Llama Trail

Summary:  This loop hike provides views of Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte and Cathedral Rock

Challenge Level:  Easy to Moderate

Hiking Distance:  About 2, 4 or 6 miles round trip

Trailhead Directions:  From the "Y" (the intersection of State Route 89A and State Route 179), travel south on State Route 179 for about 8 miles. The trailhead is the second "scenic view" on the left side of the southbound SR 179 just north of Bell Rock. The trail starts on the south side of the parking area.

Description:  The south end of Llama Trail is connected to the Courthouse Butte Loop trail, near the Village of Oak Creek. The north end of the Llama Trail is on the Little Horse Trail. Llama essentially parallels the Bell Rock Pathway. This trail is on the north side of Bell Rock, approaches Lee Mountain and provides outstanding views of Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte, Lee Mountain and Cathedral Rock. There isnít much shade on this hike. We discovered a series of pools, which we named "the 8 sacred pools." If you use the Little Bell Trail you have a 2 mile hike; if you use the Bail Trail you have a 4 mile hike; and if you go all the way to the Little Horse Trail you have a 6 mile hike.

Here's a link to a video of the Llama Trail (


Click on the photos below for a bigger view


Here are photos from our snowy December 2013 hike 

Here are photos from our November 2011 hike   

Guest Photos:

The following photos are by David Butler   

The following photo is by Darryl Thompson 


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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