March into Spring and watch the flowers blossom with these Sedona hikes
From beginner to hiking expert, there is no place more accommodating and picturesque than Sedona’s Red Rock country, offering an abundance of hiking opportunities. Spring in Sedona is a gorgeous and energizing season. Trees and flowers are blossoming, presenting a unique, powerful color palette amongst the Red Rocks. While some trails may still be fairly muddy we compiled our top three trials for a beautiful spring hike. If you are seeking further guidance for your Sedona hike, be sure to stop by The Hike House, as they are the real experts when it comes to hiking in Sedona. They also bake the most delicious “hiking cookies” in Sedona; try them and you will return for seconds.
Beneath the highest structure in Sedona, Wilson Mountain, lies an exquisite trail that takes you up 500 feet to a mesa overlooking Mormon Canyon and Soliders Pass. If you are looking to add to your adventure, then consider going right at the top of the mesa for an additional 1.0 mile and 400 feet elevation or connecting to the Soldiers Pass Trail. For those looking for an even longer adventure then take Brins Mesa Trail out to FR 152 (Vultee Arch Road), connect to Chuck Wagon Trail then over to Devil’s Bridge for a 5.7 mile (one way)/11.4 mile (round trip).
- Hiking Distance: One-Way: 1.5 mi | Total: 3.0 mi
- Trail Difficulty: Moderate
- Elevation Min/Max: 4525 to 5056 ft
- Hiking Time: One Way: 1.0 hr | Total: 2.0 hrs
- Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 34°54.461’ N, 111°84.906’ W
- Parking at Trail: 30 spaces
Doe Mountain Trail is one of the most popular trails in the Sedona Red Rock Wilderness—for good reason. Starting in the majestic Secret Mountain Wilderness, the trail quickly traverses up the side of Doe Mountain onto a relatively flat mesa. Once on top of the mesa, follow the rock cairns to the other side where you will be met with spectacular 360-degree Red Rock views. Note: As you approach the end of the trail please use caution. The trail ends on a ledge that drops off several hundred feet.
- Hiking Distance: One-Way: 0.9 mi | Total: 1.8 mi
- Trail Difficulty: Moderate
- Elevation Min/Max: 4602 to 5126 ft
- Hiking Time: One Way: 45 min | Total 1.5 hrs
- Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 34°53.612’N, 111°51.944’W
- Parking at Trail: 21 spaces
Courthouse Butte/ Bell Rock
Courthouse Butte Loop Trail is a great moderate hike for the whole family. Do not let the “carnival” at Bell Rock discourage you from doing this trail. While many come to “play” on Bell Rock, they are truly missing the best part of the area. The real gem of this area is in doing the entire loop. You will have a choice on the southern side of Courthouse of doing the Courthouse Loop or taking the Big Park Loop (preferred). As you loop around the eastern and northern side of this great butte, you will unlock the most scenic, tranquil and up-close views of the trail. As you come around the northern side of Courthouse, do not miss the cluster of Ocotillo just below the smaller butte that some affectionately call “Pancake Rock.”
- Hiking Distance One-Way/Total: 4.2 miles
- Trail Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
- Elevation Min/Max: 4060 to 4511 ft
- Hiking Time One Way/Total: 2.25 hours
- Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 34° 48.343’N, 111° 45.980’W
- Parking at Trail: 55 spaces
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