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Cathedral Rock Hiking Trail


Cathedral Rock Hike | Sedona Hiking Trail

Best Sedona Hiking Trail: Take us to Church! Cathedral Rock is a short, but strenuous hike that takes hikers to holy views of the Red Rock Country & Coconino National Forest. Cathedral Rock is one of the most photographed areas of Sedona due to its impressive saddle points and towering 4,967 elevation.

The trail starts at the Cathedral Rock trailhead that emerges out of the Back O Beyond Road parking lot. The first section of the trail is very easy, but it quickly becomes more challenging as hikers have to traverse up boulders and narrow switchbacks to the reach summit. It’s recommended to use extreme caution while traversing up and down the trail as sections can be very technical. Additionally, it’s preferred to go early in the AM to find parking in the Back O Beyond Road parking lot as well as to avoid the heat.

The trail literally ends at in the middle of the saddle points, which provide an epic panoramic view of Sedona. There is a narrow ridge that continues past the trail end sign and provides a dynamic photo opportunity.

It’s highly recommended to be in excellent shape while attempting to complete this full hike. Although it’s very short, it takes excellent coordination to traverse up and down the middle section of the trail. Use caution and have fun!

Estimated Time: 1-2 hours

Total Distance: 2.5 miles (round-trip)

Map & Directions

Trail Pictures

Total Distance (miles)

Cathedral Rock stands at 4,967 feet tall.

Total Estimated Time (hours)

There are three saddles at Cathedral Rock.

Cathedral Rock Hiking Trail Photo Gallery

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When to Go

Fall/Spring: It’s ideal to explore Cathedral Rock in the Fall or Spring when the weather is milder. It’s preferred to try and avoid the crowds by accessing the trailhead early in the AM. Pay attention to the parking signs in the parking lot area as towing is enforced.

Dog Friendly

Yes, dogs on leashes are permitted on the Cathedral Rock Trail. However, your furry friend must be in excellent shape to traverse up and down the trailhead.

Cathedral Rock Hiking Trail Map


Cathedral Rock Hike Trail Directions


Cathedral Rock Trailhead Address: GPS Coordinates for Parking Lot: 34.825206, -111.788097

  • Pay attention to the parking lot signs as towing is enforced.

Why We Liked It

Carpe diem! If you’re searching for a challenging, yet short hike with epic views, this is it! Cathedral Rock provides amazing panoramic views of Red Rock country and is an inspirational place for hikers to soak up the moment and reflect on Sedona’s beauty. It’s challenging, yet worth the fun adventure! Enjoy!

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