outta the skillet red rock feature tour
Semi avid loop on various terrain. You will pass four iconic Sedona features with a healthy dose of red rock, garnished with Arizona Cypress.
Ascend 2.15 mi up North Wilson Mountain Trail #123. It's a hearty 1,545 ft up and midway across First Bench of Wilson Mountain to Wilson Mountain Trail #10.
Drop 2.25 mi / 1,545 ft down with a photogenic view of Steamboat & The Sail to Jim Thompson Trail #124. After the major ascent & descent Jim Thompson is a welcomed change of pace. This historic road isn't a staple of best-of or cause-driven guides slapping social media like a drunk cash register. If you can get over the utility line it's a great hike around Steamboat Rock.
Following the Official Route for this guide you can avoid the Jordan Trailhead by crossing the road where Jim & Jordan get close. Then follow Jordan Trail 0.2 mi to Cibola Pass Trail.
Jordan & Cibola don't get social luv but I'm a fan of the twisted
Arizona Cypress. An 0.65 mi stroll on Cibola is a shortcut to the end of Jordan. In about 0.35 mi you arrive at Devil's Kitchen. Experienced technical climbers can add in the class four Morning Glory Spire.
Merge onto Soldier Pass Trail #66 heading north. In 0.35 mi you pass the Seven Sacred Pools. Follow the Official Route closely for 1.0 mi & 500 ft to Soldier's Arch.
Carefully crawl up through the arch to Brins Mesa. It's about a third of a mile to merge onto Brins Mesa Trail #119. Along the way you might be near Hole in the Sky. Next hike the least two exciting segments.
2.0 mi WNW to Brins Mesa Trailhead
1.9 mi N then NE on FR 152 to Vultee / Bear Sign Trailhead.
Rejoice and continue a leisure 1.6 mi / 380 ft E on Vultee Arch Trail #22 to a view of Vultee Arch. Wolf down a bowl of Wheaties for the 1.1 mi / 770 ft ascent to Sterling Pass. Rest. Admire. Drop 1.1 mi / 1,100 feet to Sterling Trailhead.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
This is a moderately difficult hike.