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Bell Rock, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,372 feet
Elevation Gain 609 feet
Accumulated Gain 609 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 - 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.25
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
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author avatar Guides 9
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Trips 75 map ( 494 miles )
Age 46 Male Gender
Location Denver, CO
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short climb up stable redrock
by MtnGeek

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Bell Rock is one of the major landmarks in Sedona overlooking Oak Creek Village. The climb is a fun short climb. You have to use your hands to climb up many small 5-foot cliffs at the bottom of it. You gain about 5 feet elevation, then walk on level ground for 20 feet, then do it all over again. You want to aim yourself in the crevasse facing the road.

After a while, you will be walking on steep solid rock. You may need to use your hands for balance sometimes. Watch out for pebbles flying past you. Once you reach the end of the crevasse, cliffs will surround you. There are two ways from the top from here. You can go left and walk up through a tiny crevasse. When you get to the end, you will need to wedge your body up in the cliffs facing each other to climb straight up. If this does not appeal to you, you can take the right approach. This is easier. There are many handholds and footholds; searching for them and testing them is easy. This route is about at a 65 degrees angle. Once on top of the ridge, there are three smaller points you can climb up. Each of them is an easy ascent. Then there is the 50-foot spire, 90 degrees angle. You will need ropes if you want to finish the climb. It looks easy going up, but coming down would be difficult.

Coming down Bell Rock is a little bit tricky. You do not want to take the wedge approach coming down. You want to take the other route. There are various ways to come down from the route. Look down and carefully plan your route. Sometimes you will be facing the rock and other times looking away from it. There is a lot of exposure here, and it will make your heart beat faster and maybe skip a few beats. Once off the cliffs, it is easier coming down the second half than coming up.

Bell Rock is a great climb. I would recommend it to anybody that likes a little adventure. Standing on the top is wondrous. You are looking down cliffs in every direction. You can see where people took a wrong turn and ended up on a lower pinnacle and can't get any higher. Very few people make it to the very top.

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2002-05-03 MtnGeek
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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.

Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From the 'Y' in Sedona ( 179/89A ) go on to 179 towards Oak Creek Village. You can park on the left or the right side of the road once you reach Bell Rock. I did not have a Red Rock Pass and was not hassled.

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