2017 – I spent several months in Sedona during two different years and still haven’t gotten around to doing detailed pages on all the hiking I did around there.
Since I get asked about that a lot, I’m going to add some info and pictures here to at least give an overview of them. Where I didn’t do formal pages, I’ll include links to albums I posted on Facebook (they’re public so you don’t have to have an account to view them).
5.2 miles total with over 13 creek crossings if you go the whole way, but it’s plenty worth it to do just a little of it.
I had heard this was one of the most popular trails in the Sedona area, especially in the fall for leaf peeping. See more info below on parking and be sure to get there early if you want a spot. The trail was definitely more crowded later in the day and I admit sometimes the noise and people were distracting if you are looking for peace and quiet. Regardless, it’s worth the trek!
(Red Rock State Park)
It’s only about 3/4 mile, but gains 300′ in elevation, so there was some huffing and puffing, but I took many opportunities to stop and take pictures and catch my breath.
I heard that this hike was the most popular within Red Rock State Park and when I did it, I could certainly see why!
(McDonald Trail off Hwy. 260 in Camp Verde)
I heard this trail was about a mile, but it’s certainly not easy!
Very steep and loose gravel in places makes footing tough, but the views of the cliff dwellings at the top kept me going.
There were times I was afraid I wouldn’t make it, but I was determined and the rewards at the top are well worth it! Little YouTube video I did from here with my friend Grace drumming and burning sage. This was truly a day filled with magic!
Nobody visiting Sedona should miss this place with some short and easy hikes. You can find the sites of some of the most iconic photos of Sedona here.
Dipping my feet in cool Oak Creek while gazing at Cathedral Rock – a truly amazing Sedona moment!
Buddha Beach is well known for its numerous rock cairns, even though the practice is not without controversy.
Another of my visits: Hike with Friends
I finally made it to this spot on my second visit to Sedona after hearing about it from several locals since my first visit the year before.
It really is a gorgeous area with nice hikes and rock formations that will blow your mind, then Oak Creek tiny waterfalls to soothe your nerves.
This was another trail I kept hearing about but I didn’t get around to until late in my second visit.
This was the first time I used my AllTrails app and recorded the route. I like it and hope I can remember to keep using it!
There are so many trails available off of Red Rock Scenic Byway. I did bits of pieces of some, but Bell Rock was one of my favorites.
I didn’t even make it up halfway to the top, but the views from everywhere made this hike worthwhile.
This is another trail that can be accessed from Red Rock Scenic Byway.
My friend Anita took me here and although the only sunshine was on my Sedona t-shirt this day, the view of Cathedral Rock was stunning.
I’m forever grateful to the local friend who brought me on this hike!
There are many trails available from this area, so I’m glad I was with someone that had been here a lot and knew the best places to go. It wasn’t always easy so as always, I was glad I brought my hiking stick. And we wound up on this ledge with an outstanding view!
There is so much to see in and around Boynton Canyon, but I was glad I was able to do this hike while my sister-in-heart was visiting from SC. It wasn’t terribly hard getting up here, and to be able to sit and contemplate this view was a great reward.
Although I came to this spot off Schnebly Road several times during my time in Sedona, I never went far down the trail for one reason or another. But there is a natural amphitheater that you can walk around and that’s still on my list to do next time I’m in Sedona.
But I always enjoyed this view of the Bat formation. Do you see him with his outstretched wings?
You can even see his eyes in this close up! And I definitely think he’s the vampire kind showing off those wings to full advantage! 🙂
There are so many other hikes that I did at least part of and I still didn’t begin to touch what all is available here. Just a quick search for Sedona hikes can keep you busy all day just checking them out. Have fun trying to decide which ones to do!