Courthouse Butte Loop

Summary:  A pleasant hike circling Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte

Challenge Level:  Moderate

Hiking Distance:  Approximately 4 miles round trip

Trailhead Directions:  There are two possible trailhead parking areas for this hike, both along State Route 179. From the "Y" (the intersection of State Route 89A and State Route 179) proceed south on SR 179 for about 5 1/2 miles. You'll see a "Scenic View" sign on your left, just north of Bell Rock. Turn left here to the first parking area. Go south through the fence and proceed towards Bell Rock. You'll soon intersect the Courthouse Butte Trail.

If you continue on SR 179 another 3/4 mile or so, you'll see another parking area on your left, south of Bell Rock. Turn left into the parking area. Follow the Bell Rock Pathway Trail north for about 1/2 mile and you'll intersect the Courthouse Butte Loop Trail.

Description: This trail circles Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock in the Village of Oak Creek. It provides good views of these two famous rock formations as well as distant views of the Chapel of the Holy Cross and Cathedral Rock. You'll pass by "Muffin Rock," which some call "Space Rock."


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Here is a link to a video ( photos from our October 2010 hike



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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Last Updated November 29, 2014
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