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Courthouse Butte Loop TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2014
cdeperro
Hiking4.29 Miles 545 AEG
Hiking4.29 Miles
545 ft AEG
 
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Went up to Flagstaff for the night to enjoy a nice dinner at a favorite restaurant, and stayed over. Came home via 89A/Oak Creek Canyon and decided to do this loop hike that I've always somehow bypassed. I guess I always thought it was too "touristy", but most of it is not.

We started later in the day (2pm) from the southern (Bell Rock) trailhead and headed right at the first fork over to the Courthouse Butte loop. We lost most everyone else immediately after taking this fork. After about a half mile, we hit the actual Courthouse Butte loop trail and headed east (counterclockwise).

This trail, particularly the next 1.5 miles, was a surprisingly scenic ramble. I know Sedona/Oak Creek is scenic everywhere really, but we saw very few others. We hiked through more dense foliage (read: shade) and drainages than I imagined. I'd love to come back on this trail during a winter rain, there would be so many visible pour-offs and channels along the hike. The trail was really well marked (by the signature Sedona cairns) and the gradient was very easy. Bonus: part of the trail was in the Wilderness area, and bikes are prohibited. So no getting run over in that section anyway...read on.

The views to the north (Sedona, Cathedral Rock) opened up around the north side, as we started to walk into the sun. When we got to Bell Rock, we found where everyone else had been headed. We headed around Bell Rock and back to where we started for a nice leisurely 2-hour detour! I was almost taken out at the end of the hike by a mountain biker flying downhill to the trailhead past a sign warning bikes to yield and slow down. He got more than a few choice words out of me. But it was a nice hike.
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