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Robbers Roost - Sedona, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 0.74 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,967 feet
Elevation Gain -92 feet
Accumulated Gain 202 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 15 min
Kokopelli Seeds 1.75
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Taylor Cabin Loop
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Robbers Roost - Loy Butte
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Robbers Roost sunset
21  2020-08-21 cw50must
6  2020-04-08 caragruey
4  2019-10-05 fairweather8588
5  2018-01-28 AZBeaver
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Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 242
Routes 836
Photos 12,083
Trips 4,883 map ( 24,926 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Sun  5:33am - 7:36pm
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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. Check out 50 other hikes 2 miles or less in Sedona.

The first few photos in my set of Cathedral Rock are on the same day, but not from this area.

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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.

Permit $$
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.

Red Rock - Secret Mountain Wilderness
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Map Drive
FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

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' ( 179/89A ) 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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