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Sedona Landmarks Hike, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Multi-Loop 13.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,532 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,570 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4-6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 26.75
Interest Seasonal Waterfall & Peak
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12  2017-12-08 DixieFlyer
author avatar Guides 70
Routes 649
Photos 10,692
Trips 684 map ( 8,013 miles )
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Location Fountain Hills, AZ
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Preferred Apr, Oct, Mar, Nov → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:43am - 7:21pm
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Red Rocks Galore!
by DixieFlyer

This hike begins and ends at the Jim Thompson trailhead (the trailhead is also referred to as the Jordan Road trailhead), and the trail gets up close and personal with some of Sedona's well-known landmarks.

The hike begins by going north on the Brins Mesa trail until a signed junction with the Soldiers Pass Trail. Take a left at the intersection and go south on the Soldiers Pass Trail. Along the way on the Soldiers Pass Trail, there is a short diversion to go to the Soldiers Pass arches and another stop at the Seven Sacred Pools. When you get to the junction with the Teapot Trail, go west on the Teapot trail. You will pass around and under Coffee Pot rock. Continue through the Andante trailhead. Just past the Andante trailhead, take a left and take a clockwise loop around Chimney Rock. On this loop, there is a stop at the interesting and unique Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park.

Continue on the Chimney Rock loop and take a side trip up to the summit of Little Sugarloaf Mountain; this is an excellent place to stop for lunch and enjoy the 360-degree views of Doe Mountain, Chimney Rock, Thunder Mountain, Airport Mesa, Capitol Butte. Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, etc. then complete the loop around Chimney Rock, go through the Andante trailhead and follow the Teapot trail back to the Soldiers Pass trail; then go right and stop at Devil's kitchen; then take the Jordan trail and the Cibola Pass trail back to the starting trailhead.

I thought that going inside the Soldiers Pass arches and climbing to the top of Little Sugarloaf Mountain were the hike's highlights, but the red rock views were outstanding throughout the trek.

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2017-12-04 DixieFlyer
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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.

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To Jordan - Jim Thompson Trailhead
Jim Thompson Trailhead ( Jordan )
From the Sedona Y (Junction 89A and 179) go north east, towards Uptown Sedona, for 0.3 miles. Turn left into Jordan Rd and follow Jordan Rd for 0.8 miles to a T intersection with Park Ridge Drive. Turn left on Park Ridge Drive to the end of the pavement and continue on a fairly bumpy dirt road (but passable for passenger cars) for about 0.7 miles to parking and trailhead.

Brins Mesa West
You may want to use this trailhead if you're planning to do a car shuttle hike between the west and east Brins Trail. From the Sedona Y (Junction 89A and 179) go west towards West Sedona and Cottonwood for 3.1 miles. At the Dry Creek Road light, turn right (north) and follow the paved Dry Creek Road for 2.1 miles. You'll be looking for a well marked turn-off to the right, which is variously labeled FR 152, Vultee Arch Road or Dry Creek Road. Whatever its name, it's the only dirt road going north west in the general area. Follow the quite bumpy road (but passable for passenger cars) for about 2.4 miles, past the Devil's Bridge Trail parking area. You'll get to the Brins Mesa Tr sign on the right and will find ample parking.

Soldiers Pass Trailhead
An alternate trailhead about 1.2 hiking miles away from the Jordan Road Trailhead. You may want to use it if you're going to do one of many loop hikes. From the Sedona Y (Junction 89A and 179) go west towards West Sedona and Cottonwood for 1.2 miles to the first light and turn right into Soldiers Pass Road. Follow the winding Soldiers Pass Road north for 1.5 miles to Rim Shadows Drive. There is a small brown trail sign there. Turn right and go on for less than 0.2 miles. The names of the roads are screwy around here, but there are little brown signs steering you to the parking area. The parking is on the left, up a gated drive (only open from 8am to 6pm!) with a limited number of parking spots.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 123 mi, 2 hours 16 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 228 mi, 3 hours 56 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 29.3 mi, 41 mins
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