Bell Rock is one of the major landmarks in Sedona overlooking Oak Creak Village. The climb is a fun short climb. The bottom of it you have to use your hands to climb up many small 5-foot cliffs. You gain about 5 feet elevation then walk on level ground for 20 feet then do it all over again. You want to aim yourself in the crevasse facing the road. After a while you will be walking on fairly steep solid rock. You may need to use your hands for balance sometimes. Watch out for pebbles flying past you. Once you reach the end of the crevasse cliffs will surround you. There are two ways from the top from here. You can go left and walk up through a tiny crevasse. When you get to the end you will need to wedge your body up in the cliffs facing each other to climb straight up. If this does not appeal to you, you can take the right approach. This is easier. There are many handholds and footholds, searching for them and testing them is easy. This route is about at a 65 degrees angle. Once on top of the ridge there are 3 smaller points you can climb up to. Each of them is an easy ascent. Then there is the 50-foot spire, 90 degrees angle. You will need ropes if you want to finish the climb. It looks easy going up, but coming down would be difficult.
Coming down Bell Rock is a little bit tricky. You do not want to take the wedge approach coming down. You want to take the other route. There are a various ways to come down from the route. Look down and carefully plan your route. Sometimes you will be facing the rock and other times looking away from it. There is a lot of exposure here and it will make your heart beat faster and maybe skip a few beats. Once off the cliffs it is easier coming down the second half then coming up.
Bell Rock is a wonderful climb. I would recommend it to anybody that likes a little adventure. The Top is amazing to be on. You are looking down cliffs in every direction. You can see where people took a wrong turn and ended up on a lower pinnacle and can't get any higher. Very few people actually make it to the very top.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
Red Rock Pass - may or may not be required. Go to Red Rock Pass then check "When is a Red Rock Pass Required?". If you have questions contact the Coconino forest service.
Paved - Car Okay
To hike From the 'Y' in Sedona ( 179/89A ) go on to 179 towards Oak Creak Village. You can park on the left or the right side of the road once you reach Bell Rock. I did not have a Red Rock Pass and was not hassled.
Warning: heat kills!
Avoid 8am to 6pm over 90 degrees. Prehydrate & stay hydrated. Avoid Heat Illness - do NOT hike when temps exceed 100 degrees, period.