register help

Brins Mesa Trail #119, AZ

822 109 1
Guide 109 Triplogs  1 Topic
Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Sedona > Sedona NW
3.7 of 5 by 43
clicktap icons for details
Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 3.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,500 feet
Elevation Gain 541 feet
Accumulated Gain 541 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.4
Backpack Yes
feature photo
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
Will recalculate on button tap!
25  2019-06-01
Wilson Mountain Loop
16  2019-06-01
Wilson Mountain Loop
19  2018-12-27 DarthStiller
24  2018-12-24
Brins Mesa-Soldier Pass-Cibola Loop
18  2018-11-03
Sedona Arches
7  2018-11-03 Daytripper
6  2018-09-21
Vultee Arch via Brins Mesa
8  2018-04-30
Bear Sign / Secret Loop
Page 1,  2,  3,  4,  5 ... 8
Author pbaenzig
author avatar Guides 9
Routes 28
Photos 211
Trips 20 map ( 96 miles )
Age 82 Male Gender
Location Sedona, AZ
Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
Expand Map
Preferred   Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:11am - 6:31pm
Official Route
14 Alternative
Fauna Nearby
Flora Nearby
Geology Nearby
Meteorology Nearby
Named place Nearby
by pbaenzig

Brins Mesa is not a flat, horizontal mesa, but rather a tilted plate that gradually rises from the west trailhead until you come to its south east facing drop off near the Jordan Road Trailhead. It's surrounded by spectacular mountains, cliffs and buttes. The basic Brins Mesa Trail route follows the tilted plate up from the west trailhead and drops down over the edge into Mormon Canyon on the way to the Jordan Road trailhead.

This trail is an incredibly versatile trail, offering many enjoyable options and side excursions. Often people just hike the 1.5 miles one way (600 ft elevation change) from the Jordan Road trailhead to the mesa rim, admire the spectacular view and then hike back. This gives you a good cardiovascular workout combined with some beautiful scenery. Or you can hike the trail from one end to the other, about 3.6 miles one way with a car shuttle. A third possibility is a loop hike, starting either at the Jordan Road or Soldiers Pass trailhead (4.7 to 5 miles, depending on where you start). You can add a side excursion to the Lost Canyon (1.7 miles round trip) near the west trailhead. And you can follow the rim to a rocky promontory (0.5 miles round trip) or go further to the Mormon Canyon overlook(about 1.5 miles round trip) where you can admire the Angel Falls in spring or after some heavy rains. If you feel adventuresome, you can scramble up another 250 feet elevation from the mesa rim to Brins Ridge for an even more spectacular view.

I've hiked the Brins Mesa trail in all seasons and all kinds of weather -- on cool days, in light snow, in rain and most recently on a hot July morning. I left the Vultee Arch Road trailhead about 7 am, with the sun already quite warm, but the air still pleasantly brisk. The trail is obvious; it appears to be an old jeep road for most of the way. A couple of hundred feet after leaving the parking area, you'll see an unmarked trail leading off to the right.

This is the unofficial trail to the Lost Canyon. This side trail, too, is easy to follow. There are many hiker made cairns. The trail leads up, slowly at first, then very steeply until it tops at a little mesa. You cross the mesa, heading essentially south until you come to the rim on the other side. There you get your first view of Lost Canyon; it's utterly spectacular. You follow the ledge high above the bottom of the canyon, with redrock cliffs to your left. A short way into the canyon you'll see some ruins to your left under a huge overhang. You can scramble up to them as probably too many people have done: they seem to be in pretty bad shape. Once you follow the ledge to the head of the canyon, you'll see some more ruins below you, inaccessible from where you are. (I guess you could rappel down). If you turn around here, the Lost Canyon detour is 1.8 miles long round trip. The trail continues on around the next promontory into the next canyon. You'll see Devil's bridge from across the canyon. I've never followed the trail to its end, so I don't know if it leads to a pass, loops around to Devil's bridge or just peters out.

The Brins Mesa trail follows a small generally dry creek, crossing it at least a half dozen times. Some of the crossings are quite picturesque, with small redrock ledges and slickrock. The trail is a mixture of beach sand and round river rock, rising very gently. It's easy, enjoyable going through a juniper, cypress and pinyon forest, with manzanita clearings here and there. At this point most of the beauty is close in; there aren't any vast views yet.

1.2 miles from the trailhead you come to the wilderness boundary and the trail starts a short slightly steeper climb. The trail now leaves the creek and the footing becomes rockier, but it's still easy going. After this, the trail reverts back to its slow, comfortable rise. But the trees are lower now, more like bushes and you're more exposed to the sun. About 0.4 miles after the wilderness boundary you come to the marked junction with the Soldiers Pass Trail. Soldiers Pass Trail goes off to the right, the Brins Mesa Trail continues straight on, with the vegetation getting more and more open.

About a tenth of a mile further on, there is an unmarked trail going off to the right. A hiker built cairn marks the turn-off, but it's hard to see coming from this direction. Take your time and look for the turn off; it leads in a few hundred feet to some beautiful rocks overlooking the Soldiers Pass valley. The view is worth the little side excursion. There is a hiker maintained trail leading down the rocks, well marked with cairns and not difficult at all. It follows at the foot of the cliff for 0.3 miles to the Soldiers Pass Arches, some nice, but not awe-inspiring redrock arches. From the arches you can connect to the main Soldiers Pass Trail and either hike back up onto Brins Mesa and to the Brins Mesa trail for a short loop (1.4 miles total) or down the Soldiers Pass trail for a longer loop. More about that loop later.

In half a mile you arrive at the mesa rim and a spectacular view over Sedona, all the way to Bell Rock. Before heading down the trail, take the time to explore a bit. A trail goes off to the left (north) following the rim. In about 0.2 miles you get to some rocks sticking way out over the rim, giving you an even better viewpoint. In another half mile following the rim and gently climbing, you come to the highest point of the mesa proper, about 5300 feet elevation. If it has rained or in spring, you can see the Angel Falls from here.

When you come back to the main trail, you'll see a trail going south (right) towards Brins Ridge. It's a bit of a scramble to get to the top, I'm told, but everybody who's done it says it's worth the climb. Brins Ridge is scramblable from this side but has a vertical dropoff on the Soldiers Pass side.

The trail drops off quite steeply from the edge of the mesa; you go down about 400 feet in 0.4 miles. At the beginning the trail is full of loose rock (at least not round loose rock), but then the path descends over several slickrock ledges. There are several spots where you can get off the trail for even better views, by walking out on some of the ledges. The trail here is a proper single track hiking trail, not the jeep road it has been up to the top of the mesa edge and that it will be again as soon as you get to the bottom.

As you get to the bottom, an unmarked trail blocked with branches and sticks goes off to the left. Allegedly this is the trail that leads to the bottom of the Angel Falls. I've never been able to follow it for more than about half a mile before losing the trail. Maybe you have better luck than I have and manage to get to Angel Falls. Of course, most of the year the excursion to Angel Falls is pointless, because the falls only fall in spring and after heavy rain.

From the Angel Falls turnoff, it's about 1 mile of easy walking on an old jeep road through a juniper and pinyon forest until you get to the Jordan Road trailhead. If you've arranged for a car shuttle, you would end your hike at this point. But if you don't have a second car and are planning to hike back, or if you just would like to extend the hike, you have several options.

You can tack on the about 3 miles of the Jim Thompson/Lower Wilson Canyon trail, an easy trail heading east to Midgely Bridge. You'd have to have a car there unless you want to backtrack. You get to the Jim Thompson trailhead by walking down the dirt road towards Jordan Road for a few hundred feet. Jim Thompson Trail is marked on the left (east) side of the road. Jim Thompson Trail is mostly an old wagon trail and therefore very easy to follow. It stays high above Oak Creek Canyon, at the foot of Steamboat Rock, until it descends into Wilson Canyon. There it joins the Wilson Canyon trail and you have to turn right, south, down canyon to get to Midgely Bridge. (Check out the old bridge buttresses off the trail on the right shortly before getting to Midgely Bridge)

My preferred hike extension makes a partial loop going back. You cross over the Cibola Pass to Devil's Kitchen, then head up Soldiers Pass Trail until it meets the Brins Mesa trail, about 2.8 miles. The trailhead for the Cibola Pass Trail is less than a hundred feet down the dirt road on the right side of the road. It's an easy to follow trail, first leading through a nice Cypress forest and then climbing for 0.4 miles and less than 200 feet elevation change to the crest of Cibola Pass. Once at the saddle with the old barbed wire fence, you can just follow the trail back down. Or you can add yet another half mile side excursion to a saddle northwest and a couple hundred feet higher, surrounded by cliffs and good views. You follow the unofficial trail paralleling the fence, going right. The trail is at times hard to follow and you have to scramble over some ledges, but the views are worth it.

The Cibola Pass Trail joins the Jordan Trail 0.3 miles after you come off the top of the pass. You turn right (west) Jordan Trail is a heavily traveled bike trail meandering through shrubs and ledges to Devil's Kitchen. Devil's Kitchen is a spectacular sink hole, only marred by too many pink and other tour Jeeps. At Devil's Kitchen, look for the Soldiers Pass Trail signs. Initially things are a bit confused, because of the jeep road and many unofficial trails. Don't follow the Soldiers Pass Trail sign going to the trailhead (left or west). You may want to follow the jeep road for a few hundred feet or a trail to the right of it paralleling it, but do not follow the road down when it turns left. You should see a sign for Soldiers Pass Trail or Sacred Pools on your right before then.

Soldiers Pass Trail follows the right (east) side of the valley going north. After a tenth of a mile or so, you get to the Seven Sacred Pools, some rather attractively shaped small pools in the rock which generally contain some water, even during a drought. Along with the pools, you may also find Jeeps again -- for the last time.

After the pools, the trail keeps on going for a mile or so until it gets to the wilderness boundary and shortly after that you reach the Soldiers Pass Arches junction. It's not very well marked; the trail to the right (basically going straight) is the side trail to the arches, the trail turning left is the "main" trail going up to Soldiers Pass. The arches are ok, but nothing to write home about. The climb up to them is 0.3 miles, steep und fun, with some good views. At the arches you can backtrack to the main trail or press on going north for 0.3 miles on a hiker made trail, at the foot of the cliffs. It's well marked with small cairns and requires only a very small scramble at the very end. You'll climb the rocky edge of Brins Mesa and then join up with Brins Mesa trail.

If you decided against going to the arches or you backtracked, you then follow the Soldiers Pass trail for 0.7 miles until it joins Brins Mesa trail. You climb about 300 feet in a fairly short distance, crossing some ledges and with some good views. Depending on where you started your hike, you'll turn left (north) towards the Vultee Arch trailhead or right(south) to the Jordan Road trailhead.

According to the 2018 FS map camping is allowed on a portionoutside the green line. That said, probably best to confirm with the FS.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

Leave No Trace and +Add a Triplog after your hike to support this local community.

2003-07-13 pbaenzig
  • wilderness related
  • Brins Mesa Trail #119
    guide related
    Brins Mesa Trail #119
  • Sedona Trails 2018
    region related
    Sedona Trails 2018

Coconino FS Details
This trail begins right at the edge of the town of Sedona and is as picturesque as it is convenient. Instead of keeping you tucked away in a deep canyon or clinging to the side of a steep slope as do a lot of other trails in this area, it leads you right out into the open where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the spectacular red rock formations for which the Sedona area and Oak Creek Canyon are famous. Bring along a map to help you identify Coffee Pot Rock, Wilson Mountain, Chimney Rock and more.

The hike is not too steep and not too long, but it can be a bit hot during summer. No matter, you'll be glad you braved the heat (and the shooting range at the Sedona trailhead) when you see the views. An alternate approach to the Brins Mesa Trail is to drive out Vultee Arch Road and hike it from that end-same trail, same great views.

USGS Maps: Munds Park, Wilson Mountain

One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
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.

Most recent of 35 deeper Triplog Reviews
Brins Mesa Trail #119
rating optionrated 4rated 4rated 4rated 4
a very much needed mental getaway. always wanted to do the bear sign/secret loop but wanted some extra miles so i started from the jordan trailhead and used brins mesa (thanks for the idea @hikerdw)

brins mesa is always a pleasant trail, imo, and especially coming back down late in the day with the sweet views. predictably saw nobody after the soldier pass cutoff.

quick walk along dry creek road and trail

bear sign is pretty awesome, especially up canyon with some pretty big trees, shade and occasional neat views. poison ivy is ready and raring to go. hated to see it end so soon

david miller...holy smokes. who knew? talk about short and sweet. really great views from the saddle, especially if you climb up the little high point. the wind this day, and especially on the highpoint was :o

secret canyon kind of goes by fast, but held it's charm from what i remembered (last hiked it probably 13 years ago).

the whole way back was very smooth, quiet and pretty relaxing really. i think i saw maybe 4-5 people on brins mesa coming back?. nobody at all on dry creek or the loop. coming down the end of brins mesa late afternoon/early evening is a treat.
Brins Mesa Trail #119
rating optionrating optionrated 3rated 3rated 3
The century plants were in glorious bloom through the hike, with the best example right in the parking lot at the Jordan Road Trailhead. (As it is referred to on Google Maps; signage at the trailhead refers to it as the Jim Thompson Trailhead.) After taking a few pictures, I headed out, hiking clockwise.

After a brief misdirection on Jordan Trail, I got on Cibola Pass Trail. The “pass” itself, is barely 125 ft. above surrounding terrain. (Which makes the saddle behind my house look like the Khyber Pass.) The most mitten-like view of The Mitten, came very quickly, while still on its easterly side, before reaching the top of Cibola Pass.

The best views of Morning Glory Spire some as Cibola Pass Trail reconnects to Jordan Trail, where the route crosses slickrock as it approaches the Devils Kitchen Sinkhole. Even when on normal dirt trail, other than a few century plants, flowers were quite rare.

After checking out the sinkhole, I made my first planned diversion, heading west on Teacup Trail, which starts as jeep trail. According to the map, Teacup heads southwest, fairly straight for a half mile before Skidmark Trail splits off from it. Instead, Teacup was perhaps the twistiest trail I’ve ever been on. Given all the mountain bike tracks, Teacup had obviously been rerouted and optimized for MTBs. (More twists = more gradual elevation gain.) It was actually a mile to reach the intersection, which is located at a small boulder pile. Skidmark Trail is not obvious, but it is there. You just have to look close. As the views of Coffee Pot Rock were no better up close, and time was a factor, I headed back to Devils Kitchen.

Whereas from Teacup, Coffee Pot looks just the face of a cliff, from Soldier Pass Trail, it instead looks like a series of tilting dominoes. You can see Coffee Pot is composed of four or five separate spires.

The most scenic part of Soldier Pass Trail is the Seven Sacred Pools, a series of pothole cascades in a short gulley worn through the slickrock. The water was not flowing, but lining the Seven Sacred Pools up with Coffee Pot Rock makes for a great photograph, if shot in vertical mode. (As I found on Google image search, I was not the only one to have this realization.)

Just before the trail begins climbing to the top of Soldier Pass, I instead turned up a side trail towards the Soldier Pass Arches. Soon after that, I bailed. I was close to the arches, but keeping an eagle eye on my time, and it was getting short. I had started at about 7:40 a.m., with a hard end-ex of 12:15 p.m. It was already 10:50 a.m. and I had almost three miles to go.

I soon connected to Brins Mesa Trail, and booked across Brin Mesa’s burn area. Most of the trees were killed off in 2006, while the shrubbery have recovered, but the few survivors provided welcome relief. (The temp when I started was a pleasant 75, with a high -- at 3pm -- of 92 predicted, but it was already around 95!)

The descent down Brin Mesa’s east slope is across a half mile of steep slick rock, before re-entering the tree line. With .75 miles to go, I took another quick break, texting ahead to my always patient wife to let her know I would be back at the Jordan Road Trailhead in about 15 minutes. In the end, it took my old ass about 20 minutes, despite what felt like hauling ass. I arrived about 12:25, had a quick pee, rehydrated, threw my gear in the back, and off we flew to our lunch date up Oak Creek Canyon at Indian Gardens.

Hike Video: [ youtube video ]

Could count 'em on one hand.
Brins Mesa Trail #119
rating optionrated 4rated 4rated 4rated 4
Cibola-Soldier Pass-Brins Loop
Took advantage of the great weather to check out this loop and explore the arches and the cave - I had great fun climbing around the cave and getting great photos in the window. We met quite a few tourists along this trail, which was fun. On our way, we stopped at the Sinkhole, which was pretty neat. Then we came across the 7 pools, which would be great fun to see when it was raining, otherwise, they are pretty low.

The trails were pretty crowded, but we had no trouble with parking and only met a little bit of wind when we explored a white outcropping along Brins Mesa. It was a great day and a great hike!
Brins Mesa Trail #119
rating optionrated 4rated 4rated 4rated 4
We passed up Sedona on Saturday due to weather, so we shot up on Sunday instead, when it was cloudy and rainy :app:. Right decision, I think so! The plan was Brin’s Mesa followed up by Fay or West Fork after lunch. Time and time again, I’m the only one who wants to hike again after lunch – I’m starting to see a pattern and will be rearranging group trips accordingly so I can hold my hiking partners hostage :D.

This time I can understand the reluctance to get back on the trail – about 10 minutes after reaching the Mesa the skies opened up. Frankly, it’s not often I get stuck in the rain anymore so I was all game, but it was a very cold rain. It cleared just as we were about .25 from the trailhead which made for easy finish down the fresh misty trail. (Looking forward to uploading pics later - the low hanging clouds passing through the red rocks were fantastic).

The rain spat for about the next 30, and we cracked cans in the parking lot not minding it one bit :y:
Brins Mesa Trail #119
rating optionrating optionrated 3rated 3rated 3
Was planning on hiking to Vultee Arch. However, I hurt my knee yesterday and decided to do an easier hike.

We where gonna hike it from 89A. which I considered too steep given my injury. But I recalled seeing a picture of Morning Glory Spire and recalled it was off the Soliders Pass Trail. So on the drive north to Sedona we decided to do Soldiers Pass instead and link three trails together to create a loop. Soldiers pass to Brins Mesa to Jordan trail and then back to the car. The hike was super easy and we made a ton of side excursions. I turned off the GPS during those as to not interfere with the track. We hiked the 5.97 miles in about two and a half hours. This included all the times we hiked off the trail for fun. It doesn't include the hour and 15 minutes it took us to hike/climb to the top of morning glory spire.

I wasn't sure how to get up there so we scrambled from behind the sinkhole. It was pretty painless, We spent some time route finding etc. Pretty much hike up from behind the sinkhole, continuing up but trying to head to the northeast side. From their its a scramble uphill (This was the only sketchy part IMO.) Once your basically at the base you need to climb down to get to get around the corner to climb up. I should have taken pictures to help with the approach. From there its pretty easy climbing. I had a harder time hiking up the hill with all the loose rocks. Tons of what looked like rabbit poop everywhere. Curious to know if its from a rabbit or something else.

The hike was fun, probably worth repeating when there is a higher chance of water. The only part of the hike I didn't like was the Jordan trail. Too close to powerlines, houses, and the road. However, the rest of the hike was fun. Morning Glory was a nice add-on. I'm not even sure if I hiked/climb to the top correctly, but it made for a little added excitement. All I can add is that If your comfortable climbing 5.0-5.4 you should have no problem getting to the top. I personally think its hard class 4 but there was a few awkward moves to get on top.
Brins Mesa Trail #119
rating optionrating optionrating optionrated 2rated 2
Morning Glory - Sterling Loop
Finally got a loop around Wilson. jj felt a little uneasy driving up noticing I was wearing pants and a long sleeve shirt. "Off trail on this hike?"... no worse, the overnight low is 31 :scared:

55 degrees starting just before 9am and not much over 60 all day. Hiking weather.

Saw a few individuals heading over Wilson Bench. First time on Jim Thompson. Nice, nearby trails are nicer. Cibola is one of the nicest non water trails around Sedona.

Up and down MG Spire in 1h 15m at a nothing special pace. Couldn't clear the first pitch last month due to a chest injury earlier in the month. Healthy made all the difference. The first pitch was no trouble up or down. The slant up higher was as I remembered. First look it appears a bit sketchy. One or two steps into it and it seems impossible to have trouble unless you jumped out of the crack and off the wall.

Sink hole, seven super sacred pools then off to the arches. Morning light was the ticket last month. Just fair this round, almost dark inside mid day. Crossed paths with a group of interesting people, really just wanted to keep

First time on the west side of Brins. Most probably like the red rock east but the west is cypress tree canopy. A pleasant surprise. Up Vultee and down Sterling. The scariest part of the hike was the last mile along the highway. No shoulder and cars whizzing by ultra close.

not much, very isolated
Brins Mesa Trail #119
rating optionrating optionrated 3rated 3rated 3
Soldier - Brins - Cibola - Jordan Loop
Our fourth and final hike of the day started from the Soldier Pass Trailhead. This hike came onto my radar a few months ago when I saw some pics on Instagram of a cool looking cave. Then Coanbru, Joe & Tortoise Hiker hit this about a month ago making a loop hike that seemed perfect! The trailhead parking was full and a sign said you had to be out by 6pm. It was 3pm and I figured we’d cut it close so we parked outside the gate in a residential area.

We started hiking and came to the huge sinkhole a few minutes into the hike. I thought it would be bigger but it was still very cool. From there we headed north on the Soldier Pass Trail. The trail is in great condition and relatively easy to follow. I had Coanbru’s GPS track and we easily found the turnoff for the cave. The use trail makes a steady climb leading to a cliff face. There were a few people hanging out in the window making a ton of noise. They were obnoxious! We climbed up into the cave and admired this magical place despite the noisy group. We took our pics and got out of there returning to the Soldier Pass Trail.

Once back on the main trail we continued north and connected onto the Brins Mesa Trail heading southeast. We took a break right before the trail makes the steep descent back to the Brins Trailhead. It was getting late in the day so we kept the break short and continued down the Brins Mesa Trail. As we neared the trailhead I figured there would be a short cut connecting onto the Cibola Pass Trail making for a perfect loop. We found a trail but it was hard to follow because spur trails went in several different directions. We had to go off trail to reach the Cibola Pass Trail but it wasn’t a big deal. Once on the Cibola Pass Trail we made quick time as we went over the pass heading west and connected onto the Jordan Trail. We took that back to the sinkhole and were back to the jeep a few minutes before 6pm. We timed this perfectly. From there we stopped at Pisa Lisa for some delicious pizza and then returned to Phoenix through Cottonwood. This was another wonderful trip and everything worked out perfectly!
Brins Mesa Trail #119
rating optionrating optionrating optionrated 2rated 2
Cibola - Soldier - Brins Loop
All prepared we took off down the Jordan Trail. It is a very nice tunnel through Arizona Cypress. A little over a quarter mile in we realized we didn't prepare so well. Jordan wasn't on the itinerary :lol:

Back on track we took Cibola over and cut up to Morning Glory Spire. Did MG with Jim_H and johnr1 back in 2009. All I remembered was the slanted chimney was scary at first but solid. Forgot about the approach onto the deck. Denny got up no problem. While I could get up, getting down with a recent chest injury seemed like a bad idea. Bruce was my saving grace. Knowing he let go of Denny on Battleship didn't secure my confidence... lol

It'd been 15.5 years since I last hiked Soldier Pass #66. It's a touristy hoot and I love it. We got up above the arches which is fun and easy.

Brins is okay, not my favorite. It was loaded with people so that was cool.

2009 MG video ... beBM
Brins Mesa Trail #119
rating optionrating optionrating optionrated 2rated 2
Cibola - Soldier - Brins Loop
Joe came up with a figure eight loop this week, that turned into two hikes. Denny was in early, so this week it's the Three Stooges in Sedona.

After we pulled into the trail head in the Range Focus, we were off like a heard of turtles in the sub 40's temps.

First up, was the Morning Glory Spire, in all it's Morning Glory. Joe'd done this one before, so he led the charge. We all scrambled up to the base of the first climb and made it up the first climb. Denny made the next step up, but Joe and I decided we could probably make it up, but getting down was iffy. Denny went a bit farther, but ultimately came back and we guided him down.

Next it was off to the sinkhole, a real interesting feature. We hiked past the 7 sacred pools, then it was off to an arch that Joe had us checking out. For me, this was the highlight of the trip. Unassuming viewing from the outside, you could actually easily climb up inside of it. We explored inside and the used the arch to climb to the top. We spent a lot more time here than planned. Well worth it.

We took a side trip down a spur trail to check out some additional sweet views, then down, down, down back to the parking lot. We decided to drive to an improvised hike two, instead of hiking to it. Good times as always in Sedona. We are so lucky to have this area so close to us.
Brins Mesa Trail #119
rating optionrating optionrated 3rated 3rated 3
Did this hike from the town side up to the peak. Had a nice snack and then returned down the way we went up. We did this mid morning and it was pretty warm. We got back to the parking lot and decided that we needed more hiking so we just headed out on Cibola Pass and made that into a small loop with the Jordan Trail for a total of about 5.4 miles. I should have read more so I could have just done the loop with brins mesa nd soldiers pass, maybe next time. The views from up on top the mesa are fantastic though. ... iXnE

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.

Red Rock - Secret Mountain Wilderness
see map for camping restrictions

Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - 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
3 pack - loud whistle
safety first
help comment issue

end of page marker