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Sep 28 2019
The_Eagle
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Bell Rabbit Chicken Hog Church Cathedral Hi 2, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Sep 28 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking20.77 Miles 2,796 AEG
Hiking20.77 Miles   10 Hrs   41 Mns   2.09 mph
2,796 ft AEG      45 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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A tweak of a redo of a trek done 4 years ago.

1) You can't go wrong with the views on any of these trails.
2) The weather and clouds made this a memorable hike that photos do not do justice.
3) Hog Heaven, High on the Hog, the unnamed use trail from Cathedral Trail and Highline are standouts.
4) With the new route found from Cathedral to Hiline, I will never do the full Cathedral Rock Trail again.
5) This track has been added to the playlist.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bell - Rabbit - Hog - Chicken - Hiline Loop, AZ 
Bell - Rabbit - Hog - Chicken - Hiline Loop, AZ
 
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joebartels
Hiking20.30 Miles 2,479 AEG
Hiking20.30 Miles   8 Hrs   9 Mns   2.66 mph
2,479 ft AEG      31 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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Bell Rock Trail
Excellent tread. Old road. IMO it adapts well to demand, curbs destruction and maintains impact within reason. Key being the hearty fencing. Which are short long lasting log poles with a single strand wire. Cuts down on spider use-trails. Doesn't beg to be destroyed as you could easily step over it. Dad always said locks do not prevent thieves, they keep honest people honest.

Courthouse Butte Loop Trail
Our hike covered a majority. This hike is good for those looking for an easy hike with a high volume red rock experience.

Rabbit Ears
Upped my rating from 2 to 3. Descent tread. Possibly the best option to get away from crowds in this network of trails through world class red rock. That said I don't detest crowds and the Rabbit Ears themselves look like trouble to explore.

Llama Trail
Works well to bridge over to the Little Horse network of trails. Mountain bikers can fly through so stay alert.

Little Horse Trail #61
Under appreciated. Solid choice if it works into the web you weave. We walked over a 2 foot slender snake just before reaching Little Horse TH.

Chapel Trail
Like the bag cotton candy comes in you'll forget it after it's served its purpose. Two guys with gps got off trail not paying attention then almost got passed by a family they recently passed. Good chuckle for the memory bank.

Mystic Trail
Near neighborhood. Nobody's favorite. Incredible red rock views nevertheless.

Pig Tail Trail
Added to HAZ. Sedona is determined to put the McDowell spaghetti network to shame. Good alternative to northern Mystic.

Hog Wash Trail
We only hiked 0.2 mi. Can be used to bridge Broken Arrow Trail. Most use from that trailhead.

Hog Heaven Trail
It goes up in grip-n-grunt style. Forget the stroller, it's a big girl trail. We lunched in heaven before getting High on the Hog based on previous experience. Perfect.

High on the Hog Trail
The red rock party continues.

HT Trail
This gets you under SR 179. Nothing special, appreciated.

Easy Breezy Trail
Alternative to Templeton Trail. We crossed paths with a group that tried in earnest to ask hiking questions. We cordially chatted without breaking pace. A minute later wondered how the high school smokers group wandered so far out yonder.

Cathedral Rock Trail #170
The trail was busy as expected. I had trouble balancing the first step into the groove. A kid screaming his head off at the saddle for simple attention was the highlight.

Bruce found a path on satellite to bridge over to Hiline. Not a zoo, far from deserted. Rivals the Hangover Trail.

Hiline Trail
Finally got to check this one out. Brian published the guide here on HAZ two years ago and it screamed winner.

Slim Shady Trail
V.O.C. aorta to Templeton. A nice juniper dense trail. We only hiked 0.1 mi so the naggin rhythm never caught on... May I have your attention, please? Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?

Coconino Trail
This is now an official trail. This short access trail to Yavapai Trailhead is really an extension of the also short Hermit Trail.

Synopsis
Liked this four years ago. The Hiline tweak easily puts it in the top 3 Sedona mini mega loops.
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May 19 2019
Thoreau
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 Phoenix, AZ
Slim Shady TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar May 19 2019
Thoreau
Mtn Biking13.42 Miles 1,545 AEG
Mtn Biking13.42 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   5.83 mph
1,545 ft AEG
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May 04 2019
roaminghiker
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65 male
 Joined May 29 2013
 Oakland Gardens,
Slim Shady TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 04 2019
roaminghiker
Hiking4.34 Miles 775 AEG
Hiking4.34 Miles   3 Hrs   42 Mns   1.17 mph
775 ft AEG
 
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The loop of Slim Shady and Made in the Shade provides a relaxing, short jaunt among the Sedona red rocks. The loop sits on the west side of the main north-south road, across from the often-featured Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte, and just beneath the south end of a Seven Warriors formation. If done in the morning, the jaunt will feature evolving views of Bell Rock as the rising sun gradually illuminates the formation, plus good views of the differing colors and strata of the Seven Warriors peaks.

A special, nice twist runs above the maintained and officially-listed Slim Shady and Made in the Shade. The nice, little twist – an unregistered local trail. While the Shady-Shade loop runs at the base of formations, the local trail rises up to a ridge line at the top of the sloping sides of Seven Warriors, and just below the formation’s vertical spires and buttes.

This upper trail, though unmaintained and by all appearances unofficial, remains well-defined and easily followed. For our hike, we traveled along a short distance, and then descended, but this upper trail continues along the ridge. Why take the upper trail? Well, one almost always enjoys the quiet and uniqueness of an off-the-map path, and this one imposes no difficulties to traverse. But mainly one takes this route for the nice, expansive views, and the in-your-face perspective on the sandstone and limestone geology so richly abundant in Sedona.

Note, for the more knowledgeable, added trails, or I think the term would be routes, run further up to the top of the spires and buttes. We did not attempt those. While these routes to the top do not for the most part require technical climbing, they do rise more vertically, just a bit more treacherously, and not necessarily in a completely defined path.
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Apr 20 2019
cw50must
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Slim Shady - Templeton, AZ 
Slim Shady - Templeton, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2019
cw50must
Hiking2.75 Miles 300 AEG
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After the morning ride we went and got pizza, this means I am no good for riding. My friends headed out for a 2nd ride and I chose to take a hike on Slim Shady and Templeton. Great views from here, especially once you get up to the high spots on Slim Shady. Also, these trails were pretty empty for a Saturday. good stuff.
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May 27 2018
Thoreau
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 Phoenix, AZ
Slim Shady TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar May 27 2018
Thoreau
Mtn Biking9.21 Miles 816 AEG
Mtn Biking9.21 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   5.42 mph
816 ft AEG
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slim shady, templeton, oak creek, templeton, easy breezy, cathedral
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Oct 20 2017
Xiled1
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45 male
 Joined Feb 26 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Slim Shady TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Xiled1
Hiking9.00 Miles 343 AEG
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We started at the Yavapai point trailhead. Not too crowded on a Friday. We looped across Templeton and then back around on the Highline. The Highline has some great views and only saw one other person. Makes for a nice loop.
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Sep 30 2017
mt98dew
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Slim Shady TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2017
mt98dew
Hiking5.83 Miles 343 AEG
Hiking5.83 Miles   1 Hour   23 Mns   4.21 mph
343 ft AEG
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The Slim Shady had been on my radar for awhile because I was curious as to where it came out at the Bell Rock TH. This was the third hike of the day, and I had intended to run this but blistered feet and tired legs said otherwise. Got on the trails just after 11am. From the Yavapai Point TH I started off by heading down Hermit Trail. This was a short, downhill trail, only .3 miles long, that brought me to the Templeton Trail. The Templeton took me north and west to the juncture with the Slim Shady. This is where the Slim Shady starts. For about a mile, it is a gradual climb to the intersection with the Kaibab Trail. I got say this mile is pretty sweet. You are going up what is primarily a dry wash, so the views are limited, but I don't think I've come across a Sedona dry wash that I didn't like, this one included. There are quite a few slabs of red rock along this wash that really make this section beautiful to hike. The Kaibab juncture is pretty much the high point. From here on, it is a gradual descent until you reach the Bell Rock TH. The trail ends right across the road from where you turn into the Bell Rock TH. (This is what the trail description says, but it is not as obvious as you might think it would be). There is a sign for the Slim Shady at this end, but it is about 20ft off the road and is partially obscured by a tree so it is hard to see from the road. I was surprised to see that there is a trail junction at this end for the Canyon Circle Trail. I was surprised because I don't recall seeing this trail on any maps. I have a feeling that this Canyon trail bleeds into Oak Creek Village...so it may be more of a town trail. Still, I'll have to check it out. Return hike was uneventful. I did take the Coconino trail back to the parking lot. Despite my feet, I enjoyed this trail.

Be aware, this seems to be a popular biking trail and there are quite a few hidden turns. No problems today, but I can see the potential for problems.
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Apr 09 2017
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 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Cathedral Rock Loop, AZ 
Cathedral Rock Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2017
trekkin_gecko
Hiking10.22 Miles 2,050 AEG
Hiking10.22 Miles   5 Hrs   46 Mns   2.14 mph
2,050 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
1st trip
very fun loop that has been on our radar for about a year now
@azwanderingbear and @azbeaver were able to join @tibber and i for it
we started from yavapai vista but there are other options for parking
best to go counterclockwise so that you meet the mountain bikers descending hiline head on
we added cathedral rock from templeton since wade and mary jo hadn't been up there
also took the long way on baldwin, but another time we would take the cutoff for better scenery
all the trails were nice, providing a variety of views and terrain
templeton dropped down to oak creek, where we stopped for a snack
very lush and green along the creek
saw a hawk swoop down and snatch what we think was a frog out of the creek :o
the west side of baldwin was the least interesting, but hit the hiline soon enough
great trail with a couple of gnarly climbs and a good stretch on slickrock similar to hangover trail
dropped back down to slim shady and out
saw a few hikers on templeton, tons on the cathedral rock trail, a few near the creek and some bikers on hiline
can't imagine going down those drops
perfect temps all day, slightly overcast much of the time, and slight breeze
very enjoyable day with good company
nice to get out with mary jo and wade again
angela, we've picked some good ones this year
highly recommend this hike, keeping the cathedral rock spur but taking the shortest segment of baldwin
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Apr 09 2017
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cathedral Rock Loop, AZ 
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Hiking10.22 Miles 2,050 AEG
Hiking10.22 Miles   5 Hrs   46 Mns   2.14 mph
2,050 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Had a rare Sunday off. Got a nice invite to join Angela and Kelly on some trails MJ and I hadn't yet done. Trails were very nice, weather was perfect, and the company was great. Got to the Yavapai Vista trailhead early enough to get a parking spot. Trails weren't crowded at all except near trail heads and the creek.

Kelly insisted on the climb/scramble up Cathedral Rock Trail. Lower portions were crowded, but they thinned out nicely with more elevation. My lungs reminded me I hadn't been going uphill much lately. Need to fix that. Views at the top were extremely good.

Oak Creek is always a jewel in the desert. We took that part of the trail slowly, enjoying the small riffles and the deeper pools. We took a snack break near the feeding grounds for a fishing hawk. I missed the swoop that netted him a frog unfortunately.

The variety of terrain, views and abundant wild flowers on the Hiline really gave us a great ending to a very memorable hike. I expect to be back on this loop in the future. It's one of those you look forward to repeating.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cathedral Rock Loop, AZ 
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AZBeaver
Hiking10.22 Miles 2,050 AEG
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This has got to be one of my favorite hikes ever! Absolutely beautiful at every turn. Tibber organized and planned a great loop for us and it was one of those rare opportunities that all of our schedules worked out to hike together in Sedona. This loop gives you a different landscape and a variety of trail conditions and challenges. The highlights of the day was the climb to Cathedral Rock. Kelly (trekkin_gecko) scooted right up the channel to the top without a sweat. It was such a fun climb, placing your feet and hands in the foot holds and lifting yourself up at each step. Nothing really that difficult if you are in good shape. (Don't bring hiking sticks--they just get in the way.) This climb was more challenging for me as I am OLD and need to do training squats everyday to prepare for this type of hike. We spent a lot of time on top taking photos and watching others celebrate their successful climb. There were a lot more people on the trail as we descended. Going down looks much scarier but it is definitely a lot easier. The second favorite highlight was ascending Hiline Trail. Yikes. I cannot believe mountain bikers go down that horrendous trail. It is marked as a Double Black Diamond! Going up was not technically difficult but was physically taxing for me. I love being challenged. My third favorite highlight was at Oak Creek while we were having lunch. We watched and photographed this beautiful hawk that kept flying over the creek. It perched on a tree and after we gave up trying to get him (or her) to pay attention to us so that we could get a good photo of him/her, we decided to pack it up and hit the trail again. Just then....the hawk swooped off the limb down into the water and grabbed a fish or a frog with its talons and flew into the woods for a tasty lunch. It was awesome! No one got it on camera but it is ingrained to our memory forever! All trails we hiked on were wonderful. Some were easy, some were a climb, but the trails were well maintained. I love hiking on grippy sandstone. The day flew by because every where you look, it is GORGEOUS! I will do this hike again! Thanks Angela (Tibber) and Kelly (Trekkin Gecko) for a fantastic day and including Wade (AZWanderingBear) and I (AZBeaver).
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Apr 09 2017
tibber
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cathedral Loop Plus, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Apr 09 2017
tibber
Hiking10.35 Miles 2,177 AEG
Hiking10.35 Miles   5 Hrs   46 Mns   2.17 mph
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Kelly and I planned a Sunday hike in Sedona. I put together two options, the other included and in and out on Huckaby to Marge's Draw and a visit to Snoopy. We, however, opted for the Cathedral Loop. I did some further Rx and a route was born. I emailed the Mays to see if there were available and now the plan came together.

The others pretty much covered this hike.I'm just glad you can now do it as a loop altho an out and back in Sedona is never really a bad thing. I was also happy we got to hike it with Wade and Mary Jo. It doubles the enjoyment as this type of hike is fun to share with others.
Trail was in great condition whether you were going up or down. Hiking it counterclockwise is the better choice as the bike traffic is coming toward you for the most part. We saw limited bike action today altho we did encounter a fellow who claimed to help design/build the Hiline Trail (Double Black Diamond).
The views were almost always great except the other side of Baldwin with the power line in the way. For 10 miles you get a lot of bang for your buck and even the hills are short-lived though steep in parts.

I think my pictures pretty much tell the rest of the story. Let's just say it's a hike you'd do over again... even the next day. I haven't even looked at the movies yet as I just finished off the video from my First Water Massacre Grounds Loop from a couple weeks ago.

Thanks to Wade, our own personal squadron commander, for driving. We had a great late lunch/early dinner at Blue Moon. Food has consistently been good there over the years and you don't have to fight Sedona traffic.
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Mar 11 2017
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 Sedona, AZ
Hiline Trail - SedonaSedona, AZ
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xthine
Run/Jog8.16 Miles 804 AEG
Run/Jog8.16 Miles   1 Hour   54 Mns   16 Secs4.28 mph
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First time completing this loop and completing Hi Line.

Went from Yavapai Vista - Hi Line - Baldwin - Templeton - Slim Shady - Yavapai Vista.

Got to Yavapai Vista where a group of people (with an instructor) in a circle and doing yoga which quickly reminded me that the Sedona Yoga festival was going on all weekend.

The side of Hi Line close to Baldwin was gnarly in some parts. I don't know if it was because my shoe was not as grippy as I'm used to or what but I was not able to run down some parts of Hi Line, nearing the wash. Had to hike down that stretch. Very small gravely rocks going down the big slabs of slick smooth rock.
The sketchy part began at the sign that says 'caution watch out for uphill traffic', down to the wash. I almost got lost at the wash, did not know you had to actually stay in the wash to get back to the 'trail'. I was disoriented for a minute, thankfully a mountain biker pointed me to the right direction. It was a relief to be on Baldwin trail finally (the trail i was familiar with). The water level in the creek was still high and it was raging! Lots of people at the creek. Nice cooler section of the trail which was much welcomed. After going up Templeton switchbacks the trail becomes exposed, no shade at all. (this is the part where I bonked). Several people going up Cathedral. .
Was beginning to get worried that it would take longer to get to Slim Shady when I finally saw the trail sign where Templeton met with HT and Slim Shady.

First time on this side of Slim Shady and the trail was slim and some parts were shady. :D It was just a gentle rolling trail but felt it would have been an easier run going the opposite direction. There were quite a few mountain bikers, managed to avoid any collisions.

Able to complete the loop as planned, but next time I will try running it counter clockwise so I am not going down questionable sections of Hi Line.

Bonked hard after mile 6 and major leg cramps by mile 8. Birds chirping cool breeze early in the am but quickly warmed up. Hello Spring! :y:
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Feb 18 2017
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 Sedona, AZ
Made in the Shade - Sedona, AZ 
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xthine
Run/Jog5.01 Miles 617 AEG
Run/Jog5.01 Miles   1 Hour   16 Mns   4.23 mph
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I thought I'd explore a new (easy?) trail for my 1st trail run after the knee mishap a few weeks ago. I thought it would not be as rocky being a MTB trail. I was dead wrong.

Parked at Bell Rock lot and walked across to the start of Slim Shady trail. Not a lot of cars at the trailhead, it was drizzling a bit and called for more rain in the afternoon. Studied the map and planned to do a loop..Made in the Shade to Slim Shady, short and sweet. I also wanted to find where Made in the Shade met with Slim Shady further down the trail so I could find where Hi Line started. Figured route next time will be Made in the Shade- Slim Shady - Hi Line - Baldwin - Templeton - Slim Shady.

I brought my map with me, had my DeLorme InReach tracking on just in case. Yup, I got lost.

Quickly found the trail marker for Made in the Shade and Slim Shady. There were 3 mountain bikers there, they went on to do Slim Shady while I made my way up Made In the Shade.
The first couple of miles i thought were rocky and steepish, ended up hiking some parts of the first 2 miles.
Looking back at my GPS tracking it looks like I got off trail after the first 0.5 mile. I think I remember that part, I was at a vista.. wasn't quite sure where exactly the trail was, so took the path that looked like a trail (it really did look like a trail). I did not see any cairns. It was a steady climb over the next mile. Close to the top there was a fork, with no trail marker. I went to the left and came to spot where it looks like someone had camped? Awesome views of the village! I could not find a trail though so I went back and decided to take the right 'trail'. Trail was certainly narrow and mostly rock, with significant drop offs. I figure I must be going the right direction because I was heading down (and I could hear someone yelling, must be having fun on the bike).
It looks like I got back on trail after mile 2. Took it all the way down and ended up where I started (made in the shade Slim Shady trail sign). Went over to Slim Shady for about 3/4 a mile or so and finally able to see smooth runnable terrain.

So basically I made a loop ..Made in the Shade - off trail -- Made in the Shade. :(
I don't know what happened, it really look like a trail to me. Didn't trample on any desert plant life (that would have been painful!) and no bushwhacking involved either.

The 'trail' that I took was a fun one though (minus the fear of getting lost), certainly got my dose of elevation that day. :scared:
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Feb 11 2017
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 Goodyear, AZ
Cathedral Rock Loop Sedona, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Feb 11 2017
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Hiking10.00 Miles 2,959 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.82 mph
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Park at the Yavapai Vista parking area. Note that the parking area can only be accessed from the southbound lanes of SR179. From the ranger station, head north on SR179 5.5 miles to the Back o Beyond roundabout at milepost 310. Go completely around it and head back south towards Phoenix for 1.5 miles and take a right into Yavapai Vista, a little past milepost 309.
We started at the Yavapai Point on the Yavapai Vista trailhead. There are several converging trails here, so be watchful. You are taking the Slim-Shady trail to the HiLine. Most of the elevation occurs on the HiLine section of this trail.
Both the HiLine and the Slim-Shady trails continue somewhat opposite directions (Slim-Shady roughly parallels the highway, while the HiLine generally runs east-west). When you hit the HiLine trail, head west (left). The trail is best done in this clockwise direction.
The trail intersection is clearly marked; don't be alarmed by the sign that cautions "Extreme Difficulty" - this is for mountain bikers only. And we encountered more than a few, especially as the day went on, so I conclude that this may be a popular network of bike trails as well.
The trail is clearly marked and in most places very well worn. In the few places where you are hiking on the sandstone, there are white symbols that show the main trail...but as I said, the bikes have also clearly marked out the path...
About 3 to 3.5 miles in you will intersect the Baldwin trail. This is also the "exit" for the HiLine trail if you are on a mountain bike. Bear to the right (north/northeasterly); this is the eastern segment of the Baldwin trail. After about 1 mile you intersect the Templeton trail and are in sight of Oak Creek. About 100 paces to the right (going east) on the Templeton trail, the trail goes right down to the creek, and this makes a pleasant lunch spot. (We actually went about 100 paces to the west and came down to the creek at that point, but it wasn't as comfortable as we had expected.)
Oak Creek was running quite high the day we went, to the point that any ideas about crossing it or even cooling off were quickly set aside. But the views of Cathedral Rock from this point are spectacular.
After an extended break, we continued down the Templeton trail to the east. Once you climb out of the canyon - along a very well-worn and heavily used stone trail - you are over halfway through this hike.
Continue on the Templeton and you are going east, with Cathedral Rock on your right. Once you intersect the Cathedral Rock Trail, you may want to add an addition mile or so (plus associated elevation gain/loss) by hiking up the Rock, but our group was just enjoying the views so we passed on without attempting the Rock trail.
There was some ups-and-downs for the next couple of miles, but the trail was still well-marked and well-trod.
At the intersection of the Slim-Shady trail, turn south (right). Follow the Slim-Shady back to the intersection of the Yavapai Point and then down the Yavapai Vista trail back to the parking lot.
Some of our group missed the turnoff and continued down to the end of the Slim-Shady, which is the highway...so we had an additional mile back, hiking along the road.
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Hiline Trail - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 28 2016
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Hiking7.50 Miles 1,267 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   2 Hrs   37 Mns   2.87 mph
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This is another hike from the Boots and Burgers book. It start at the Yavapai Vista Trailhead. It's on the southbound road between Sedona and Oak Creek Village. There is a few mix and match trails here that are popular with Mountain bikers as well. You need to take Kiabab to Slim Shady to Hiline. I really liked this for a short Sedona Trail. It compares to the Hangover trail but not quite as hard. Great views of Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte to start. From there you start heading towards Cathedral Rock and past it on the south side. The mountain bikers do this as a one way and tie it in with other trails to make a loop. I did it as an out and back and really enjoyed it. I chatted with a nice young mountain bike couple for awhile. Her from Norway and him Canada (BC). Fun couple. After the hike I went to PJ's Pub on the books recommendation. MmmMmm, good burger.
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