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 Cathedral Rock Trail #170 - Sedona, AZ
Description 157 Triplogs 0 Topics
RatedFavorite   Wish List Region
 Sedona SW
Difficulty 2    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 1.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,040 feet
Elevation Gain 700 feet
Accumulated Gain 750 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 5.25
Author joe bartels
Descriptions 198
Routes 580
Photos 8,212
Trips 2,597 map ( 13,538 miles )
Age 45
Location Phoenix, AZ
Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
18  2015-03-09 cw50must
2  2014-09-06 squatpuke
2  2014-03-18 MARLIN
15  2014-03-15 Uncharted
3  2013-11-11 squatpuke
3  2013-10-01 fricknaley
6  2013-08-22 cactuscat
1  2013-06-28 boneboyj
8  2013-03-16 ddgrunning
10  2012-10-02 cabel
24  2012-09-02 Darth Stiller
4  2012-05-26 trekkin gecko
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Trailhead Forecast
Historical Weather
Map - Beartooth Sedona
Forest Coconino
Seasons - ALL
Official Route
Alternative Routes
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
0.6  Crescent Moon Trail
0.9  Gibraltar Rock
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0.9  Sedona - Southwest / Cathedral Rock
1.1  HT Trail
1.1  Little Horse Trail #61
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the LEDGE ends!
by joe bartels

Wow what a great experience! The trail is a cairn adventure. If you follow the over sized constructed cairns the trip is a breeze. I did some variations and followed the countless trails everywhere. I recommend the cairns on your first trip. From the trailhead check out the map. The trail is bare rock in most places making the cairns necessary. The setting is everything I had ever imagined a Sedona hike to be, yet took me a few years to find it!

Soon into the hike the task of climbing the sandstone slopes begins. I would never recommend attempting these slopes on a rainy day! For those coming from Tempe, this is very similar terrain to the slopes at the Papago Buttes. The steep angles take some getting used to. They are potentially dangerous if you get off trail. Some people find getting down is more difficult than going up. Personally, I think getting down is easier, you just slide on your butt. I know for those that hike this area on a regular basis it's no big deal. The reason you see folks standing idle on the slopes is obvious, it's a bit scary at first. Please use common sense and if it seems hard getting up, you might reconsider. If you stick to the bomber proof cairns there's really only one semi technical section. To make it even easier there's a few foot steps carved into the rock.

Upon reaching Cathedral Saddle there is an awesome ledge to the right. Be careful. The views are breath taking.


Directions Preferred Months Mar Apr Sep Oct
Water / Source:none
Preferred StartAny Cell Phone SignalYes Sunrise6:20am Sunset6:45pm
Road / VehiclePaved - Car Okay
Fees / Permit
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 Phoenix go North on Highway I-17 to the Sedona Exit which is SR179. Turn left to go to Sedona. Past Oak Creek Village and about 3 miles before the 'Y' in Sedona turn left onto Back O' Beyond Rd. From the turn it's only about 0.7 miles to the most obvious and usually crowded trail parking area on the left. (Note: I didn't get exact mileage on these directions)
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