Cathedral Rock Trail

NOTE: The following summary information is to help with hike selection and is not intended to be used for hiking the trail. For your safety and enjoyment, please obtain a copy of Sedona Hiking Guide which is available here.

Summary:   A steep hike to the "saddle" of Cathedral Rock

Challenge Level:   Hard

Hiking Distance:   About 3/4 mile each way

Trailhead Location:   The trail begins on Back 'O Beyond Road

Description:   If you want to get up close and personal to Cathedral Rock, this short (1.5 miles round trip) hard hike is for you. As you climb up the trail and you'll come to a large slickrock area. When you reach the Templeton Trail, turn right to the beginning of the Cathedral Rock Trail on your left. The trail is well marked with cairns and is very steep -- good hiking boots required! At the top of the trail there are wonderful views in all directions. The Cathedral Rock vortex is also  located in the "saddle" at the top.


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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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Great Sedona Hikes
Last Updated March 31, 2021

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