Yep, it's a short hike. The rewards come quick. The trail goes down into a ravine and up the butte on the other side. Once on the butte the trail goes left or right. I didn't explore to the right. Instead take the left. As you approach the northeast edge the trail turns to red rock. The pitch of the slope here is steep! You can make it across if you're careful.
It's a very short journey to the cave known as the Robbers Roost. Be careful as the red rock is steep. The view is cool, but I think it looks even better in panorama. This isn't much of a hike by itself. It would be a good side trip if you're headed towards Sycamore Canyon.
Note: The first few photos in my set of Cathedral Rock are on the same day, but not from this area.
Red Rock Pass - may or may not be required. The "more" link within the FS website does not work so it is confusing. If you have questions contact the Coconino forest service.
To hike From the corner of SR260 & SR89A in Cottonwood Arizona go north on 89A 8.9 miles to FR525. FR525 is 9.6 miles south of the 'Y' if you're coming from Sedona. Go west onto FR525 and follow it 2.8 miles to where FR525C forks off to the left. Follow FR525C 6.6 miles to yet another spur road FR9530. Turn right onto FR9530 and follow up the hill over a mile to a good size turn around with a red rock hill to the right and lower across a ravine.
FR9530 is a high clearance road to the trailhead. Beyond it's 4x4 if you care to explore. It doesn't go much further, but there are some nice views.
FR9530b is passed on route to the trailhead. This goes down to the east side of Robbers Roost. Fair for a view but you won't be scaling that slope if that's what you're thinking.
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