Cathedral Rock Sedona Day Hike
Taking a full day to hike in, and learn about, the Red Rock wonderland of Sedona is something you'll never forget!
The Cathedral Rock is our most popular Sedona day hike and justifiably so! This hike is for guests who want to experience all Sedona offers in one day: panoramas, spires, cliffs, buttes, shaded creeks, amazing photo opportunities and a lot more! We’ll pass under towering rock formations and travel over vast areas of exposed rock as we hike around the west side of Cathedral Rock and down to the
clear, spring-fed waters of Oak Creek. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch at a scenic spot with sweeping views of the surrounding rock formations. Please Note: Guide companies are not permitted by Coconino National Forest to ascend Cathedral Rock due to peregrine falcon breeding protections. Instead, this hike traverses the base of Cathedral Rock's beautiful rock formations but does not ascend to the top.
Distance: 7.4mi / 11.9km
Difficulty: Level 1 (maintained trails with a day hike with no more than 600 feet elevation gain) Duration: 4-6 hours Elevation Gain/Loss: 600 feet Quality of Trails: Moderately maintained Physical Requirements: Regular exercise and strong health
SOLITUDE We rate this Sedona hike a Solitude 1 - you can expect to be around other hikers during sections of the hike with some solitude as well. We will also likely pass some mountain bikers
- A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, friendly Sedona guide.
- A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you'd like, and as is possible in a day
- Transportation from your hotel to the trailhead and back
- Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
- Use of a top of the line, technical daypack
- Use of trekking poles
WHERE DO WE MEET We'll pick you up at a specified time and location in Sedona (normally your hotel). Your guide will contact you before your hike to coordinate the exact time and location of your rendezvous.
March through April: 8 AM
May-August: 5 AM
September - October: 8 AM
November through February: 9 AM PACKING LIST
Required Items: - Lightweight hiking shoes or hiking boots - Waterproof rain jacket or poncho - Warm wool or fleece top - Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter) - Water bottles or bladder (3 liters total capacity) - Sunhat
- A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade
-Sunglasses - Knee braces (if needed)
- Gratuity for your guide