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Devil's Bridge Hike

Summary:  A steep hike up to the largest natural stone arch in the Sedona area

Challenge Level:  Moderate

Hiking Distance:  About 1 mile each way, 2 miles round trip from the Devil's Bridge parking area: 2 miles each way, 4 miles round trip from the parking area on Long Canyon Road, 6 miles from the Dry Creek Vista parking area.

Trailhead Directions:  From the "Y" (the intersection of State Route 89A and State Route 179), drive towards Cottonwood 3 miles. Turn right on to Dry Creek Road. Stay on Dry Creek for 3 miles and turn right on FR 152. If you don't have a high clearance vehicle, park at the end of the paved FR 152 at the Dry Creel Vista parking area and follow the Chuck Wagon Trail to the turn for Devil's Bridge. If you have a high clearance vehicle, proceed for 1.3 miles to the parking area on your right. FR 152 is a very rough dirt road so a high clearance vehicle is recommended.

Another alternative if you don't have a high clearance vehicle, continue on Dry Creek Road past FR 152 and turn right on to Long Canyon Road. Drive 0.3 mile and park on the right (same parking as for Mescal Trail). Hike the short connector trail to the Chuck Wagon Trail, make a left and hike to the second connector trail which will take you to the Devil's Bridge parking area described above. You'll hike 4 miles round trip from the parking area on Long Canyon Road.

Description: Devil's Bridge is a natural stone arch that is reachable with a moderate amount of climbing (up some 400 feet). It is about 1 mile to the arch and the view of the arch is well worth the climb. The trail splits about miles up. The right trail goes to the top of the arch and the left trail goes beneath the arch. You'll be hiking up then on the way back, down some steep natural stone steps (with no hand rails) so if you have a fear of heights, or the trail is wet or icy, you will want to be extra careful on this hike.

Here's a link to a video of a recent climb up to Devil's Bridge (http://youtu.be/snPmkJpzqYw)

Photos:

Click on the photos below for a bigger view

 

Guest Photos:

Here is a photo submitted by Oscar Arrunada 

Here are photos taken by Jessica Bohan from Florida   

Here are photos taken by Jason Gilliland 

 Here are photos taken by Cecil Ader Jr. from Florida   

Here are photos taken by Tammy Tyndall of Scottsdale, AZ  

Here is a photo taken by Jim Greene 

Here are photos taken by Jon Dorsey 

Here are photos taken by Lou Camp 

Here are photos taken by Karin Kelsey 

Here are photos by Eric Murphy of Colorado Springs, CO 

Here are photos 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.  

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Great Sedona Hikes
Last Updated December 20, 2014
Web Page by Bill Bohan (billbo@greatsedonahikes.com)