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Sedona Hiking Trails

Explore the best hiking trails in Sedona, Arizona

Sedona is home to some of the nation’s best hiking, with countless trails to explore among the red rock landscape, mountains, and valleys. From challenging hikes that can take a few hours to quick and easy trails that are perfect for kids and dogs, there’s something for everyone here in Sedona. Some trails even allow for offroad vehicles, mountain bikes, or horseback riding, for those who are feeling a little extra adventurous.

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West Fork Trail #108 Oak Creek

Oak Creek’s western fork is one of the best hiking trails in Sedona, offering stunning views of the tall canyon walls and trees. Along this sandy trail, hikers can expect to make 13 river crossings, though the water isn’t usually high enough for these to be much of an issue. At the end of the trail, well-equipped hikers can wade upstream for another quarter mile, though this isn’t necessary for completing the hike.

About this trail:

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trail distance: 7.2 miles out and back
  • Approximate time to hike: 3.5 hours
  • Elevation gain: 820 feet
  • Dogs: Yes, on a leash!

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Fay Canyon Trail

Located in the cool canyon bottom, Fay Canyon Trail offers a good amount of shade and is a great trail for hikers of all skill levels. The trail features a waterfall and crosses an old creek bed with plenty of nature to admire. Locals tip: once you’ve made it to the end of the trail, be sure to scramble up the rocks for an incredible view of the canyon. The vistas seem to go on forever!

About this trail:

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trail distance: 2.6 miles out and back
  • Approximate time to hike: 1.5 hours
  • Elevation gain: 192 feet
  • Dogs: Yes, on a leash!

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Jim Thompson Trail

Jim Thompson Trail is the perfect choice for beginner hikers (or kids) who are looking to spend the day hiking. The trail is well marked and offers plenty of great views, but there isn’t a whole lot of shade. Make sure that you bring plenty of sunscreen and water to enjoy this semi-challenging yet very rewarding trail!

About this trail

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trail distance: 5 miles out and back
  • Approximate time to hike: 3 hours
  • Elevation gain: 541 feet
  • Dogs: Yes, on a leash!

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Cathedral Rock

No list of the best hiking trails in Sedona would be complete without the famous landmark Cathedral Rock! When new visitors first see the breathtaking rock formation, the first thing they wonder is “can I hike up that?” Not only can you, but we think that hiking up Cathedral Rock is something everyone must do when they visit Sedona!

About this trail:

  • Difficulty: Moderate, requires scrambling up rocks
  • Trail distance: 1.2 miles out and back
  • Approximate time to hike: 1-1.5 hours
  • Elevation gain: 744 feet
  • Dogs: Yes, on a leash!

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Devil’s Bridge Trail

Devil’s Bridge Trail is the largest sandstone arch in Sedona, and offers some of the most breathtaking views of Red Rock Country around. Along the trail you’ll see wildflowers native to Sedona and enjoy some shade from tall trees. Be sure to hike all the way to the top of the trail, that’s where the best view can be found!

About this trail:

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trail distance: 4.2 miles out and back
  • Approximate time to hike: 2 hours
  • Elevation gain: 564 feet
  • Dogs: Yes, on a leash!

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Courthouse Butte Loop Trail

Courthouse Butte is one of Sedona’s most iconic landmarks, and the Courthouse Butte loop trail is one of the best hikes to take in its beauty. There’s plenty of wildlife to be explored on foot, but some parts of the trail allow for horseback riding or mountain biking. This trail is mostly flat and very well marked, making this an excellent choice for most explorers!

About this trail:

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trail distance: 3.9 mile loop
  • Approximate time to hike: 2.5 hours
  • Elevation gain: 357 feet
  • Dogs: Yes, on a leash!

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Soldier Pass Trail

Soldier Pass Trail is a moderate trail in the Coconino National Forest and offers views of the red rock landscape, rivers, wild flowers, and more. Be sure to get to the trail early, as parking goes quick! We recommend arriving before 8am to be sure that you’re among the first. Also, make sure that you make the hike to the cave! It’s located just under ¾ of a mile past the Seven Sacred Pools.

About this trail

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trail distance: 4.1 miles out and back
  • Approximate time to hike: 2.5 hours
  • Elevation gain: 620 feet
  • Dogs: Yes, on a leash!

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Broken Arrow Trail

Broken Arrow Trail is a short trail that features several red rock ledges with minor incline. At the end of the route, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking 360 degree views of the mountains. Locals tip: this trail attracts many jeeps and mountain bikers, so be alert at all times if you’re hiking or running.

About this trail:

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trail distance: 3.2 miles loop
  • Approximate time to hike: 2 hours
  • Elevation gain: 413 feet
  • Dogs: Yes, on a leash!

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Bear Mountain Trail

Bear Mountain Trail is not for beginners, as several parts of the trail require you to navigate slick rock and climb down nearly vertical drops. The views at the summit are second to none, but be sure to bring layers as it can get cold and windy when you make it to the top. Locals tip: there’s not much shade on this trail, so be sure to bring sunscreen!

About this trail:

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Trail distance: 4.9 miles out and back
  • Approximate time to hike: 2 hours
  • Elevation gain: 1,975 feet
  • Dogs: Yes, on a leash!

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Wilson Mountain Trail

Named after Richard Wilson, a famous bear hunter who was killed by a grizzly in 1885, Wilson Mountain is the tallest mountain in Sedona. Wilson Mountain Trail leads hikers along sometimes steep and rocky terrain, but the views at the end are well worth it. Hikers who make it to the summit of Wilson Mountain are rewarded with incredible views of Sedona, Oak Creek, and even the peaks of San Francisco mountain.

About this trail:

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Trail distance: 11.5 miles out and back
  • Approximate time to hike: 5 hours
  • Elevation gain: 2,805 feet
  • Dogs: Yes, on a leash!

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