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Slim Shady Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance One Way 2.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,159 feet
Elevation Gain 22 feet
Accumulated Gain 343 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.74
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Slim Shady - Templeton
6  2017-10-20 Xiled1
20  2017-07-22 HAZardous
15  2017-04-09
Cathedral Rock Loop
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Cathedral Rock Loop
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Cathedral Loop Plus
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Made in the Shade - Sedona
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Author HAZardous
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Location mesa, az
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by HAZardous

This south Sedona area trail connects the Village of Oak Creek (VOC) to the Templeton trail at the HT Trail junction. It travels between the SR-179 on the east, and the Transept on the west, gradually ascending to Yavapai Vista, then descending. Frequently used by bicyclists who stay in, or rent their bikes in the VOC, though I saw only one bike vs. half a dozen hikers the summer Saturday morning I hiked it for this description. I expect more traffic during cooler weather.

From the south, Slim Shady starts at the north end of the paved sidewalk on the west side of 179 in the VOC. It can also be accessed directly across 179 from the Bell Rock Vista sign (entrance to the Red Rock fee parking area south of Bell Rock) or through the Red Agave Resort off Canyon Circle Drive (be courteous to guests, walk your bike if riding.) After crossing over a drainage culvert, the trail heads off 179 and northwest into a wash. After about 200 yards you meet the junction that goes to Canyon Circle Drive, then another 300 yards is the south junction of the Made in the Shade trail. Continuing to climb slightly, the trail undulates across washes as it makes it's way north through typical Sedona vegetation including juniper, scrub oak, manzanita, yucca, prickly pear, and cat claw. You might spot the occasional cottontail, javalina or coyote. Good views of Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte pop up along the way. After another seven tenths of a mile you come to the north end of the Made in the Shade trail. The trail keeps working it's way up, paralleling SR-179. Three tenths more brings the junction of the Coconino trail, then another tenth to the Hiline junction and Yavapai Vista, a large slickrock area with terrific views of Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte, Lee Mountain, and Twin Buttes, and Capitol Butte. At the north end of the slickrock, the Slim Shady meets the Yavapai trail at about 1.5 miles in and is the highest trail elevation. Begin descending to the north, and keep an eye backward for a good view of Bunny Ears in the gap between Courthouse and Lee Mountain. Shortly you pass the junction of the Kaibab trail (Sedona version) and then descend into a large wash, which the trail follows for about a third of a mile. Lots of rock ramp improvements have been made along the way to facilitate bicycle traffic. The trail eventually leaves the wash and starts heading northwest across more level terrain. There is one tricky spot for navigation about 2.1 miles in on a small patch of slickrock where the white paint marker appears wrong (I've headed down that wash 5 yards or so both times I've hiked this trail.) The trail is up and to the left. The trail begins descending again, and you get a good view of Cathedral Rock. After a couple of switchbacks it soon ends at the Templeton Trail. Continuing straight would put you northbound on the HT Trail.

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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.
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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).
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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.
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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
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Cathedral Rock Loop Sedona
Park at the Yavapai Vista parking area. Note that the parking area can only be accessed from the southbound lanes of SR179. From the ranger station, head north on SR179 5.5 miles to the Back o Beyond roundabout at milepost 310. Go completely around it and head back south towards Phoenix for 1.5 miles and take a right into Yavapai Vista, a little past milepost 309.
We started at the Yavapai Point on the Yavapai Vista trailhead. There are several converging trails here, so be watchful. You are taking the Slim-Shady trail to the HiLine. Most of the elevation occurs on the HiLine section of this trail.
Both the HiLine and the Slim-Shady trails continue somewhat opposite directions (Slim-Shady roughly parallels the highway, while the HiLine generally runs east-west). When you hit the HiLine trail, head west (left). The trail is best done in this clockwise direction.
The trail intersection is clearly marked; don't be alarmed by the sign that cautions "Extreme Difficulty" - this is for mountain bikers only. And we encountered more than a few, especially as the day went on, so I conclude that this may be a popular network of bike trails as well.
The trail is clearly marked and in most places very well worn. In the few places where you are hiking on the sandstone, there are white symbols that show the main trail...but as I said, the bikes have also clearly marked out the path...
About 3 to 3.5 miles in you will intersect the Baldwin trail. This is also the "exit" for the HiLine trail if you are on a mountain bike. Bear to the right (north/northeasterly); this is the eastern segment of the Baldwin trail. After about 1 mile you intersect the Templeton trail and are in sight of Oak Creek. About 100 paces to the right (going east) on the Templeton trail, the trail goes right down to the creek, and this makes a pleasant lunch spot. (We actually went about 100 paces to the west and came down to the creek at that point, but it wasn't as comfortable as we had expected.)
Oak Creek was running quite high the day we went, to the point that any ideas about crossing it or even cooling off were quickly set aside. But the views of Cathedral Rock from this point are spectacular.
After an extended break, we continued down the Templeton trail to the east. Once you climb out of the canyon - along a very well-worn and heavily used stone trail - you are over halfway through this hike.
Continue on the Templeton and you are going east, with Cathedral Rock on your right. Once you intersect the Cathedral Rock Trail, you may want to add an addition mile or so (plus associated elevation gain/loss) by hiking up the Rock, but our group was just enjoying the views so we passed on without attempting the Rock trail.
There was some ups-and-downs for the next couple of miles, but the trail was still well-marked and well-trod.
At the intersection of the Slim-Shady trail, turn south (right). Follow the Slim-Shady back to the intersection of the Yavapai Point and then down the Yavapai Vista trail back to the parking lot.
Some of our group missed the turnoff and continued down to the end of the Slim-Shady, which is the we had an additional mile back, hiking along the road.

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, travel SR179 south to the Village of Oak Creek. Turn around at the first traffic circle and park in the Bell Rock parking area (fee or pass required.) Cross 179 at Bell Rock Vista sign.

Parking in commercial parking lots may incur towing.
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