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Bell Rock - 25 members in 74 triplogs have rated this an average 3.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Feb 15 2020
adilling
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58 male
 Joined Dec 02 2014
 Mesa, AZ
Courthouse Butte Loop TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2020
adilling
Hiking10.60 Miles 1,075 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.55 mph
1,075 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
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Chris invited me to do a series of trails up in Sedona with him and Wally, and I thought that would be a good way to spend a Saturday morning.

An early start before the sun was up out of the Bell Rock Trailhead. It was chilly for sure...20 something. All three of us were feeling the cold for sure!

I have done the Courthouse Butte Loop and the trails around Bell Rock, but not the others he had loaded up. The early start gave the first part of the hike a little escape from the masses, but we still saw some hikers out there early on.

The Llama trail was a nice one as was the Little Horse. The area around the Chapel looks interesting. Gotta hit that area next time.

We made good time, as Wally was in front moving out. Holding back for Chris and I, no doubt, but we still knocked out 11 miles in about 4 hours. No major elevation or scary climbs on this one. Just some nice trails in a very scenic area.

On our way back, the crowds really started in. The trails were packed with hikers and mountain bikers. Poor Bell Rock was completely infested with tourists, climbing all over the place.

The trailhead parking lot was totally full when we returned.Some guy offered Chris $10 for his parking spot when we got back....ha ha. He found another one before we were finished loading up.

It always a good day hiking with Chris and Wally and this day was no exception.
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Jun 26 2019
emilystardust
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 Routes 2
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39 female
 Joined Jun 23 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Bell RockSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2019
emilystardust
Hiking1.80 Miles 609 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles
609 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Jun 16 2019
BobP
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59 male
 Joined Feb 26 2008
 Scottsdale, AZ
Bell RockSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2019
BobP
Hiking2.20 Miles 609 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
609 ft AEG
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Sep 15 2018
BobP
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59 male
 Joined Feb 26 2008
 Scottsdale, AZ
Bell RockSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2018
BobP
Hiking1.70 Miles 945 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles
945 ft AEG
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This was plan B because we couldn't get a parking space to do Morning Glory Spire. I had no idea there was a write up for this but we went straight up and cliffed out. Then we went down a couple of layers and found a decent route up. This was fun. There was a guided group on top and another guy chillin near the top. Lots of people on the trails below.
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May 01 2018
fricknaley
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46 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Sedona Hike, AZ 
Sedona Hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 01 2018
fricknaley
Hiking23.00 Miles 3,950 AEG
Hiking23.00 Miles   9 Hrs   32 Mns   2.53 mph
3,950 ft AEG      26 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
this is the one i couldn't wait for. modified the Bruce/Joe loop by tagging on some excellent additional trail miles and circling around behind cathedral. there was a big storm front moving in that evening so i knew i was on the clock a little bit for this one.

started off messing around up on the beautiful bell rock. went up the lower chute and decided in the interest of time (ie storm) to call it there, for this trip. i will be back for the top one day. scrambled down and around on courthouse butte. took a minute to figure out the unmarked loop out to the rabbit ears. the way out is a bit of a rocky slog, but once you hit the high point, loop around to magnificent view of the rabbit ears and bring it home on the much more entertaining northern leg, this becomes a much more worthwhile excursion!

scenic traverse on llama and little horse over to chicken point for the next high yield part of the hike. views from chicken point are always wonderful. broken arrow is great, then the absolutely fantastic high on the hog and hog heaven trails. man i love these two trails. completed the loop around the mountains on hog wash, mystic and chapel trails. headed back to 179 then crossed under it on little horse and the surprisingly nice HT trails.

next up was probably my most anticipated part of the day looping over to, up/down, then around cathedral. the templeton trail is underrated in my opinion and the segment from HT to cathedral junction, i found to be lovely. this is when the weather really moved in. i contemplated bailing on going up/down cathedral since i've done it numerous times. instead i decided to just put on my bobby rockets and blast up and down. more templeton awesomeness to the creek, then short but sweet crossover on baldwin to the Hiline trail. Folks, we have another sedona winner with the Hiline Trail. completely awesome trail, with sections remniscent of the hogs/hangover. the weather was pretty crazy at this point so i had to keep it moving, but this was really outstanding. i had earlier notions of adding a few extra miles at the end with looping made in the shade and slim shady, but it was pretty clear it was time to call it a day. and i was getting sick of the wind at this point too. ha

outstanding big day out there, without that many people all things considered. my gps screwed up on me for a while on the little horse and broken arrow trails, so the numbers associated with my gps route are not right (a little too low, especially the elevation). for those interested, the route is good though.
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Oct 20 2017
clem5123
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52 male
 Joined Jul 29 2016
 Dewey
Bell RockSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2017
clem5123
Hiking2.20 Miles 609 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
609 ft AEG
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1st trip
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May 10 2017
toddak
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56 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Oak Creek quintet, AZ 
Oak Creek quintet, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 10 2017
toddak
Hiking15.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   8 Hrs      1.88 mph
5,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
Hiked the 5 road-to-rim trails on the east side of upper Oak Creek Canyon. Up and back down on Purtymun, Thomas Point and Telephone, then up Harding / north on the connector trail / down Cookstove. All are steep, well-constructed trails with scenery and big views. I expected more of a thrash on Purtymun but its in mostly good condition all the way to the rim, so it's clearly getting some use and unofficial maintenance.

Hit Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock on the way out of town, fun slickrock.
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Mar 11 2017
knmurphy
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41 male
 Joined Aug 03 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Bell RockSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2017
knmurphy
Hiking2.20 Miles 609 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
609 ft AEG
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Jan 30 2017
survivordude
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40 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Bell RockSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2017
survivordude
Hiking2.20 Miles 609 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   3 Mns   2.10 mph
609 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Stopped in Sedona on the way back from Flagstaff and took the daughter and dog for a quick hike up Bell Rock. She actually took better pictures that I did :oops: I haven't been to Sedona in a year and I really love this place. The way all the colors come together here is amazing. This was a real easy trail and daughter and dog had no problem up. There were a lot of people on the trail today. I can't wait until I retire, also.
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Nov 12 2016
The_Eagle
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Bell Rabbit Chicken Hog Church Cathedral, AZ 
Bell Rabbit Chicken Hog Church Cathedral, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking20.60 Miles 3,778 AEG
Hiking20.60 Miles   9 Hrs   44 Mns   2.27 mph
3,778 ft AEG      40 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
For all the times I've hiked in Sedona, I've never really hiked much in this area. I put together a loop, Joe tweaked it a bit, and we were off.

First up, getting to the top of Bell Rock. Joe picked a decent ascent route to the top. There are only a couple spots that make you think a bit. We had the top to ourselves. Great morning views of the area.

Video from the top :next: youtu.be/51Jch9Byq18

Next up, an area that's off the main drag. I've wanted to get a better view of the "Rabbit Ears" and found this unmarked loop on Satellite View that get's you close. We saw one mountain biker, walking her bike on the trail and that was it. A nice little change from the perfectly groomed Sedona main corridor trails.

Just before making it to Chicken Point, I lost Joe to a Yoga Class for a bit.

The High on the Hog and Hog Heaven Trails need to be put on your list if you are in this area. We were calling this the Hangover junior Trail. Great trail with great views.

After taking Joe to church, it was off to Cathedral Rock. The HT Trail and Templeton Trails are a worthy alternatives to reaching Cathedral Rock. Being one of the most popular areas in Sedona, it was jumping with all types. Including Infants, puppies, yoga pants and Grandmas.

I really enjoyed this loop with perfect weather in gods country.
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Nov 12 2016
joebartels
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Bell Rabbit Chicken Hog Church Cathedral, AZ 
Bell Rabbit Chicken Hog Church Cathedral, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2016
joebartels
Hiking20.02 Miles 3,522 AEG
Hiking20.02 Miles   9 Hrs   45 Mns   2.25 mph
3,522 ft AEG      50 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Bell Rock
Hands down the highlight. Using 9L's posted route it was easy to decipher. Based on the tunnel through the scrub at the bottom and the register up top this place gets a lot of visitors.

Rabbit Ears
Heard of this 11 years ago and have been mildly curious. I prefer the north part of the loop over the south. Once is probably enough. It's cool you can see the ears driving south on I-17!

The Hogs
16 years ago I mountain biked Broken Arrow. Memories of so so kept it off my return list. The Hog trails are near perfect. A low key manicured version of Hangover Trail ( favorite ). Edgy trail through lots of cypress, need I say more. Thx to tibber/gecko for bringing these great trails to light.

Templeton Trail
Bruce put this hike together. I suggested the missing spice Cathedral Rock utilizing HT & Templeton to connect. Unexpectedly found out the connectors are decent hiking. When you aren't in the cypress you are surrounded by the distant red rock formations. This trail goes to Red Rock Crossing, I may have under estimated it's potential. Tough to give it a higher rating going under a hwy and with such other great choices nearby. Let's call it a high 3.9 of 5!

Synopsis
I enjoyed the entire hike. Sedona, the forest service or whoever has done a great job with most of the trails and signage. I'm not a fan of over networked trail systems like the cough north McDowells. It works very well in this spectacular land of red rock. Wonderful weather and friendly yoga enthusiast may have made this hike better than normal.
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Aug 19 2016
afrankie
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33 male
 Joined Sep 30 2015
 Carrboro, NC
Bell RockSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2016
afrankie
Hiking2.20 Miles 609 AEG
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609 ft AEG
 
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After a long day I went for a dusk stretchout to take in the views before heading home to the Valley. I just went for a ride around Courthouse Butte so this was a natural fit. Peaceful, just how it should be. There was a drone flying directly above Bell Road - fortunately that left after a few minutes. Nice colors, re-energized, and I was on my way home.
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Aug 19 2016
afrankie
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 Routes 40
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33 male
 Joined Sep 30 2015
 Carrboro, NC
Courthouse Loop, AZ 
Courthouse Loop, AZ
 
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afrankie
Mtn Biking3.61 Miles 263 AEG
Mtn Biking3.61 Miles
263 ft AEG
 
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An afternoon loop around Courthouse was cut short with a mid-trip flat so I hit one of the shorter-trails back to call it a day. I got a new pump, which I soon learned how little I enjoy it :) , so after getting my body and mind out of whack taking forever to change my rear tube I felt satisfied in calling it a day and taking a stretch out walk around Bell. Gorgeous afternoon that turned to evening though...
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Jul 23 2016
xthine
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 Joined Jul 22 2016
 Sedona, AZ
Bell RockSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 23 2016
xthine
Hiking2.84 Miles 792 AEG
Hiking2.84 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   1.76 mph
792 ft AEG
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Temps were in the 90s. Busy trail as always, things out a little as you get closer to the top.
Downloaded the GPX route to the top but still did not make it to the actual top. We started at North parking lot don't know if that makes a difference. Someday we will make it to the top. :)
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Mar 16 2016
xthine
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 Joined Jul 22 2016
 Sedona, AZ
Bell RockSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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xthine
Hiking0.84 Miles 59 AEG
Hiking0.84 Miles      24 Mns   2.10 mph
59 ft AEG
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Jan 10 2016
xthine
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 Joined Jul 22 2016
 Sedona, AZ
Bell RockSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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xthine
Hiking1.10 Miles
Hiking1.10 Miles      26 Mns   2.54 mph
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Nov 08 2015
MikeS
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 Joined Mar 18 2012
 Goodyear, AZ
Bell RockSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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MikeS
Hiking1.70 Miles 485 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   1.36 mph
485 ft AEG
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The kids and I needed to go to Flagstaff for a family event so we left early and detoured through Sedona and played on Bell Rock. Made it most of the way to the top and they loved exploring and playing on the rocks. Then drove up Oak Creek Canyon and played by the creek. Great day.
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Jul 19 2015
MikeS
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 Goodyear, AZ
Cathedral Rock Trail #170 - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2015
MikeS
Hiking12.70 Miles 2,475 AEG
Hiking12.70 Miles   3 Hrs   36 Mns   4.70 mph
2,475 ft AEG      54 Mns Break
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Great morning up in Sedona. All the trails were wet from the rain last night but it wasn't ever to muddy. Went out on the Hiline trail, which is a beautiful trail. You get to climb up for great views of Sedona, Then took Baldwin to Templeton. About half way back came to Cathedral and went up it. Lots of fun and places to explore. I want to bring the kids up there to play on that one. Left back on Templeton to Slim Shady and back to the car with 9 miles. Refilled with water ( ran out on mile 8 ) then went over to Bell Rock. I was going to go all the way around Bell and Courthouse but decided not to kill my legs (saving them for Grand Tetons next week!). It was very humid. I think I want to go back and do this in the winter. Great scenery.
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May 25 2015
Lucyan
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41 female
 Joined Jan 18 2011
 In the Wild
Bell RockSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Lucyan
Hiking2.00 Miles 547 AEG
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Mar 14 2015
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Bell RockSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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John9L
Hiking4.90 Miles 886 AEG
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Claire and I headed up to Sedona for the day and started with Bell Rock. It's been a decade since I was on the summit and Claire has never been. We started from the south parking area around mid-morning on a busy Saturday. We made quick time as we headed directly to the west side of Bell Rock.

The route heads right up a gully and is fairly intuitive. We started the scramble up and noticed a large guided group ahead of us. The group was not an issue but what really stood out was the member without a right leg. It was missing below the knee. I thought he was just checking out the lower section but no this guy was determined to summit. We passed the group at the lower notch and made our way to the summit. We took our time and looked over the route. There is a sketchy scramble a little below the summit. The challenge is finding good hand and foot holds in the sandstone. We both took our time and made our way up and reached the summit soon after.

Once on top we took a break as we enjoyed the views. Sedona is just beautiful and makes me feel like a nostalgic tourist from the mid-west. Bell Rock was my very first hike in Arizona back in 1997. I went with my sister and brother on a day trip from Phoenix. I didn't summit that day but that didn't matter. I was enamored with Arizona. I knew I would be back.

While enjoying the top the guided group started making their way to the summit. The tour guide counted off 804, 805, 806... as each person reached the summit. A few short minutes later the guy without a leg topped out and he was elated! I'm not sure how he did it but he was there. Everyone was clapping for him and the guide said this is a first for him. All of this was really cool to see and made our day. :)

From there we started our descent down. I couldn't help but think about it while on top. It turned out to be fine. The scramble section was tricky but is fine. We just took our time and felt for good holds and eased our way down. After that we dropped down and scrambled down the notch. Once below we were home free and started the loop around Courthouse Butte. We cruised and were back to the car a little before noon. We were off to a great start and had more hikes planned for the day.
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