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Hiline Trail - Sedona, AZ

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Distance One Way 3.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,474 feet
Elevation Gain -389 feet
Accumulated Gain 434 feet
Avg Time One Way 2-4 hours
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Author mt98dew
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by mt98dew

There are several options available to you when attempting this hike. The in and out or a Templeton Loop is the most obvious, but there are lassoes and loops of various sizes that can easily be created. I believe the Hiline is a newer trail and does not show up on the maps at all the Trailheads. Baldwin and Cathedral Rock TH maps, possible starting points for the Hiline Trail, do not indicate the Hiline Trail. However, the Yavapai Point TH, which provides the quickest access to this trail, does have a map that shows the Hiline and how it interacts with the surrounding trails. The views from this trail are Fantastic! Providing great views of Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte and Cathedral Rock as well as the surrounding Sedona vista. Note, this trail is very doable when going east to west, but becomes a little more challenging when going the other direction due to the elevation gain that occurs towards the western end of the trail. Take that into consideration if you plan on doing this as an in and out. Also, be advised this is "advertised" as being a biking trail for advanced riders. Certain sections can be steep and "blind" so be on the lookout!

The Hiline Trail is about .3 miles in from the Yavapai Point TH. There are a couple of "mini" trails in the area that will get you to the start of the Hiline. The Hiline initially starts off with several gradual switchbacks that gains about 125 feet over the first .3 miles. After that the trail stays fairly level for the next 1.25 miles gaining only another 75 ft. There are some ups and downs so the AEG will be slightly more. As you follow the trail along the contours of the mountain you are given great views of the Sedona landscape. Initially, you get to admire Bell Rock and the Courthouse, but as you continue you get a good but distant look at Chapel of the Holy Cross and mountains north of Sedona. At about 1 mile from the start of the Hiline Trail you turn a corner and get your first view of Cathedral Rock. At a little over 1.5 miles into the Hiline hike you'll reach a bluff and the high point in the trail. My garmin had elevation at 4650. The views are picturesque to say the least. From here on, it is a steady descent. At about 1.8 miles the trail surface changes fantastically! (In my opinion). For the next mile you are hiking on a monolith - solid stone. Very similar to what you would experience if you were to hike on the neighboring Cathedral Rock Trail. Instead of using the "caged" cairns, trail builders resorted to spray painted white arrows. Not very sightly, but beneficial in trying to follow the trail. The views to the north are fantastic as you work your way around Cathedral Rock and the views to the south are just as good as look out over a 100 ft (or more) drop.

At just about 2.8 miles into the hike you come to a relatively steep descent. In .25 miles you drop about 250 ft. Not too bad if your hiking, but if your riding a bike!! Beware! And the amazing thing is this trail was designed, in part, with bikers in mind. After the descent, you enter a sandy/rocky tree enclosed wash for a very short time (.05 miles). This was for a very short time, but I felt it was worth noting because it is quite distinct. Once again, in my mind, this part of the trail is not very bike friendly. From here, though, it is only .3 miles from the end of the trail and the juncture with the Baldwin Trail.

At this point you have the option of returning back up the trail. This would be the shortest route and the views would be worth seeing again. Or you could do a loop of your choosing. The elevation may not be as much, but it would be a longer. But that just means you would have more time to take in the views.

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There is no water at the Yavapai Point TH so plan accordingly.

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Most recent of 11 deeper Triplog Reviews
Hiline Trail - Sedona
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Sedona Hike
this is the one i couldn't wait for. modified the Bruce/Joe loop by tagging on some excellent additional trail miles and circling around behind cathedral. there was a big storm front moving in that evening so i knew i was on the clock a little bit for this one.

started off messing around up on the beautiful bell rock. went up the lower chute and decided in the interest of time (ie storm) to call it there, for this trip. i will be back for the top one day. scrambled down and around on courthouse butte. took a minute to figure out the unmarked loop out to the rabbit ears. the way out is a bit of a rocky slog, but once you hit the high point, loop around to magnificent view of the rabbit ears and bring it home on the much more entertaining northern leg, this becomes a much more worthwhile excursion!

scenic traverse on llama and little horse over to chicken point for the next high yield part of the hike. views from chicken point are always wonderful. broken arrow is great, then the absolutely fantastic high on the hog and hog heaven trails. man i love these two trails. completed the loop around the mountains on hog wash, mystic and chapel trails. headed back to 179 then crossed under it on little horse and the surprisingly nice HT trails.

next up was probably my most anticipated part of the day looping over to, up/down, then around cathedral. the templeton trail is underrated in my opinion and the segment from HT to cathedral junction, i found to be lovely. this is when the weather really moved in. i contemplated bailing on going up/down cathedral since i've done it numerous times. instead i decided to just put on my bobby rockets and blast up and down. more templeton awesomeness to the creek, then short but sweet crossover on baldwin to the Hiline trail. Folks, we have another sedona winner with the Hiline Trail. completely awesome trail, with sections remniscent of the hogs/hangover. the weather was pretty crazy at this point so i had to keep it moving, but this was really outstanding. i had earlier notions of adding a few extra miles at the end with looping made in the shade and slim shady, but it was pretty clear it was time to call it a day. and i was getting sick of the wind at this point too. ha

outstanding big day out there, without that many people all things considered. my gps screwed up on me for a while on the little horse and broken arrow trails, so the numbers associated with my gps route are not right (a little too low, especially the elevation). for those interested, the route is good though.
Hiline Trail - Sedona
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Visiting friends in Sedona. I wanted to do the Baldwin Loop but when we reached Hiline Trail junction we elected to take it. This part of the trail is double diamond for mountain bikers and it's posted 'one way'. Bikers were coming toward us and it was fun to sit on the side of the trail and watch them come down some very steep sections of trail. We hiked out and when I had enough we all turned around. Parked at the Baldwin Trailhead on Verde Valley School Rd and hiked the Baldwin trail and a short section of the hiline. With Sue, Rich and Judy.
Hiline Trail - Sedona
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Cathedral Rock Loop
We start this loop at the Baldwin trail head on Verde Valley School Road north of the village of Oak Creek. You can also start the loop at the Yavapai Point trail head and the Cathedral Rock trail head. Starting from the Baldwin trail head: there are many different ecosystems along this trail. Starting out on the Baldwin trail, you follow Oak Creek along the North side of Cathedral Rock where it is cool and shady in the morning. Joining up to the Templeton trail, you are in high desert chaparral continuing in the morning shadow of Cathedral Rock. Soon you come to the Cathedral Rock trail head where you may encounter tourists sunning themselves and taking photos on a large rock ledge on the East side of Cathedral rock. There is a steep, dangerous trail to the summit here, the Cathedral Rock trail. Next is a little warren of short trails to get to the Hiline Trail. We took the Yavapai Vista and the Easy Breezy trails, which wind near the slick rock near the Yavapai Vista trail head. The Hiline trail is a delight, climbing above the valley below and showing breathtaking views of the red rock skyline, including Bell Rock and Courthouse Rock. The first part of the Hiline trail is quite popular, especially on weekends. People usually go about two miles to a high plateau overlooking Verde Schoolhouse road to the East and then return. If you continue past this point you will head through a canyon to a series of steep dry wash descents. You are in low chaparral at this point, with ocatilla and palo verde trees. Look back to the high plateau on the Hiline trail to see how far you have come. Return to the Baldwin trail parking lot via the South and West portions of the Baldwin loop.
Hiline Trail - Sedona
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Cathedral Loop Plus
Kelly and I planned a Sunday hike in Sedona. I put together two options, the other included and in and out on Huckaby to Marge's Draw and a visit to Snoopy. We, however, opted for the Cathedral Loop. I did some further Rx and a route was born. I emailed the Mays to see if there were available and now the plan came together.

The others pretty much covered this hike.I'm just glad you can now do it as a loop altho an out and back in Sedona is never really a bad thing. I was also happy we got to hike it with Wade and Mary Jo. It doubles the enjoyment as this type of hike is fun to share with others.
Trail was in great condition whether you were going up or down. Hiking it counterclockwise is the better choice as the bike traffic is coming toward you for the most part. We saw limited bike action today altho we did encounter a fellow who claimed to help design/build the Hiline Trail (Double Black Diamond).
The views were almost always great except the other side of Baldwin with the power line in the way. For 10 miles you get a lot of bang for your buck and even the hills are short-lived though steep in parts.

I think my pictures pretty much tell the rest of the story. Let's just say it's a hike you'd do over again... even the next day. I haven't even looked at the movies yet as I just finished off the video from my First Water Massacre Grounds Loop from a couple weeks ago.

Thanks to Wade, our own personal squadron commander, for driving. We had a great late lunch/early dinner at Blue Moon. Food has consistently been good there over the years and you don't have to fight Sedona traffic.

very heavy Blackfoot Daisies. moderate Cliff-Rose.
Hiline Trail - Sedona
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Cathedral Rock Loop
This has got to be one of my favorite hikes ever! Absolutely beautiful at every turn. Tibber organized and planned a great loop for us and it was one of those rare opportunities that all of our schedules worked out to hike together in Sedona. This loop gives you a different landscape and a variety of trail conditions and challenges. The highlights of the day was the climb to Cathedral Rock. Kelly (trekkin_gecko) scooted right up the channel to the top without a sweat. It was such a fun climb, placing your feet and hands in the foot holds and lifting yourself up at each step. Nothing really that difficult if you are in good shape. (Don't bring hiking sticks--they just get in the way.) This climb was more challenging for me as I am OLD and need to do training squats everyday to prepare for this type of hike. We spent a lot of time on top taking photos and watching others celebrate their successful climb. There were a lot more people on the trail as we descended. Going down looks much scarier but it is definitely a lot easier. The second favorite highlight was ascending Hiline Trail. Yikes. I cannot believe mountain bikers go down that horrendous trail. It is marked as a Double Black Diamond! Going up was not technically difficult but was physically taxing for me. I love being challenged. My third favorite highlight was at Oak Creek while we were having lunch. We watched and photographed this beautiful hawk that kept flying over the creek. It perched on a tree and after we gave up trying to get him (or her) to pay attention to us so that we could get a good photo of him/her, we decided to pack it up and hit the trail again. Just then....the hawk swooped off the limb down into the water and grabbed a fish or a frog with its talons and flew into the woods for a tasty lunch. It was awesome! No one got it on camera but it is ingrained to our memory forever! All trails we hiked on were wonderful. Some were easy, some were a climb, but the trails were well maintained. I love hiking on grippy sandstone. The day flew by because every where you look, it is GORGEOUS! I will do this hike again! Thanks Angela (Tibber) and Kelly (Trekkin Gecko) for a fantastic day and including Wade (AZWanderingBear) and I (AZBeaver).
Hiline Trail - Sedona
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Cathedral Rock Loop
Had a rare Sunday off. Got a nice invite to join Angela and Kelly on some trails MJ and I hadn't yet done. Trails were very nice, weather was perfect, and the company was great. Got to the Yavapai Vista trailhead early enough to get a parking spot. Trails weren't crowded at all except near trail heads and the creek.

Kelly insisted on the climb/scramble up Cathedral Rock Trail. Lower portions were crowded, but they thinned out nicely with more elevation. My lungs reminded me I hadn't been going uphill much lately. Need to fix that. Views at the top were extremely good.

Oak Creek is always a jewel in the desert. We took that part of the trail slowly, enjoying the small riffles and the deeper pools. We took a snack break near the feeding grounds for a fishing hawk. I missed the swoop that netted him a frog unfortunately.

The variety of terrain, views and abundant wild flowers on the Hiline really gave us a great ending to a very memorable hike. I expect to be back on this loop in the future. It's one of those you look forward to repeating.
Hiline Trail - Sedona
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Cathedral Rock Loop
very fun loop that has been on our radar for about a year now
@azwanderingbear and @azbeaver were able to join @tibber and i for it
we started from yavapai vista but there are other options for parking
best to go counterclockwise so that you meet the mountain bikers descending hiline head on
we added cathedral rock from templeton since wade and mary jo hadn't been up there
also took the long way on baldwin, but another time we would take the cutoff for better scenery
all the trails were nice, providing a variety of views and terrain
templeton dropped down to oak creek, where we stopped for a snack
very lush and green along the creek
saw a hawk swoop down and snatch what we think was a frog out of the creek :o
the west side of baldwin was the least interesting, but hit the hiline soon enough
great trail with a couple of gnarly climbs and a good stretch on slickrock similar to hangover trail
dropped back down to slim shady and out
saw a few hikers on templeton, tons on the cathedral rock trail, a few near the creek and some bikers on hiline
can't imagine going down those drops
perfect temps all day, slightly overcast much of the time, and slight breeze
very enjoyable day with good company
nice to get out with mary jo and wade again
angela, we've picked some good ones this year
highly recommend this hike, keeping the cathedral rock spur but taking the shortest segment of baldwin
Hiline Trail - Sedona
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Cathedral Rock Loop
Lead a hike with some of my Meetup pals today in Sedona. Parked at the Yapavai Vista trailhead and headed north on Hermit Trail which parallels 179 up to the Templeton Trail where it crosses under the highway. Followed Templeton to Baldwin and enjoyed some snacks along Oak Creek. Completed the loop on HiLine to Slim Shady and Yapavai Vista trail. Great day, great hike. HiLine was definitely the highlight of the loop!
Hiline Trail - Sedona
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First time completing this loop and completing Hi Line.

Went from Yavapai Vista - Hi Line - Baldwin - Templeton - Slim Shady - Yavapai Vista.

Got to Yavapai Vista where a group of people (with an instructor) in a circle and doing yoga which quickly reminded me that the Sedona Yoga festival was going on all weekend.

The side of Hi Line close to Baldwin was gnarly in some parts. I don't know if it was because my shoe was not as grippy as I'm used to or what but I was not able to run down some parts of Hi Line, nearing the wash. Had to hike down that stretch. Very small gravely rocks going down the big slabs of slick smooth rock.
The sketchy part began at the sign that says 'caution watch out for uphill traffic', down to the wash. I almost got lost at the wash, did not know you had to actually stay in the wash to get back to the 'trail'. I was disoriented for a minute, thankfully a mountain biker pointed me to the right direction. It was a relief to be on Baldwin trail finally (the trail i was familiar with). The water level in the creek was still high and it was raging! Lots of people at the creek. Nice cooler section of the trail which was much welcomed. After going up Templeton switchbacks the trail becomes exposed, no shade at all. (this is the part where I bonked). Several people going up Cathedral. .
Was beginning to get worried that it would take longer to get to Slim Shady when I finally saw the trail sign where Templeton met with HT and Slim Shady.

First time on this side of Slim Shady and the trail was slim and some parts were shady. :D It was just a gentle rolling trail but felt it would have been an easier run going the opposite direction. There were quite a few mountain bikers, managed to avoid any collisions.

Able to complete the loop as planned, but next time I will try running it counter clockwise so I am not going down questionable sections of Hi Line.

Bonked hard after mile 6 and major leg cramps by mile 8. Birds chirping cool breeze early in the am but quickly warmed up. Hello Spring! :y:
Hiline Trail - Sedona
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Wanted to check out the Yavapai Vista network of trails, also wanted to find the trail that takes you to HiLine and I found it! :y: (without getting lost).

Started after 10am and there were only a few spots left at the parking lot. Somewhat surprised because it was a Sunday and temps were cool and skies gray and overcast.

I had consulted a map and naturally got confused by the loop options. Started at Coconino Trail and made a side trip to Slim Shady and was able to find where it connects with Made in the Shade (aka Lost in the Shade). Turned around and found where Slim Shady meets HiLine. Stayed on HiLine for about a mile and a half and turned around, took Yavapai Trail then Basalt on the way back down.

Hiked Baldwin a number of times but never ventured off to HiLine because the Double Diamond (although rated for bikers) rating scared me a bit. But WOW! This trail has some elevation and ruggedness that I like. The path is rocky in certain parts and certainly narrow. I could see why it's rated double diamond, one misstep and you could go rolling down the hill (Lone Survivor style :scared: ).

The views kept getting better as you go further, gives you a different view of Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. The high desert is looking green!!

The trail was well groomed, we stopped at a mesa where you could see Cathedral, Oak Creek (and other areas I am not familiar with :D ), right before it descends to a vast area of slick rock. We probably had a couple of miles to go to find where it intersects with Baldwin (that will be for next time).

Saw a couple of hikers, a handful of courteous mountain bikers and a slow moving trail runner (I hope she was not injured). No four legged pals that morning.

This trail is runnable, I had to jog some parts since my Speedgoat partner decided not to wait for me while I decided to check out the descent part of the trail. It looks like you can make a nice loop further to Baldwin - Templeton - Slim Shady and back to Yavapai Vista. Another trail to add to the trail running route :DANCE:

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.

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From the "Y" in Sedona, proceed south on SR-179 to the Yavapai Point Vista.

From Phoenix, proceed north on 17 to SR-179, pass through the Village of Oak Creek, make a U-turn at Back-o-beyond drive, and drive south on 179 to Yavapai Point Vista.

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