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: A steep hike to the "saddle" of Cathedral Rock
Challenge Level: Hard
Hiking Distance: About 3/4 mile each way
Trailhead Location: The trail begins on Back 'O Beyond Road
Description: If you want to get up close and personal to Cathedral Rock, this short (1.5 miles round trip) hard hike is for you. As you climb up the trail and you'll come to a large slickrock area. When you reach the Templeton Trail, turn right to the beginning of the Cathedral Rock Trail on your left. The trail is well marked with cairns and is very steep -- good hiking boots required! At the top of the trail there are wonderful views in all directions. The Cathedral Rock vortex is also located in the "saddle" at the top.
Here are photos from Lori Hellhake
Here are photos by Mike and Simone Kommer taken in November 2011 (including one from the West Fork Trail)
Here's a link provided by Marek Vanco on a June 2011 trip to Sedona: https://picasaweb.google.com/marek.va/SedonaSunsetCraterNationalMonument
Here are photos taken by Darryl Thompson
Here are photos taken by Lou Camp
Here are photos taken by Rob Corpstein
Here are photos taken by Sree Remella
For those of you who have a GPS unit, I have GPS data available for the hike which include "tracks," the route and waypoints.
Great Sedona Hikes
Last Updated April 4, 2015
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