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Cathedral Rock Trail #170 - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking1.50 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles   1 Hour   23 Mns   1.29 mph
750 ft AEG      13 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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Hiked Cathedral Rock Trail #170 with my Wife, Sister, and Dad as part of my Arizona Birthday Adventure. This was our first time hiking Cathedral Rock.

We got a fairly late start (10:30 or so) and the parking lot was quite full. We lucked out and got a spot from someone who was leaving and apparently it was a free day so we didn't have to pay to park.

The trail starts out as a moderate ascent and everyone was enjoying things. The trail was as crowded as the parking lot indicated but everyone was moving pretty well and there were some parallel paths that allowed people to spread out a bit.

At the intersection of Templeton trail things changed abruptly. The terrain from here forward is steeper and ranges from slick rock to actual scrambling (both fairly moderate). My dad was still recovering from some medical issues and opted not to attempt the slick rock (high steps were not on the menu that morning), my sister attempted it for a bit but decided that her fear of heights and slippery gym shoes did not make for a good combination on the terrain. They opted to explore along Templeton rather than continue up Cathedral. Victoria and I continued on to the summit.

The views from Templeton on were fantastic and we stopped several times to take it in and to take pictures. There were a few good scrambles that got pretty narrow and a few other interesting optional obstacles off to the sides to keep the more adventurous people engaged.

We reached the top short of noon and were in the Cathedral area while it was shaded but with the sun just peaking over the top. It was immediately apparent where the name came from!

When we were ready to head back We were able to message my Sister and Dad so they knew to turn back and go to the Templeton/Cathedral trail junction. This worked nicely, apparently the cell signal is decent on these trails.

This was a great hike, lots of fun and a decent workout. If I lived in Sedona I would probably do do Cathedral regularly!

Hike video: [ youtube video ]
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