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Jun 22 2019
sleepybear929
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36 female
 Joined Feb 14 2017
 Prescott Valley,
Soldier Pass Trail #66 - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2019
sleepybear929
Hiking2.00 Miles 585 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
585 ft AEG
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Make sure you get there early. Parking is limited to about 10 cars. We didn't start till 11 so had to go to the Jordan Trailhead parking lot (it holds a LOT more cars, has bathrooms and is a nice area). Started off on the Cibola Pass trail to the Jordan trail to Soldier Pass to Brins Mesa trail. It started off hot but by the time we reached Brins trail it was sprinkling. It started thundering halfway through Brins Mesa. The rain really cooled off the hike and made everything smell wonderful. The views were amazing. Love this hike.
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Jun 01 2019
joebartels
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Wilson Mountain LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2019
joebartels
Hiking18.94 Miles 4,576 AEG
Hiking18.94 Miles   9 Hrs   32 Mns   2.33 mph
4,576 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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One of my favorite Sedona loops that is tough to get takers. A mile of scarce shoulder highway between Sterling Pass Trail #46 and North Wilson Mountain Trail #123 is the issue.

I suggested 6 hikes and Bruce selected this loop. Figured with an early start knocking out the hwy first, it might not be so dangerous. We lucked out. Dave was returning home from a multi-day trip up north. Shuttle plus classic Dave one liners as a bonus!

North Wilson Mountain Trail #123
Typically I prefer the spectacular Autumn foliage display. Late spring green after the better than average rainfall since January was a nice change of scenery.

Wilson Mountain Trail #10
We passed 3 or 4 little groups heading down from Wilson Bench. Tread could use a rake crew.

Jim Thompson Trail #124
Bumping this from 2 stars to 3. Easily higher if weren't for all the nearby world class options.

Cibola Pass & Jordan Trail
Arizona Cypress is one of my favs. Red Rock backdrop makes it sing.

Soldier Pass Trail #66
World class trail packs a mean punch. Never gets old for me. Not busy as the mercury rises. Shockingly had Soldier Arches to ourselves for the majority of lunch until a friendly mother and daughter arrived.

Brins Mesa Trail #119
Not my fav. Highlight was helping out a happy foreign tourist family.

Vultee Arch Trail #22
Abundant rainfall this year has this one feeling like a jungle. Shade in the late afternoon makes ccw favorable.

Sterling Pass Trail #46
Rocks hard IMO. Steep both sides but the views are worth it.

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Devil's Kitchen Seven Sacred Pools
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Very nice variety throughout the loop
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Jun 01 2019
The_Eagle
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Wilson Mountain LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking18.26 Miles 4,116 AEG
Hiking18.26 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.38 mph
4,116 ft AEG   1 Hour   50 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Dave Joined us and since he was meeting us there, we could set up the mini shuttle, avoiding the 1 mile road walk between Trailheads.

Up the North Wilson Trail, we notice quite a bit of recent trail maintenance. So recent, it was from the previous day as noted by @mt98dew in his triplog.

North Wilson Mountain Trail #123 is a much better option in getting to the top of Mt Wilson IMHO. Prettier, more cover, less traffic and a steady climb.

Plenty of flora still Flora-ing all around this loop today.

Down Wilson Mountain Trail #10 on the southside, is a bit rocky at the top. We saw our first groups of hikers on this trail.

Cutting in front of Steamboat Rock, on the Jim Thompson Trail #124, was a first for me. Easy trail and great views. You did not have to concentrate on where you were walking and could enjoy the scenery.

Cibola Pass and the Jordan Trail got us over to the Devils Kitchen sinkhole. From here we headed up the Soldier Pass Trail #66, to our next destination. We surprisingly had had Soldier Arch to ourselves for lunch.

We exited the arch through the top and made our way to the "Eye in the Sky" and then hitting the Brins Mesa Trail #119. This trail has a few interesting areas, mush-so-more that the FR152C road walk. This was the hottest part of the day.

The Vultee Arch Trail #22 was in decent shape, up to the turn to the Arch and had much needed tree cover.

Past this point is the Sterling Pass Trail #46. It is a bit "Thick" from all the spring moisture, but it only lasts a 100yds or so. The climb starts gradual and goes to butt kicker up to the pass. From here, it drops even steeper and rockier down to 89a.

A good hike. In the direct sun with no wind, bordering hot for me. Luckily, we had a decent breeze and tree cover for the bigger climbs. Good seeing Dave again. Joe was there too. :D It'd been a few weeks.
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Dec 27 2018
DarthStiller
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50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Brins Mesa Trail #119Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking10.10 Miles 1,775 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   1.73 mph
1,775 ft AEG
 
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This turned out to be a really nice hike. Jim wanted to do a hike in Sedona during his visit to AZ over the holiday. He suggested Wilson Mt., but I had already done that in 2005, before the fire. I did some cursory research and saw the Brins Mesa was centrally located, and gave access to several other trails I've never done. In particular, the Lost Canyon hike looked very intriguing. We decided to hike up to Lost Canyon from the lower end of the Brins Mesa Trail, and then complete the Brins Mesa-Soldier's Pass Loop on our way back.

When we got to the parking lot, there was only one other vehicle, a semi creepy looking white van that was unattended. We agreed to ignore this and got ready for the colder than normal temps for Phoenix we were about to encounter.

I think the first mile I hiked was the fastest I did all day, about 20 minutes. I was still a little tired, but the cold weather was motivation to keep moving to warm up. By the time we got to the high point on Brins Mesa, I had removed my hoodie and gloves. This lasted until about 300 yards later as we started to descend and the cold began to bite back quickly. The direct sunlight didn't hit us much due to some cloud cover, but on the top of the mesa, there were great views to the north.


We got to the end of the Brins Mesa Trail in under 2 hours, and then headed up the Lost Canyon trail. That quickly became steep and required some effort to get up. At one point I decided to take a rest and turned around to see some really stunning views. Once we got to the level section, the views were even better, expanding from the north to the west and southwest. It was also where the canyon begins to narrow and the trail threads the wall and cliff. On our way in, we spotted a whitetail buck, which was very quickly spooked by our presence and bolted past us up high above the trail with no problem. Jim and Jamie both got pictures, I was too slow on the draw.

As we got to the end of the canyon, and the end of the trail (probably), we spotted the lower ruins, which are actually way below the trail. There was only one ruin we could spot, and to get a decent view of it, you had to get uncomfortably close to the rounded edge of the cliff, which also had scree.

After we got our views of the lower ruin, we decided to head up to the upper ruins, which you can see from the trail. It looks fairly easy to get to, but is actually just a bit more difficult than it looks in a couple sections, especially coming back down. The upper ruins were a bit underwhelming, but it was still nice to do some scrambling and make a bit more of an adventure out of it. We didn't stay long as a storm was rolling in and we couldn't tell whether to expect rain or snow. Just before our descent, we noticed the first few snow flurries of the day.

On the way back on the Brins Mesa Trail, we took the Soldier's Pass Trail, and from there the hordes were en masse. Even saw some mountain bikers that were probably in wilderness area. The Devil's Kitchen as the junction of the Soldier's Pass and Jordan Trials was very interesting to see, and not expected. the Cibola Pass Trail gave us an unexpected and not very welcome additional 200' of AEG, but soon after we were at the trailhead, with some snow flurries rolling in.

We had hoped to have a late lunch at the Oak Creek Brewery and Grill on our way back, but the traffic and crowds were insane. We made a cursory check of the parking lot and found Costco-like conditions, so we decided on Plan B, which was the Verde Brewing Company in Camp Verde. Decent enough food and good beer. Got home before sunset, rarity in late December on a long road trip and hike.
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Dec 27 2018
JimmyLyding
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45 male
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 Walnut Creek, CA
Brins Mesa Trail #119Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2018
JimmyLyding
Hiking10.10 Miles 1,775 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   1.73 mph
1,775 ft AEG
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Stiller picked a good one. The scenery was spectacular, and the snow flurries were an added bonus. I was by how many people we saw on the second half of the hike because it was still very cold. I enjoyed seeing the Arizona cypress. The conditions were not good for photography, but I think I managed to get a few good ones. A good time was had by all as usual.
I highly recommend the Bullpen Bourbon Beef Sandwich at Verde Brewing.
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Dec 24 2018
ddgrunning
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48 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Brins Mesa-Soldier Pass-Cibola Loop, AZ 
Brins Mesa-Soldier Pass-Cibola Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 24 2018
ddgrunning
Hiking6.53 Miles 1,391 AEG
Hiking6.53 Miles
1,391 ft AEG
 
1st trip
With our married kids and our one grandson visiting the in-laws for Christmas, we found ourselves with a couple of teenagers for the holidays. So, we decided to do something a little non-traditional and rented an Airbnb in Sedona for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day night. The original plan was to backpack into Secret Canyon, but given the iffy weather forecast (and the lure of a jacuzzi), we opted to go for the condo and day hikes, instead. :D As it turned out, the weather was perfect for hiking and would have made a great backpack as well.

We headed up early Monday (Christmas Eve) with our eye on doing a loop around Brins Ridge. We arrived late morning from Phoenix and experienced the Instagramification of Sedona. The place seemed to be crawling with a holiday crowd--mostly from out of state. I was a little surprised, since our tradition of Christmas Eve hikes has generally meant relative solitude--even on the more popular trails. Not here.

Still, we decided to try the small parking area at the Soldier Pass TH. No dice; there was already a line of cars waiting for an empty stall. So, we decided to make the 15 minute drive over to the (larger) Jim Thompson Trailhead. We got nervous as we approached and saw cars parked on the side of the road well shy of the parking area. We soldiered on, and were lucky to get a parking stall in the otherwise filled lot as someone else was leaving. Paid the Red Rock parking fee at the TH vending station ($5 for day pass), and headed off.

We decided to head up Brins Mesa trail first and attack the loop counterclockwise. Lots of shade and surprisingly foresty until after finishing the climb up to the Mesa. The prominent view on the left is of "Mitten Rock." The Mesa is relatively flat/sligthly downhill. There is a nice large rock feature on the downside that makes for a quick side trip and elevates you a bit for better views of the surrounding area. Google maps calls it "Hole in the Sky."

After taking in the views, we continued the loop and soon reached the junction to the northern terminus of the Soldier Pass trail. From there, it was downhill, with views of the Soldier Arches on the opposing canyon wall. At the junction, we detoured to make the climb up to the arches.

The arches need a few thousand more years to form properly, but a couple have separated from the top--kind of like a slice of bread that is still right next to the rest of the loaf. The "crack" in between provides some fun scrambling around behind the arch in sort of a cave-like feel. The bigger arch has a "window" on top that provides some Wave-cave-ish silhouette photo opportunities.

I climbed up on top of the arches and explored around a bit up there. A worthwhile explore, if you are okay with a bit of exposure crossing the ledge/lip that runs along the back of the arches to a ramp/climb that deposits you on the top.

After exploring the arches to our heart's content, we headed back to the Soldier Pass Trail and checked out the Seven Sacred Pools (more like six pools and a little puddle) and Devil's Kitchen. The latter was more impressive in person than I anticipated from the photos.

Finished off the loop on the Cibola Pass trail. Beautiful foresty trail, the redrocks highlighted by the now-setting sun.

After the hike, we headed into town for a proper Christmas Eve feast at Oregano's! Everyone was happy with their order: pan pizza with sausage; a couple of dinner sandwiches with sweet potato fries; and my favorite--Alfredo the Dark w/ shredded chicken. We also tried the nachos appetizer (made with their homemade kettle chips--delish!). We ended up with about 2-3 times more food than needed--but hey, leftovers! :lol:

Got back to the condo after dinner and took full advantage of the non-backpacking privileges to be found in the jacuzzi! After pruning ourselves, we returned to a Christmas eve of board games and Home Alone 2 before calling it a night.

I think I could get used to this non-traditional Christmas style ...

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Nov 03 2018
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sedona Arches, AZ 
Sedona Arches, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking16.30 Miles 2,850 AEG
Hiking16.30 Miles   7 Hrs   24 Mns   3.05 mph
2,850 ft AEG   2 Hrs   3 Mns Break
 
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It was a beautiful Saturday, so I decided to head up to the Red Rocks Country of Sedona and check out a couple of arches: Vultee Arch and the arches on the Soldier Pass Trail.

The hike was an inverted lollipop loop that started and ended at the Jim Thompson TH. We took the Brins Mesa Trail to the Brins Mesa Trailhead, which is where the Brins Mesa Trail runs into FR 152, aka Dry Creek Road. From there we went on Dry Creek Rd for about 2 miles to the Vultee Arch TH, and then took the Vultee Arch Trail for about 1.5 miles to Vultee Arch. I had been below Vultee Arch before, but this was the first time that I actually climbed on the Arch. It was a bit of a steep but easy climb to the Arch, and there were some nice views atop the arch.

After leaving the Arch, we reversed course until we got to the junction of the Brins Mesa Trail and the Soldiers Pass Trail. Then we took a right on the Soldiers Pass Trail. We didn't go too far until we took a social trail off the left to go the arches/caves off of the Soldiers Pass Trail. It was neat being in the arches, and I climbed up on top of them, which was on Brins Mesa. After leaving these arches, we continued on the Soldiers Pass trail, stopping at the Seven Sacred Pools and Devils Kitchen. Just past Devils Kitchen we took the Jordan Trail to the Cibola Pass Trail, which took us back to the TH.

This is an enjoyable hike on some easy-to-hike trails.

We did not see any wildlife, although we saw some bear tracks in the middle of FR 152.
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Nov 02 2017
Barrett
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55 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Cibola-Jordan-Soldier-Brins Loop, AZ 
Cibola-Jordan-Soldier-Brins Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2017
Barrett
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.10 mph
1,700 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
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The Jordan trailhead map shows Cibola leaving the parking lot, but the two trailhead signs read "Jordan" and "Brins Mesa". You need to follow the latter for about 10 yards before the turnoff for Cibola appears on your left. Easy to miss.
I had considered trying Morning Glory Spire, but when I saw how tiny that summit was, I felt a tiny swell of vertigo and remembered my wife's words before I left. I passed, trying to balance my increased chances of survival with the loss of what in part makes life worth surviving.
Checked out Devil's Sinkhole and imagined how many skeletons there must be at the bottom.
Seven Sacred Pools are down to 5 due to budget cuts, and are even easier to miss. The smell of skunk was in the air, and I rather enjoyed it.
The turnoff to the arches was obvious, and soon I was climbing up into one of the coolest places I have ever been. I spent 90 minutes documenting and experiencing the crap out of it.
Arriving at the Brins Mesa trail, I looked back and saw the cool 5607' summit and knew I had my Morning Glory surrogate. The east flank has a decent use trail that leads to a sweet ridge with commanding views. On my way down Brins later, a couple said they could see me on the summit from near the trailhead. That's why I wear what I wear.
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Jun 28 2017
kingsnake
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Brins Mesa Trail #119Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2017
kingsnake
Hiking8.50 Miles 1,387 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.43 mph
1,387 ft AEG
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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.

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Jan 08 2017
flagscott
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 Flagstaff, AZ
Solider Pass Brins Mesa Loop, AZ 
Solider Pass Brins Mesa Loop, AZ
 
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flagscott
Hiking10.00 Miles 541 AEG
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We had a nice morning on the Soldier Pass Brins Mesa loop. We went clockwise from the Soldier Pass trailhead, which is definitely the easier direction to go. With an early start, we hardly saw anyone and had the high overlook on Brins Mesa to ourselves (BTW, this is not to be missed--fantastic view!). The falls were running a bit, and there were rivulets of water running over the slickrock off and on throughout the hike.

When we got to the bottom of the descent off the south end of Brins Mesa, we decided that we hadn't worked hard enough today. So, we climbed to the top again and then went down one more time. Other hikers we passed thought we were crazy--they're probably right. The last couple of miles to the trailhead had a lot of traffic. As a bonus, an adult bald eagle flew directly over the car on 89A on the way back to Flagstaff.

Fun hike! Go early if you want to avoid the crowds.
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Apr 09 2016
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 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Cibola Pass TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2016
Sun_Ray
Hiking4.00 Miles 522 AEG
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522 ft AEG
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Visiting our friends Rich and Sue in Sedona. Parked at the Jordan Road parking lot. Followed Jordan Trail to Cibola then picked up a short connector of Jordan to add a little more milage. Still had to walk down the road to the parking lot to get in 4 miles. :D Was water in all 7 pools as it had rained the day before. Watched 3 climbers doing a rock face in Devils Kitchen. They had a jeep with a wrench at the top pulling them up. No helmets, wearing jeans, one with ankle high hiking books and one barefoot! :o
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Apr 02 2016
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 Peoria, AZ
Soldier Pass Trail #66 - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2016
climbrock5
Hiking5.97 Miles 1,178 AEG
Hiking5.97 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   2.78 mph
1,178 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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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.
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Mar 12 2016
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Soldier - Brins - Cibola - Jordan Loop, AZ 
Soldier - Brins - Cibola - Jordan Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2016
John9L
Hiking5.91 Miles 1,310 AEG
Hiking5.91 Miles   2 Hrs   37 Mns   2.71 mph
1,310 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
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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!
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Dec 13 2015
BiFrost
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 Phoenix, AZ
Brins Mesa Soldier Pass Loop, AZ 
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BiFrost
Hiking5.30 Miles 934 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   2 Hrs   11 Mns   2.56 mph
934 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Short hike in Sedona. A bit cold with a few patches of snow left over from day before. Went up Brins Mesa trail and down Soldier Pass then over Cibola Pass back to Brins TH.
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Dec 13 2015
slowandsteady
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 Phoenix,AZ
Brins Mesa Soldier Pass Loop, AZ 
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slowandsteady
Hiking5.30 Miles 934 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   2 Hrs   11 Mns   2.56 mph
934 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
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Sep 13 2015
cw50must
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 Mesa, AZ
Jordan TrailSedona, AZ
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cw50must
Hiking2.40 Miles 110 AEG
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When we finished our climb up to the peak of Brins Mesa we decided we needed a bit more hiking. Form the trailhead we headed out on Cibola Pass and then returned back via the Jordan Trail. It was a nice little loop.
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Jun 30 2015
fricknaley
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 Tucson, AZ
Brins Mesa Trail #119Sedona, AZ
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fricknaley
Hiking5.75 Miles 980 AEG
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did the soldier pass-brins-cibola pass loop with the family. everyone loved this one. sierra cranked it out again no problem :)
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Nov 03 2014
fricknaley
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Soldier Pass Trail #66 - SedonaSedona, AZ
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fricknaley
Hiking5.75 Miles 980 AEG
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last hike of our trip. this hike is actually fantastic as a loop. excellent scenery! great weather and my kid took this hike down like a champ and loved it! very proud

finished it off with a picnic up on the rocks by Devils Sinkhole.

absolutely fabulous
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Oct 09 2014
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 Phoenix, AZ
Brins Mesa Trail #119Sedona, AZ
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MEWhiteman
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Tom & I did a loop on the Soldiers Pass, Brins Mesa, Cibola and Jordan Trails from the Jordan Trailhead. Some beautiful views.
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May 29 2014
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Soldier Pass Trail #66 - SedonaSedona, AZ
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trekkin_gecko
Hiking5.09 Miles 958 AEG
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had heard good things about this loop
started from soldier pass road and went up soldier pass trail first
great view when you turn around at the top
took brins mesa and noted the fire damage
cibola pass and jordan to close the loop
very enjoyable and scenic hike
saw the huge sinkhole
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