it gets busy and there isn't too many parking spots

The southwest point of Mescal Mountain is a fantastic place to watch a sunset over the valley.

I would not recommend this trail. First the good: The area is beautiful. The hike is a steady gradual climb all the way up and descent all the way back. The weather in May was very nice. And the negative: The trail is paralleled all the way by a 4X4 dirt road. The 4X4 road is very heavily traveled by Jeeps many of which are open air tour Jeeps. So the entire hike I'm hearing Jeeps groaning up the hill and chatter from the bucket seat hikers. Some of the Jeep tours even use speaker systems. When I got to the top of the Wheel, I continued hiking a couple more miles up. When I came back down to the Wheel overhang there were 6' folding tables set up with Champagne for the bucket seat hikers. For me it took away from a hiking experience and fit perfectly with my too touristy perception of Sedona. I would recommend the Cow Pies trail instead to get some relief from the tour guides

Set out from the Courthouse Vista parking to Bellpark Pathway which connects to the courthouse butte trail. I went counter clockwise so that I could hit the front side of bell Rick and courthouse butte around 6:30 pm (hour before sunset). Great light. It took me about 2 hours in total but I was moving a decent clip. The backside of the butte isn’t too exciting but the whole trip is a great walk. Would be great with dogs.

hiking
8 days ago

Overall this was a nice hike. Our only frustration was that Google maps took us to a private driveway, which was about 1.5 miles further north on 89N than where we were supposed to start. The owner of the property said it happens a lot. He directed us north on 89 to the Midgley Bridge, and we accessed the trail from there (and hiked back toward Sedona). So... if you want to start on the southern end (near town) take Schnebly Hill Road to the trailhead. Regarding the hike itself, It offered beautiful views of Sedona on one end, a couple creek crossings and nice views at the other end near Midgley Bridge. The middle section was nothing special but provided good shade - Average work out, on the easier to moderate side.

hiking
10 days ago

A great hike with kids. Parking lot was easy to find, we were able to use National Parks pass for parking (otherwise you may need to pay for parking on honor system). The trail markers were very clear and each major turn in the trail had a map so we can see about how far to the next "check-in". I recommend this one for sure!

Nice loop trail, only a few people 8:00-11:30 am. Park at either Courthouse Butte parking or Bell Rock parking. Start early, wear a hat, take water. Climbing possible at Spaceship, Baby Bell, and Bell. The Bell Pathway is more crowded but except right at parking areas, you can avoid most with short alternate loops. Shaded spots on trail occasionally but mostly open sun. Bikes on part of trail but not a hazard. Fantastic views every few yards. Other than dogs, a lizard and a blue bird like a grackle, no animals seen. Juniper, yucca, and prickly pear. Dry red sand/dust, rock slide washes and loose stones. Moderate climbing up maintained trails (with optional rock climbing), lots of signs but take a map because the signs are somewhat confusing. No water or restrooms. Great trail to start a Sedona visit.

Parking is very limited but we got there early enough to score a spot! Very challenging for my Midwestern blood but the views are breathtaking! The summit is heavenly.

Did this hike on May 10, 2018. 4 adults physically fit. Once you get to the hangover, I would highly recommend doing the loop in a clockwise direction. Also know that this should not be labeled as Moderate. It should be listed as Hard. It’s very long 8.7 miles, and today was hot (93 degrees), not a lot of shade, steep climbing (even scrambling in a few areas), and in several areas you are “hanging over” narrow ledges. If you have a fear of heights this hike is probably not for you. Bring lots of water!! The top today was very windy with gusts around 40+mph.

We did Bear Mountain 3 days ago, so I feel the rating of hard should be placed on this hike as well. I personally thought Bear was just as challenging as the Hangover (just not as steep).

Overall, this hike is excellent and offers the best views on any hike in Sedona, of Sedona! Total hike time from Munds Trail parking doing Hangover and Cow pies was 3 1/2 hours. We moved pretty fast. I’d do it again.

hiking
17 days ago

Want the BEST red rock views with spectacular panoramic views? THIS IS THE HIKE!! SUPER easy to access from downtown Sedona...parking is the only drawback, definitely NOT a secret!

hiking
17 days ago

Want the BEST red rock views with spectacular panoramic views? THIS IS THE HIKE!! SUPER easy to access from downtown Sedona...parking is the only drawback, definitely NOT a secret!

Great hike, very scenic and not too difficult. That sun though, bring ample water. There is some trees for shade which is nice. We were there on a Wednesday in early May, there were only 4 cars in the lot around 1PM. But the lot is not suitable for RVs/Vehicles over 20ft. We parked our 25ft RV about a mile up the road by the Sedona Dog Park and walked to the trailhead. Not too bad. With the walk to the RV and the trail, plus stops for photos, took us about 3 hours.

Gorgeous but not well marked.Bring a GPS or map.

hiking
18 days ago

Going to the trail, stay on Sycamore Trail, do not follow the deviation off Sycamore that Apple Maps shows. Good amount of parking at the trail start.

Hike up the dirt road to the the red mountain on your right. The trail goes down and then up to the cave. Just before you reach the cave there is a very narrow and steep area to cross.

The cave inside is big and has awesome views! This hike was better than I expected. Worth the 45 minute drive from Sedona to do it.

Great hike! The loop features a variety of scenery. Meanders along the creek with option to hike up Cathedral.

hiking
20 days ago

Definitely one of the least enduring hikes, but has one of the best views in Sedona. I've been on 95% of all the trails in Sedona and this is still one of my favorites.

hiking
20 days ago

I live in Sedona and this is no longer an off-road vehicle 4x4 trail. They closed it off because people were complaining about the noise near their houses. You can still walk through it though.

This was my favorite hike. We only saw one other person on this trail and that was at the beginning. You can climb over the giant red rocks and you’ll have an amazing view of the canyon that leads to Sedona. The views are AMAZING! We did this hike in the evening, so we didn’t complete the entire trail, but our views of the sunset were incredible. We stumbled upon this trail from Schnebly Road while on a quad ride. Please note: you need a high clearance vehicle to use this road. There is an area to park just across from the cowpie loop trail.

I ended up on the Outlaw OHV trail due to my map directions. Yes, I did read the reviews prior to going. There was no sign for sycamore pass road. I ended up on the OHV trail in my SUV, which was not the best idea. I turned around since I still had 5 miles of crazy terrain to go without any directions. Bummed

Very picturesque! Multiple water crossings and opportunities to swim.

Amazing hike - incredible views along the way, all different kinds of vegetation, good workout but not insane. Highly recommend!

P.S. we did see a few folks who had gotten lost / lost one of their party members. Stay together as some of the trail forks can be confusing.

Fine view but semi anticlimactic for me. Not the best marked trail I’ve been on.

Nice easy hike with awesome views. My pup loved it

walking
25 days ago

Great way to end our time in Sedona! The hike was nice and very scenic. The 360 views were amazing!

Such a cool trail. An easy rocky road up to the head, which isn’t marked well. A down and up that looses you near the left ha d turn to the cave. There are a couple of arrows scratched on rocks to point the way. The views where amazing and the cave is super cool. You can climb to the top of the hill as well for some great views.

hiking
25 days ago

Easy trail, good length. We clocked it at 5.7 miles. Gorgeous views and amazing wildflowers.

We started before 8 am on a weekday. We had the trail to ourselves for the first hour. By the time we were finishing the loop we were stepping aside for mountain bikes every few minutes.

walking
25 days ago

Beautiful view but there are other places around here that is much much more worth your time! However it is a very easy trail to start with!

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