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Courthouse Butte Loop Trail - 32 members in 90 triplogs have rated this an average 3.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 09 2022
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 Sedona, AZ
Courthouse Butte Loop TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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xthineTriplogs 169
Hiking5.38 Miles 653 AEG
Hiking5.38 Miles   4 Hrs   21 Mns   1.61 mph
653 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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“Can I take a picture of your dog?“ — everyone on Bell Rock today 😂
Trail patrol report:
Hikers - 323
Bikers - 2
Off leash dogs 0
Rock stacks dismantled > 10
Graffiti cleaned > 10
Trash collected - < 5lbs
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Verbena, occ Firecracker . Ocotillos haven’t bloomed.
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May 29 2021
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Courthouse Butte Loop TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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tibberTriplogs 1,276
Hiking4.68 Miles 710 AEG
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Our get out of town hike didn't start out too well as we circled the north Bell Rock/Courthouse TH a couple times hoping for a parking spot. Fortunately, we were able to find a place to park at the south Bell Rock TH along with the rest of the horde. It was a little warm with not much breeze.

We took off and did the Loop clockwise; when I last did this loop in 2009 with my brother, niece and cousin we went counterclockwise. The closer we got to Bell Rock the more crowded it got pretty much until we hooked up with the Courthouse part of the hike. Like most Sedona hikes, this one has some great views which really started to kick in once you get to the northside of the loop as you can see Cathedral Rock, Doe and Bear Mountain area, Thunder Mountain, Airport Mesa, Brins Mesa area and Twin Buttes. And then there's the Baby Bell Rock you can do a quick loop around if you want.

You kind of have to pay attention as you hook up with Courthouse Butte Loop when you start heading ESE. The breeze picked up just a tad here as well as some cool clouds in the sky. As you round the corner you can see the Rabbit Ears which are always fun to photograph. My niece and brother created this photo here, it is so cool [ photo ] :) The area has lots of brush and trees including prickly pear with very big ears which I've noticed quite a bit up here.

We encountered a few other hikers on this leg as you enter and leave the wilderness part of the hike. It's a $300 fine if a bike rider passes through here. A little further south and the Spaceship Rock (also apparently called Muffin Rock but we went with Spaceship in 2009, thus this picture [ photo ] ) finally shows up. As we passed by we noticed an ocotillo garden and took some photos. As you get more to the other side of the rock, it looks more like a spaceship.

We continued hiking to the southeastern side to a junction in this drainage area. Here you have the option to continue west on the loop but Ambika noticed that the Big Park Loop takes us to the TH so we opted to do that. I had not been on the Big Park Loop so we were pleasantly surprised. It is a fairly busy bike route though so keep your eye out. It's not easy for them either as it does involve a couple little uphills if you're coming from the west. I don't remember there being a Big Park Loop when we hiked this area in 2009. Anyway, we really liked it as you really got a longer view to the Butte and Bell Rock and with the cool little clouds swirling around, it made for some nice photos.

The TH was even busier when we got back. We were surprised to see so many people of all ages and dogs as it was now in the high 80s. We grabbed the cut watermelon out of the cooler and munched on that before taking off to PJs in the Village for lunch. The ribs are great!

I did post some more views from our balcony at the beginning of the Photoset as well as a couple other touristy things... in remembrance of Randall from back in the day.


WATCH: 4.47 miles. Avg bpm 116, Max 142 - most in Zone 3 burning 690 calories finishing at 11:29AM. Temp start 80.5 and 11% humidity.
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prickly pear were blooming and some apache plume.
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 Mesa, AZ
Courthouse Butte Loop TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Charger55Triplogs 573
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Jun 22 2020
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53 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Courthouse Butte Loop TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2020
mt98dewTriplogs 1,875
Hiking4.23 Miles 291 AEG
Hiking4.23 Miles   1 Hour   8 Mns   3.73 mph
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Second day in Camp Verde, allowed for a second day of Sedona hikes. Hoping to get 2 hikes in today. This was the first of two. Got to the Bell Rock TH a little after 4am. Still plenty dark out with just a little bit of coloring in the eastern sky. Trails are well marked and ,early on, they are very broad so the trail was easy to follow, even in the dark. Did the loop in a clockwise manner, first going around Bell Rock before turning east and making my way around Courthouse. This worked out well in that I missed any of the early crowds that might start out from the Court House TH. and by the time I got to the more single track portion of the hike there was plenty of lighting. It was cool seeing the "rabbit ears" illuminated by the early morning sunlight. Entire loop was very nice, especially the back side of Court House. A little more staired up and down than I anticipated, but very doable for all hikers. FYI the back side of this trail has a posted sign for "no biking". Saw a deer and a few rabbits. Encountered 3 hikers at the end as I was finishing.
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Feb 15 2020
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 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Llama TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2020
DarthStillerTriplogs 628
Hiking11.30 Miles 932 AEG
Hiking11.30 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.56 mph
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Made another road trip to Sedona to hike more unhiked trails there. I've been wanting to knock out some of the easier, tourist-ridden ones in the central area for a while now. I see them all the time driving through and I wanted to check them out.

We started just about 7:30am, just before the sun hit the horizon and lit up Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte with the golden dawn lighting. We did a counter-clockwise loop starting with the Big Park loop, then connecting to the Courthouse Butte loop, and headed north to the Llama Trail. At the high point of the Courthouse Butte loop there were very nice views to the north of the rest of Sedona. Also saw some hot air balloons on the other side of Cathedral Rock, making for some nice shots.

When we finished the Llama Trail and hit the Little Horse Trail, we had already done about 5.6 miles. I was kind of planning to go to Chicken Point or the Chapel of the Cross, but each was about a mile and a half more to hike. I needed to be back in Mesa before 6pm to finish shopping errands, so I wanted to keep the mileage no more than 12 miles. I decided to head back on Little Horse and the Bell Rock path and then did a little more of the inter-loop trails between the Courthouse Butte and Big Park loops.

Once we hit the Bell Rock Path, it was tourist central. Right off the bat we were approached by 2 older ladies saying they were lost and wanted to know how to get to the vortex. :-s I asked which one and they said Bell Rock, which was 3 miles away. The realized they didn't want to hike that far and decided to find a closer trailhead. As we hiked past Bell Rock, it was practically covered in tourists climbing all over it.

Early on we seemed run into a lot of people from PA, many of them Steeler fans. Seemed to be a running theme throughout the day. We were probably the 3rd or 4th car in the parking lot when we arrived, and when we returned it was filled and overrun with cars waiting for open spots.
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Feb 15 2020
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 Joined Dec 02 2014
 Mesa, AZ
Courthouse Butte Loop TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2020
adillingTriplogs 275
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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Feb 01 2020
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 Sedona, AZ
Courthouse Butte Loop TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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xthineTriplogs 169
Hiking4.12 Miles 463 AEG
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Busy on the trail today. Sedona Marathon crowd or just routine February tourist traffic? :-k
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bell - Rabbit - Hog - Chicken - Hiline Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Sep 28 2019
joebartelsTriplogs 5,293
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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Sep 28 2019
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Bell Rabbit Chicken Hog Church Cathedral Hi 2, AZ 
Bell Rabbit Chicken Hog Church Cathedral Hi 2, AZ
 
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The_EagleTriplogs 1,942
Hiking20.77 Miles 2,796 AEG
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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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Mar 14 2019
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34 male
 Joined Mar 07 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Courthouse Butte Loop TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2019
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May 05 2018
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 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Courthouse Butte Loop TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 05 2018
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Hiking4.30 Miles 291 AEG
Hiking4.30 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.03 mph
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For my second annual spring trek to Sedona I decided on the Courthouse Butte Loop Trail for my adventure today. Arriving about 6:45 on a beautiful morning I got underway at 7. I headed up the Bell Rock pathway already snapping the first of many pictures. I decided on the ccw direction and was glad I did as the morning sun provided some great color on the rocks. I made my way across the dry creek bed (a beautiful area) and continued on stopping for a break after 2 hours not far inside the wilderness boundary. The changing views of Courthouse Butte were awesome to look at and photograph. I passed by Submarine Rock then after awhile the back of Cathedral Rock came into view.I carried on. It was a little warm now and I was tiring some. soon I turned and Bell Rock returned into view. I made my way past then around the iconic formation and soon reacquired the sight of Courthouse Butte. I returned to my car at the now very full parking area tired but with a sense of accomplishment. my only disappointment was not seeing and cactus blooms along the way. A great hike that I highly recommend!
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 Tucson, AZ
Sedona Hike, AZ 
Sedona Hike, AZ
 
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fricknaleyTriplogs 3,392
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
 
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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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Aug 11 2017
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 Mesa, AZ
Courthouse Butte Loop TrailSedona, AZ
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Jul 15 2017
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 Gilbert, AZ
Courthouse Butte, AZ 
Courthouse Butte, AZ
 
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Exploring Sedona in the summer. :D
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 Oakland Gardens,
Woods Canyon #93 to Pine Valley Ridge - Sedona, AZ 
Woods Canyon #93 to Pine Valley Ridge - Sedona, AZ
 
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roaminghikerTriplogs 64
Hiking16.00 Miles 2,875 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   7 Hrs      2.91 mph
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Woods Canyon and Beyond

This hike features a moderately rigorous collection of less-commonly-used trail sections, starting at the Woods Canyon trailhead, taking Woods Canyon to the Hot Loop Trail just up the Horse Mesa, traveling back down to pick up Jacks Canyon, then using an fairly obscure connector link to loop through the Pine Valley Ridge and Pine Valley Trails, then backward the same way (skipping Horse Mesa) to the Woods Canyon trailhead. We hike about 16 miles, with an accumulated elevation change, round trip, of about 2900 feet.

The hike offers a bit of everything – open shrublands, rim forests, tree-covered mesas, expansive views, red-rock creek beds, Sedona real estate, the horses at Jacks Canyon trailhead, Courthouse Butte – but not a lot of anyone thing. We get the varied, and a reasonable amount of spectacular.

One item, though, does occur a lot – gates, of all types. After passing, close them, both an obvious courtesy and moreover standard hiking etiquette.

The hike starts at the extreme southern end of the Visitor Center south of Oak Creek village. A trailhead marker near a single boulder announces “Woods Canyon,” followed then by an old-style metal marker with “Trail 93” cutout, then a gate, and tall grasses.

Soon, though, the trail evolves to a mixture of open shrubland of low plants and common Southwest pinyons, juniper and other short trees. This continues as you rise slowly on Woods Canyon trail, the canyon itself formed by mesas to your left and right. The mesas might be considered unremarkable: low, flat, with gently-sloping tree-covered sides – no towering cliffs, only a little of the deep reds or browns or oranges, few bands or striations revealing geologic processes. But this unremarkableness brings a wonder – what would a 300 million year time lapse reveal about why Woods Canyon presents to us tree-covered green, while in a dozen miles Courthouse Butte will present to us a completely different view.

After about 1.8 miles, you reach the Hot Loop junction, marked nicely by a sign post. The ascent pitches up to a moderate incline, bringing you after about .8 miles to another nicely marked “T” junction of Hot Loop, with one leg of the “T” ascending to Horse Mesa. Go right and follow that up (about 1.3 miles) until you judge yourself close enough to the northern rim of the mesa to go north off trail (a short bit) to overlook Jack’s Canyon and the formations beyond. Rest a bit, you will have climbed 1200 feet, but mainly to take in the view and work a few pictures.

Your view across Jacks Canyon provides an expansive panorama of Lee Mountain, Courthouse Butte, and Bell Rock. Beneath you, in Jacks Canyon itself, lies the eastern edges of Oak Creek Village, including estates on roads sufficiently private that no Google street view exists. Far in the background rise Doe, Bear and Black mountains.

Travel back down, to the “T” junction, and now proceed north. This portion of the hike weaves through the wooded slopes of Horse Mesa and the smaller mesa that stood to your left on the beginning of the hike. Of interest, red rock occasionally breaks through the vegetation, hinting that the slopes consist of rock eroded down from strata once above the tops of the mesas.

About 2.8 miles after leaving the viewpoint on Horse Mesa, the hike reaches the horse trailer area at the Jacks Canyon trailhead. With good fortune, you might observe a couple horses being groomed and readied for riding. The estates of eastern Oak Creek village will also appear to the north.

Now pick up the interconnector. This will not be reached by taking the Jack Canyon trail. Rather, look for an unmarked single red trail a couple dozen feet more north than the trailhead for Jacks Canyon. Proceed a short distance on the interconnector, cross the road, pick up the connector again, and proceed up a short hill to a gate. Here, you stand up-close to a large estate, of intriguing architecture. The gate marks the start of Pine Valley Ridge trail and a continued gentle incline.

Proceed about .9 miles, and at the bend of the trail, take a short trek off-trail to the rim for wide view of the escarpment on a southern exposure of Lee Mountain, as well as an angle view on the infamous Rabbit Ears formation. Most of us lack a deep knowledge of geology, but even the casual observer can see the bands, layers and striations in the escarpment, formed as Sedona alternated between sea, beach, river and inland environments circa 275 million years ago.

At this point, one can drop down on a relatively uncataloged “Rabbit Ear” trail, or continue on Pine Valley Ridge, to arrive at the eastern side of Courthouse Butte. Again, geology will be evident, as will a bit denser crowds. You can peruse Courthourse Butte and Bell Rock on the typical trails, as you like, but when done take Big Park Loop south to an unmarked junction with Pine Valley Trail (GPS 34.794682, -111.747949). You will travel back about 1.5 miles on Pine Valley, until you “T” into Pine Valley Ridge. Go right, and shortly you will be at the gate to the interconnector. Proceed back to the Visitor Center, but eliminating the spur up to the top of Horse Mesa. Even though you traversed these trail sections earlier, the sun will now be at a different angle, and you view will be from a different viewpoint, and the time will be later in the day. So don’t be in so much of a hurry to not practice a bit more photography, or nature viewing, or geology study, or whatever your fancy.
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 Sedona, AZ
Courthouse Butte Loop TrailSedona, AZ
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xthineTriplogs 169
Run/Jog4.14 Miles 374 AEG
Run/Jog4.14 Miles      49 Mns   5.65 mph
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After a 5k road race in Flag earlier that morning, i was left yearning for a nice and quick trail run back home.

It was overcast in the mid 40s, parking lot at Bell Rock vista was barely half full by the time I got there at 4pm. Who knew the trail would not be busy in the late afternoon.

So apparently I've been logging my runs as Courthouse Butte Loop when in fact I had been on Big Park Loop.

Turns out this run would be my first time on Courthouse Butte Loop. Definitely more bike friendly and more runnable than Big Park Loop

Only came across 1 MTBer and another hiker at the beginning of the loop. Didn't see anyone else until I got close to the Courthouse vista parking lot. Trail wasn't muddy at all, didn't get much rain the night before.
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Courthouse Butte Loop TrailSedona, AZ
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xthineTriplogs 169
Run/Jog4.19 Miles 410 AEG
Run/Jog4.19 Miles      52 Mns   4.83 mph
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Awesome weather!! No mud, clear skies, cool breeze. Still achy posterior knee but able to push on. Taking it easy downhills. Saw about 50 mountain bikers as I left the trailhead.
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Jan 29 2017
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 Sedona, AZ
Courthouse Butte Loop TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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xthineTriplogs 169
Run/Jog5.02 Miles 459 AEG
Run/Jog5.02 Miles   1 Hour   1 Min   45 Secs4.88 mph
459 ft AEG
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Skies were clear and the sun was out again!

Snow mostly melted around Courthouse Butte Loop. Trail were super muddy this morning. Encountered a group of mountain bikers who asked me if there were any trails that are not muddy (uhm Phoenix?).
Saw some people going up Bell Rock, hopefully there were not a lot of icy patches up there because there were certainly some along the trail.
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Jan 22 2017
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Courthouse Butte Loop TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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xthineTriplogs 169
Run/Jog5.40 Miles 430 AEG
Run/Jog5.40 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   4.98 mph
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Parking lot was 1/4 full by the time I got to the trail head and by the I was done parking lot was full.

Temps in the mid 30s, overcast. Some flurries early on which turned into a drizzle. Trails slightly muddy. The washes were alive and flowing from rain the previous night. Took a number of stops today to take pictures, these wet snowy views will not last long. :( A tourist saw me snapping a few pictures of the wash and promptly asked if I could take a few pictures of her (at least she did not have a selfie stick). :lol:
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Jan 16 2017
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Courthouse Butte Loop TrailSedona, AZ
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xthineTriplogs 169
Run/Jog5.02 Miles 489 AEG
Run/Jog5.02 Miles   1 Hour   1 Min   4.94 mph
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Lots of hikers today despite overcast skies. Rained overnight but trails were not muddy at all.
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