Cathedral Rock Trail

Hiking Tours

Cathedral Rock Trail

Enjoy this 1.9-kilometer out-and-back near Sedona, Arizona. Generally regarded as a difficult route. Because this is a popular hiking region, you will most likely come across other people while exploring. The route is available all year and is a great place to come at any time. Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a leash. Hikers can also reach Cathedral Rock Trail via the Baldwin and Templeton paths.

Cathedral Rock in Sedona is a short but difficult trek that provides spectacular views of the naturally occurring rock formations in the middle of red rock country. Because of the breathtaking environment and short distance, this is a favorite choice for hikers of all ages. Put this one on your list if you ever find yourself trekking in the area.

You'll have to scramble up a variety of rocks to get to the top. These rocks have been widely trafficked and are quite slippery. Proper footwear is advised, as is packing your belongings in such a way that your hands are free to scramble and retain three points of contact.

The trek to the top of Cathedral Rock in Sedona's southern region is spectacular. It's only around 1.5 miles round trip, but the 740+ ft elevation gain makes this a moderately strenuous hike with some near vertical ascent. Follow the basket cairns to stay on track as you scramble your way up the rough terrain.

The hike from the trailhead can about half an hour.

Each journey takes about one hour. The views at the top of the hike are well worth it, especially around sunset. Wear proper closed-toed hiking shoes with sufficient traction for a smoother ascent and descent.

Dogs are permitted in this region, however they should not be brought on this walk. The course needs a lot of scrambling, which most dogs would struggle with.