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Love this trail ! Tuff but fun

20 hours ago

Absolutely beautiful! Perfect spring day to hike this trail- water felt cool and refreshing too

Easy trail for casual walkers or novice hikers. The dramatic close-up views of Courthouse and Bell rock formations make this a thoroughly enjoyable scenic experience, but seasoned hikers will want something more technical and demanding. Still, it is almost a 'must-do' when in Sedona, since these rock formations are so iconic. Expect large crowds, especially at Bell Rock itself.

Great trail and it will give you a good workout and views of the canyon. Hiked it March 21st. You will want crampons because from the trailhead to the 1.5 mile resthouse had a lot of ice, even 9:30 to 11am. Still encountered some steep ice on the trail at 2pm. Top of the trail is pretty crowded and slick, watch out for people with flat shoes falling into you on the ice. After the 1.5 mile resthouse there are a lot less people.

The views are amazing and much of the trail is well-maintained. Ooh-aah point is fairly crowded with people taking photos. O'neil Butte is an awesome landmark to stop at and just marvel at the canyon. The hike up is steep so save some energy for the return trip. March 22nd trail was mostly dry and no crampons needed.

I found this to be a slightly easier and more enjoyable hike that Bright Angel. South Kaibab has fewer repetitive switchbacks, more trail variety throughout the hike and more panoramic views. Cedar Ridge and Skeleton Point both provide expansive plateau areas that allow crowds to spread out and have some individual space, and the views are spectacular throughout. Extraordinary and unforgettable hike that is challenging without being greuling.

this was our first ever hard hike, but we made it. great views at the top and well worth it.

21 hours 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.

21 hours ago

The trailhead takes a hike to get to and pretty easy. However, once you get to the trailhead, the hike then becomes much more interesting and the arch is outstanding. The actual trail is a fun moderate hike with slight scaling of big steps. Views are always awesome in Sedona.

One trail where you walk down the incline, then back up, without much elevation change except around the landslide area at the end. Interesting rock formations. Nice view towards fountain hills, four peaks, and Superstition Mountains.

I like this trail. The first section is uninspiring with lots of loose rocks and not much in the way of views. Then it opens up into a nice fairly clear trail with a gradual incline up the mountain and wide open scenery. The last bit before the top is steeper and rocky but fairly short. The views at the top are great.

23 hours ago

Nice loop trail, decent elevation, good easy distance. A but rocky for my liking... lots of time spent looking at the trail in front of my feet rather than the view. Amenities at the trailhead.

Best birding Trail in Sedona I’ve experienced so far. Beautiful views at the end of the trail. I never did spot the trail to the archway however.

So challenging, but worth it! The views were amazing!

This must be one of the top ten hikes in the United States. Our group consisted of two college-age kids, three adults aged 47-55, and one octogenarian. We caught the 7am Hiker's Express Shuttle and were on the SK by 7:45 am. While the eldest in our group (yeah, he's 80 and in great shape) took the Tonto crosscut trail to Indian Gardens (total distance SK-Tonto-BA: 13 miles), the rest continued down the SK to the river and lingered in Phantom Ranch for 20 minutes and then another 15 minutes on the beach where the Bright Angel reaches the Colorado. Another break at Indian Garden before the final ascent gave us a total distance of 18 miles (the spur to Phantom Ranch instead of just staying on the River Trail adds a mile or more) which was done in 11 hours. We finished a half hour after sunset with enough light to not need our headlamps and flashlights. There was water at Phantom Ranch and Indian Garden, but to be safe, we each carried a regular-sized water bottle as well as three gallon jugs to replenish as needed. We could have carried a gallon less for our group of six, but preferred to err on the side of caution and as it turns out, gave water to another hiker who had run out. While most prefer to overnight at Phantom Ranch, this is a doable day hike, but only for older adults if they are fit (my wife and I are mid-50s and in marathon training). Whatever your age, do not estimate the difficulty of the final climb up the Bright Angel, however. Your quads and calfs will feel this one and it waits for you until the end of your hike. Bring food, water, headlamps if you have ANY concern about being out after dark, a fire starter and appropriate outer clothing for the season. We started at 38 degrees, experienced mid-70s at the river, and finished in the mid-40s (March 21). Weather couldn't have been better for us and the icy patches at the top of the BA had pretty much melted away during the day. If you are an avid hiker, put this one on your list!

Beautiful hike! Weather was great! The river crossings were a nice added bonus to the hike. Great for my little ones and teenagers! Want to come back in the summer when it is green!

1 day ago

Great hike and under the bridge is an amazing open cavelike feel with water spraying down from above. The wet rocks under the bridge are slippery but we’ll worth the effort.

Great hike and quite challenging even on a cool 70ies low 80ies Arizona spring day. We went up through Carney Springs and clocked 8.5 miles including a couple of small detours. As someone pointed out the trail shown here does not go all the way to the top - but I’d agree that you can’t miss it. Harder than Flatiron for sure.

This is a very challenging hike but patience can go a long way in scaling this tough climb. We had to get creative and I found the last 12-foot climb a bit daunting. Looking around at my options, I noticed on the left side that it can be scaled quickly, though. There are plenty of foot and hand holds. If you have the determination, this is a rewarding hike — the views and sense of accomplishment are worth the day-long effort to get up and down.

There are some spectacular views, and those are well worth the climb. The climb can be challenging near the top, depending on your experience level.

Excellent trail for the beginner, very moderate slopes and few hills. There are areas of terrain that are rocky and unstable. Great views from all around.

Wonderful trail, easy, didn't need poles I'd brought, great rock formations--careful of rattler(s)? right in front of first large rock formation on trail on right coming from trailhead parking lot!

scenic driving
1 day ago

Fun for just a day run and a place to stop for a bag lunch.

1 day ago

Fun to hike the rocks also...

Well worth the headache of getting a permit!

I read the reviews and thought, how hard can it be? Especially with an All Trails map! Even with a track to follow this hike is challenging and we managed to get off-course. Gloves are definitely helpful because of the rock climbing and possibly slips on loose rock. The view at the top is awesome and of course the bench and mailbox are super cute! But there is a lot of loose rock which I didn't enjoy sliding on during our descent. This was not only a physical challenge but a mental one as well. There was a lot of thinking/navigating involved. It is well marked with cairns, which proved to be very useful. My legs are scratched from rock and cactus but it was worth it. Beautiful views and a challenging climb!

OMG there was snow! This was our second time up Browns Peak but we didn't expect snow in March. As Canadians, we aren't afraid of a little snow and decided to go for it anyway and see what we could do. As usual, the views going up are gorgeous and the trail was in good shape. Scree Chute is intimidating enough without ice and snow, but with it...wow! Other people were coming down so we decided to go for it. With hiking boots and gloves we made our way to the top and back down again. It was super sketchy though. I'm glad I can say I've done it in the snow, but I don't think I'd attempt it again. Free climbing in those conditions is unpredictable and I'm just not sure it's worth the stress. Browns Peak is still a favourite and absolutely beautiful up-top. I will definitely do this one again, sans snow!

First time doing this trail. We came in from Mobile and it was a fairly easy drive. The trail is in great condition but definitely an uphill grind. On a warm day, start early and take lots of water! Absolutely beautiful at the top with a great view of South Mountain. Would definitely do this one again!

Great nature walk (counter clockwise) with 2 dogs, 7 and 12 year olds. Civilization is always in view but removed enough for strategic photos. Natural “stairs” make the climb manageable. Chose this bc listed as “moderately” traveled and it was. Narrow trail lends to careful merging and passing.

Beautiful. You need a 4x4 to get to the devil’s bridge trailhead. The road is super rocky and unpaved—I do not recommend you try it. Instead, drive to the trailhead devils bridge trailhead as far as you can go. I put it into my GPS. you will see when the road becomes unpaved. Stop there and immediately to your left you’ll see a parking lot. Park there. Do the Chuck Wagon trail (marked as 3-strenuous on the trail map). Note it is NOT strenuous. I would classify it as easy. And the hike was gorgeous with beautiful views. Once you get to devil’s bridge trail, the views aren’t great until you get to the end. devil’s bridge trail is moderate, and the rock scramble to the top is moderate to strenuous. It took us 2.5 hours round trip including stopping for pix at the top. I note that to get back to the car, we did the route listed in this review— going along route 1–easy on the Jeep path. It was dusty and had jeeps on it and no views. So no views until you get onto devil’s bridge path. We saw a lot of people walking along it instead of taking chuck wagon. I totally recommend taking chuck wagon instead of the Jeep path!!! That was the best part of the hike. I recommend this hike. Not my favorite but fun and not too long.

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