Traffic was a mess in Sedona on this fine Veteran's Day, especially with all the construction. Our original plan was to do Cathedral Rock, but the mini-van in front of us nabbed the last parking spot. We braved the traffic once more and headed for Soldiers Pass. The Soldiers Pass parking lot was also full, but fortunately there was someone leaving when we arrived and we took their spot. Seemed like it took forever to hit the trail!
Despite the crowds and jeep tours, I really enjoyed this hike! The sinkhole is a wonder by itself and made the trip worth it by itself. The rest of the trail isn't the most spectacular area in Sedona by any means, but it is quite beautiful in its own right. With no help from anyone else we passed on the trail, we made it to the arches. They weren't anything special, but I enjoyed the side trail out there. Of course, we had nice clouds the whole time which added to the experience!