Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock, Sedona: Address, Phone Number, Cathedral Rock Reviews: 5/5

Cathedral Rock
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Towering red rock formation, part of the Cathedral Rock Trail.
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More than 3 hours
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Sarah B
3 contributions
Dec 2021
Clint Frakes from Sacred Earth Tours took us here. The kids and I learned about the history of the land from tectonic plates to native culture's origin stories, to modern day affects of this gorgeous land.
Written 27 January 2022
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Mark S
Montana10 contributions
Jan 2022
This is a beautiful hike starting on the road. But be aware starting early in the day, the parking lots fill quickly. You will likely have to park pretty far away if you come after 10. It is a family friendly beautiful hike with any number of places to turn around when tired. Not hard.
Written 19 January 2022
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Cara
Crittenden, KY42 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
Overwhelming beauty. Did his hike was a little more challenging for us, as we would consider ourselves a novice in hiking however so worth it. We liked the challenge. Coming down was a little hand, foot and bottom but again, a really great day and hike.
Written 11 January 2022
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Sallys44
Hedgesville, WV49 contributions
Dec 2021
There are seveeral hikes to select from. We did the one trail that was about a mile and half loop and our grand kids did the steeper more difficult one to the top. All enjoyed the hike. My opinion of the easier one (Baldwin I think) was a little more difficult than I thought the rating suggested.
Written 9 January 2022
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Khim Y
Pleasanton, CA225 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
We wanted to go to Bell Rock and just do the easy hike around the base. However, after circling the parking lot a few times and having no luck, we drove down the street just when a spot in the parking lot opened up at Cathedral, so we decided to heed the vortex and just go.

I could tell that some people really enjoy this hike, and logically I could even tell you why - it’s got a great view at the top, it’s relatively short, and you’d feel proud when you get to the top. But trust me - it’s not for everyone. As a non-athletic, short legged middle-Agee with a fear of heights, that climb was most certainly not worth it for me. I made it to the top, and made it down again without much mishaps, but there were many times on the way up that I thought not only was I not going to make it to the top, I would never see my family again. I hated the smooth rocks at an incline that some people could just walk on while I had to climb on all fours with nothing to hold on to. I hated every moment of it, even when I got to the top. I didn’t even enjoy the scenery at the top at all because I was so scared. I did Devil’s Bridge the day before and that was a piece of cake compared to this.

Most hikers/climbers were young adults, though I saw older children, older adults, and some dogs too. I think the hike won’t be bad as long as you don’t have a fear of heights, but if you do, then don’t do it. The view is why everybody loves this hike, and if you can’t enjoy the view from that height then you’d be better off enjoying it from the base of the mountain, where it’s equally stunning. And leave your precious energy to visit somewhere else like the Devil’s Bridge.

BTW, bring plenty of water. There’s a restroom at the trailhead, and caged cairns to mark the path along the way. Lots of people regret going up near the top, but it’s also too scary to turn back. Coming down was surprisingly easier than going up, you just slide down little by little and it’s a slow slide with lots of friction, which makes me think that it’ll be hard in the rain or when it’s slippery!

For parking, we got there at around 10:30 and there were a couple of spots available because I guess the first wave of people just left. There’s a nice man at the entrance letting cars in if the lot is not full. When we left at 2, the lot was full again.
Written 8 January 2022
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Maggie C
Saint Louis, MO272 contributions
Dec 2021
This might just be my favorite Sedona hike. The payoff at the top is just incredible! The hike itself is a bit technical with some fairly sleek rock faces and some narrow footholds along the well-marked trail. It's just super fun!! Do it. You'll be glad - and proud - you did.
Written 1 January 2022
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Nan L
Dublin, OH45 contributions
Dec 2021
The climb wasn’t as hard as I thought, but it is challenging and fun. It took us 1.5 hrs up and down, including picture time and exploring the extra climbing to the left once you reached the trail end. We arrived at 1:30pm and waited about 15 min at the parking lot before there’s a spot became available. Just be patient and there are always people coming back down at any time. The view on the top is spectacular. You may get warm climbing up. I’d recommend this one over Bell Rock.
Written 23 December 2021
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intinerant
Lynn Haven, FL150 contributions
Dec 2021
Close to Sedona, easy to challenging hiking on well marked trails, up an amazing red rock! Only challenge is very limited parking...
Written 11 December 2021
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Eric P
Greenwich, CT30 contributions
Dec 2021
Short uphill climb. Great way to take in a sun set or sunrise because you don't have much to travel to get to your destination.

When you reach the sign that says "End Trail," look to your left. If you walk all the way to your left and stay to the right you will find some more opportunities for exploration.

A fun short up hill climb will lead you to some possibilities and twisted trees were the energy is more dense if you're able to tap into it.

If you choose this path, it does have the potential to circle back around. Explore and have fun.
Written 9 December 2021
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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ6,287 contributions
Oct 2021
The start of this trail is located in a residential area, and the street is the “Back O’ Beyond” Road – right off Route 179. Our GPS took us to the wrong location a few blocks down from that, and some nice neighbors guided us to the correct place. Apparently, that happens to a lot of people, so now there is even a funny sign about the error (see my photo).

When we arrived at the parking lot in the afternoon, there were quite a few spaces available – which indicated that this particular trail was not as popular as the several others around. A group of people getting ready to go up warned us to take it slow because this hike can get a little difficult in some spots. So, given the time that we had at our disposal, we opted not to go, and spent time in the downtown area instead.

We did pause, however, to take a bunch of photos of the magnificent rock formation. Just Wow…!
Written 8 December 2021
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