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Courthouse Butte Loop TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2013
Crzy4AZ
Hiking4.70 Miles 510 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   4 Hrs      1.61 mph
510 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
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We are staying in Oak Creek about 10 minutes from this TH - and cannot believe we have lived in AZ for almost 9 years (Brad Nov 2002 but me June 2003-Nov 2005, July 2007-present Oct 2013) and have never done this classic trail in Sedona.

Now with kids and needing flat 4-ish mile hikes - suddenly becomes quite appealing! Caroline did the whole loop PLUS the climb to windy scramble top of Spaceship rock all on her own. There's no going back on the carrying for her. George rode in the Kelty 80% of the time. Only post-carbohydrate-high from lunch did he go on his own while holding my hand.

Not that crowded even though the parking lot was full. Probably b/c most people don't do the whole loop.

Highlight was when Caroline begged me :pray: (jumping up and down begging and pleading) to hike up to Spaceship rock while Daddy/George stayed behind. Not tough until the last little bit - for a four year old. She got to the top and climbed on the cairn (assume this is the mark for the "vortex") and she triumphantly threw her arms in the air "I did it, I did it". She's got the bug for the euphoria and rush of climbing achievement. She has the right balance of no-fear and analysis. So she can quickly assess the danger factor and challenge factor. She loves walking the line between the two. "We can do it. It's not scary."

Back to desert dwelling tomorrow. Has been an awesome Fall Break. Every day hiking - even if small - it's still getting out there - love that my sweet husband and tender chickens enjoy the same things that I do (at least while the kids have no other choice :D ).
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