NOTE: The following summary information is to help with hike selection and is not intended to be used for hiking the trail. For your safety and enjoyment, please obtain a copy of Great Sedona Hikes hiking guide available HERE.
Summary: This trail circles a red rock mesa near the base of Cathedral Rock. You can take a short side trip and hike along Oak Creek, and you can hike to the base of Cathedral Rock
Challenge Level: Moderate
Hiking Distance: Approximately 3.3 miles
Trailhead Location: The trailhead is located out Verde Valley School Road.
Description: This hike provides wonderful views of Cathedral Rock. Take a short side trip down the Templeton Trail and in about 0.2 mile you'll be along Oak Creek. You can see the area called "Buddha Beach" across Oak Creek where visitors construct stone pillars from the river rock. You may be lucky and see hundreds of the rock structures. If you continue along the Templeton trail for another 0.5 mile you'll find yourself at the base of Cathedral Rock. You have the option here of hiking up to the vortex located in the "saddle" of Cathedral Rock.
Here's a link to a video for such a hike (http://youtu.be/haMtqhio-TI).
Here's a link to the hike to the banks of Oak Creek using the Baldwin and Templeton trails (http://youtu.be/Zf4JooA0tow).
And here's a link to a video of the Baldwin Loop hike with side trips to the banks of Oak Creek (http://youtu.be/ypyZWlbiZb4)
Here are photos from our January 2012 hike:
Here are photos from our December 2007 hike
Here's a photo by Dale Grosbach
Here are photos taken by Lou Camp
For those of you who have a GPS unit, I have GPS data available for the hike which include "tracks," the route and waypoints.
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