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A Sedona Adventure if you like to hike! Cathedral Rock lies at the edge of a group of isolated red buttes on the south side of Sedona, about five miles from the main line of sandstone cliffs. Sedona’s Cathedral Rock is one of majestic beauty along with a great hike for exercise! The high goes up the east side of the mountain. You might want to hike Cathedral Rock during the afternoon so you hike in the shade. If you are a avid hiker, Cathedral Rock will be for you. The hike itself is almost 1 mile and is is strenuous as it rises up 610 feet in elevation. The hike is marked well so that hikers will know where they are at and not get lost. If you are afraid of heights though, this hike probably would not be for you.
Cathedral Rock is one of many hiking trails in Sedona. Below are individuals who have traversed Cathedral Rock as a hiking adventure!
“Classic Sedona Hike”
“Hiking Cathedral Rock!! This is the classic Sedona hike. From the parking lot to the top is less than 1/2 hour. The views are amazing. It is not for those afraid of heights and it is a stiff uphill hike. It is one of my favorite hikes.”
“Hike To A Vortex!”
“A local suggested we take a back way to this hike (Cathedral Rock). Took Verde Valley School Road off of Hwy 179. Went several miles to marked parking area with barely enough places. Walked along creek and hillsides with beautiful scenery approximately 2 miles up and 2 miles back. Mild to moderate climbing but not at all strenuous. Takes you to Cathedral Rock and the opportunity to “feel the power” of the vortex and the exhilaration of the views and the day!”
“We really enjoyed the hike while we did it. We got about half way up and realized we just weren’t going to be able to go any further with our dog. They trails had nice markers (piles of rocks in wire fencing) so you couldn’t really get lost, despite the open areas.”
“My wife and I attempted to hike Cathedral Rock. It’s not too bad at first but quickly gets very steep. Most people were turning around before getting to the top. You literally have to climb up rocks to get up as there is no real trail near the top. This is not for anyone not in great shape. I saw people starting as we were leaving carrying small children. Mistake!”
I almost did not go because of all the reviews on how hard it is to get to the top, but then I figured I can always try and if I can’t, then I can always turn around and go back. And I am so glad I did try! True, it is a bit difficult to get up, and you’ve got to use both arms and legs, sometimes at the same time to get up. Some of the rocks are too smooth to get ahold of it but there are footholds and people can be helpful to pull you up. But everything is worth it! The view from the top is breathtaking!
Just a few tips: make sure you’ve got good shoes on. I only had tennis shoes but I made sure that they’ve goot good traction. Don’t be scared and just do it! You can stop anytime but please try! You will be rewarded once you finish it.”
Watch: Cathedral Rock Hike June 2016
Video Credit: Harlan Fox