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 Sedona SE
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Difficulty 3.5    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 4,372 feet
Elevation Gain 547 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 - 1+ hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.74
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Peak
Author MtnGeek
Descriptions 9
Routes 0
Photos 118
Trips 72 map ( 489 miles )
Age 38
Location Denver, CO
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short climb up stable redrock
by MtnGeek

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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 lest 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.

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Directions Preferred Months Sep Oct Feb Mar
Water / Source:None
Preferred StartAny Cell Phone SignalYes Sunrise7:26am Sunset5:55pm
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.

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To hike
From the 'Y' in Sedona 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.
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