Summary: This hike passes beneath Cathedral Rock
Challenge Level: Moderate
Hiking Distance: Approximately 9.2 miles round trip between the Courthouse Vista parking area and the Baldwin parking area
Trailhead Directions: You can park at either the Courthouse Vista parking area. 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. Or you can park at the Baldwin Trail parking area. The trailhead is located out Verde Valley School Road on the unpaved portion of the road. From the roundabout, which connects Highway 179, Jack's Canyon and Verde Valley School Road, proceed approximately 4 1/2 miles out Verde Valley School Road to the parking on the left side of the road.
Description: The Templeton Trail stretches from the Bell Rock Pathway under SR 179 west to the Baldwin Trail. It's a 9.2 mile hike from one parking area to the other so we hike this as a pass-the-key hike with two groups hiking toward each other and meeting in the middle. There we pass our keys and later meet to swap back. The trail has excellent views of Cathedral Rock and many other red rock formations. At the Baldwin end, you hike adjacent to Oak Creek.
Here are photos taken by Cecil Ader Jr. of Florida
Here are photos by Lou Camp from our November 2008 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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