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Devil's Bridge Trail #120, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 1.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,600 feet
Elevation Gain 380 feet
Accumulated Gain 500 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1+ hour
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Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 213
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Trips 4,252 map ( 21,403 miles )
Age 49 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Overview
1.8 mi RT • 415 ft • 4x4 direct access
3.8 mi RT • 665 ft • Car / Mescal
4.1 mi RT • 535 ft • Car / FS152


Devil's Bridge - 3 Options
2013
This is now a tourist hotspot. An official trail has been worked all the way to above the bridge. Which is now before the bridge.

1999
Here is a nice trail to Sedona's oldest and tallest arch! The trail is mostly an old jeep road. Trail work has been done to help prevent further erosion of the area. I especially enjoyed the area because the forest seemed so vibrant. Almost a Christmas feeling as the deep forest green colors are mixed with red sandstone backgrounds. The bridge was fun to check out from all angles hi and low. This would be a great hike to take the kids on! The rewards of this hike are easy to conquer. You should have plenty of time to explore other fascinating Sedona trails on the same day!

Getting up to the arch is not too difficult. Continue past the arch and the trail turns into a narrow sandstone ledge within minutes. There's one section where tall people will likely need to crouch down a bit. Soon you come to a ravine and it's an easy climb up. Once up, follow a use-trail back to the arch. You can walk across the arch as it's wide and strong enough to not be scary. There's also a route up to the arch just before reaching it. I have not tried that route.

Camping
According to the 2018 FS map camping is not allowed on any portion of this trail.


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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.

Most recent of 19 deeper Triplog Reviews
Devil's Bridge Trail #120
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PACKED...had to park on Dry Creek since the overflow parking area was full...
Took FR152 up to TH and then followed Chuckwagon Trail back down to my honda...
Followed up with a Steak Dinner at "Open Range Bar and Grill" (see pic :D )
Sedona also had their annual Northern Lights Show
We got to watch that as we ate!!
Fun Day!!
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Took a small group on a hike to Devil's Bridge. Unlike previous trips I have done at this location it had rained and was still drizzling occasionally during the hike. This provided effective dust control on the Jeep Trail sections and got rid of the dust irritation that is typical for this area. As with my previous hikes in this area, we hiked from Dry Creek Vista Trailhead rather than attempting to drive off road to the Devil's Bridge Trailhead.

Although I was concerned about dust and brought a shemagh in preparation, mud was a much more substantial challenge. The rain turned the Jeep Trail into a series of deep puddles and slick mud. One of the group fell attempting to go around one such puddle and several other hikers we encountered looked as though they had run into similar difficulties. Despite the challenging conditions we made it to the Devil's Bridge trailhead in a reasonable amount of time. One advantage of the rain was to substantially reduce the number of people hiking this normally crowded trail.

The hike to Devil's Bridge itself was not overly difficult and only became steep at the very end where there were effectively continuous stairs. The stairs were easy to negotiate being very wide in most places and generally not very high. It was just enough of a workout to get the heart rate up. We were treated to spectacular views on the way up with red rock cliffs shrouded in mist and fog as well as clouds from the occasional rain burst. The view from the shelf immediately before the bridge was particularly exceptional.

As usual, when we arrived at the bridge there was a good number of people in attendance taking pictures. The crowd was moving through quickly and we did not have to wait long to get pictures on Devil's Bridge ourselves. There was a park ranger stationed at the bridge to discourage the more harebrained photo poses.

The return hike was uneventful. The sun came out and we had to remove rain gear to stay cool in with the rising temperature.

Link to Downloadable trail maps:
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Link to hike video:
[ youtube video ]

Devil's Bridge Trail #120
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Wade and I drove to Devils Bridge during our visit to Sedona for his birthday. We took "Bullit" -- Wade's Toyota 4-Runner overland vehicle-- as some of the roads we were traveling on were rough--especially the one we took to Devils Bridge and on down to Secret Canyon Trail. Great photo ops here but standing on the bridge itself is not for those scared of heights.
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Dry Creek Rd, also known as FR 152, has a nice rock barrier when the pavement ends to dissuade passenger vehicles. I used 4Low and only 1st and 2nd gear to the trailhead, happy to save time but got the feeling that I was annoying to the people on foot in the dust.
Short, steep, crowded trail up to the arch that might be better in morning light. Some guy fired up a drone as someone pointed out they are banned. He babbled on about some loophole that I didn't bother to listen to so I left. I'm temporarily on vacation from confronting people on hikes.
I followed a tip from the guy at Safari Jeep Trips and found a sweet legal camp west of town where I settled in for a night under the stars. Heavy rustling in the manzanita had me on foot with a flashlight and machete, only to see two huge glowing eyes rise up against the black and hold incredibly still, eyes too far apart to be anything but some kind of alien.
Or a cow.
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Secret - Bear Sign Loop went well so we tagged in this fan favorite. I was looking for more challenging tread and the final tenth? of a mile was a huge jump. Up no issue, think we passed people. Down got my attention. Unless I manually blink one eye my depth of field is off so I just took it real slow and it worked out fine.

jj was kind and gave two Zion rangers out adventuring a ride back over the road portion.
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With my folks and brother in AZ for the first time April and I figured this was as good a time as any to finally see this thing. Lots of other people out on this Saturday morning, weather was warm but not dangerous. My mom and her replaced knee handled it all pretty well. Nice way to show my folks a bit of redrock country.
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40 member meetup hike to add to the billions of others on the trail to Devil's Bridge today. Fun trail. Great views. Parked on Long Canyon and hiked in from there. Upon return, a much smaller group of us drove over Vultee Arch road to Brin Mesa trailhead to hike Lost Canyon.
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So I got this girlfriend thing now who likes to hike, which means that I have to go to places that I (or any man) would not normally go to like Sedona, Flagstaff, Fatman's Pass, that Horseshoe-looking thing, Havasupi Falls & Jerome.

Despite the fact that I went to an area that was off-limits for me, I did enjoy the hike. The snow made it more interesting. The mud didn't, but I have to take the good with the bad. I also missed the football games, and I really wanted to see the Steelers/Bengals game. Oh well. Maybe next year.

We then went to Dead Horse Ranch State Park. It was cool and saw my first canvasback (my 2nd new species of this year). It was a fun weekend, and would love to explore Dead Horse Ranch State Park during the warmer months to look for more critters. Time was not on my side this trip, and we had to rush a bit and didn't see as much as we would have liked.
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Breezy day today for a hike I haven't done in years. This time we started from the Mescal TH and hiked the west side of the new Chuckwagon trail down to the Devil's Bridge TH. Lots of mountain bikes on Chuckwagon, and lots of hikers on Devil's Bridge :? The arch and surrounding valley is still as beautiful as I remember; one of my favorite parts of the Sedona area.

Then I forgot to turn my GPS off until I got back home so I just spent way too much time deleting 20,000 waypoints ](*,)
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Sedona visits
Had kids home at various times for "spring break", resulting in two trips to Sedona on successive weeks. Both started with lunch in Jerome. Highlight of the first one was seeing a big tour bus stuck with it's rear wheels off the ground completely blocking the road to Prescott. JFD was on the job but the bus didn't move in the couple hours we were there...it was gone the next week though.

Sedona #1 included Chicago daughter + boyfriend and we did the "Rick Vincent Sedona out-of-towner trip": hike the Baldwin Loop and dinner at Creekside. Nice 3mi loop relatively uncrowded for Sedona.

Sedona #2 included Tucson daughter + Rhode Island friend and we went up to Devil's Bridge. Very crowded, most people walked the road...I think my Subaru could have made it but the rocks were pretty sharp and we walked most of it too. Beautiful spot would be great if less busy.

Permit $$
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Red Rock - Secret Mountain Wilderness
see map for camping restrictions


Directions
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To hike
From the 'Y' in Sedona ( 179/89A ) follow 89A 3.1 miles Southwest to Dry Creek Road. Turn Right and go 1.9 miles to the marked turnoff for FR #152. Follow FR #152 about 1.4 miles looking to your right is a small parking area in front of the Devils Bridge Trailhead #120.
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