Cathedral Rock
Cathedral Rock
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Towering red rock formation, part of the Cathedral Rock Trail.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • goldengator42849
    Fernandina Beach, Florida33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Climb to Cathedral Rock
    My son took us here, and it looked quite daunting to see the figures going up the side of the mountain. We took it slow, and being afraid of heights I was very careful to stay focused. I’m 74 but with his coaxing I made it to the top between the towering wall on one side and the rocks on the left. We were just after official sunset, however the afterglow in the clouds was beautiful. A storm was coming (it’s July “monsoon “ season) so we left with the rest of the sunsetters. It was actually easier for me going down although I stayed focused on the trail and path in front, frequently sliding down on my butt. I made it, and did get a sense of accomplishment as well as beautiful views.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2023
  • TS
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular
    Loved it! Definitely a bit of a cross between rock climbing and hiking... I'm amazed at how young some of the kids we saw on the path were (especially at the end of the trail). The trail is well marked and the sights are stunning. Well worth the trip and effort involved! I almost gave up when reaching the crevice that you have to go straight up but after seeing one gentleman with a cane, 2 with sandals, and speaking with a gal that assured me it looked worse than it was - I gave it a shot (she was right!). Closer to the top you get to stairs which I was very thankful for! While going up took effort and mental fortitude, going down took a lot of focus and, for me, a bit of a crab walk/slow scootch down. Others were vastly quicker up and down - it's just not something I'm very used to doing. Overall took us about an hour maybe 1.5 up and down shockingly.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Trish
    Delaware, Ohio5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome hike!
    We started at the Baldwin trailhead and did Cathedral Rock from there. It’s was a major challenge in the 95 degree heat and totally worth it! A stop at the creek for a swim on the way back made it a perfect day.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 19, 2023
  • DocMary1
    Indianapolis, Indiana192 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Majestic peace!
    Sedona is best enjoyed in a quiet meditative state. Watching the sunrise or sunset, hiking the trails near cathedral rock or just soaking in the sun/nature/quiet. You don’t need to climb. Just get near and let the majesty and good energy wash over you.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 1, 2023
  • LightPacker777200
    42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    incredible site
    Just spectacular views, it must be seen, pictures dont do it justice. So you can drive by and take pics, drive to the location get out and take pics, or hike the trail and get up close and personal. If your hiking, be prepared! this is not a casual hike, and has many very steep areas. I would avoid hiking later in the day, you will want every bit of light for this challenging hike. That said... Dont miss this location. It's worth the time, even to just walk around and take in the views
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 10, 2023
  • Maddie M
    Chicago, Illinois26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Face your fears for the view!
    My family and I (50s and 20s) hiked this on our trip to Sedona and it was totally worth it! The hike itself is a bit challenging. We are not very experienced as we are from Chicago, but those who are locals here admit is it a more challenging hike. It is only about 2 ish miles and does not take long however you are pulling yourself up on rocks and having to scoot down. There were some that brought new borns, kids, and dogs which I would not recommend. There is a vortex further past the top which we did not go to however would recommend going or going to some others that are less challenging like Airport Mesa Vortex! One thing is the parking is very limited and cars are just waiting in a line for people to leave. We however parked at Little Horse Trail and it was less than a mile away. We walked down a little trail to the roundabout and walked down the road that lead us to the parking lot where cars were still waiting. We hiked Cathedral and then went to the Eazy Breezy Trail which took us on a few other short trails right back to our car at Little Horse! This entire hike from the parking lot to top of Cathedral and back to our car took about 3ish hours. I would definitely purchase the red rock pass that is $15 dollars for 7 days and allows parking at any of the sights.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 13, 2023
  • KevfromKY
    Lexington, Kentucky32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extremely Challenging - Please Read
    This trail is HARD and a little scary! Your experience will fall into one of these buckets: - Inexperienced hiker/climber with fear of falling or slipping on rocks: you will most likely stop 1/3 of the way up. But that’s ok, about 50% of the people ended up stopping. - Inexperienced hiker/climber that can handle fear: you will get scared during the difficult middle section and question yourself, but you will continue and reach the top. You will again be challenged, but you will make it done. You will be proud of yourself! - Experienced hiker/climber: you will enjoy it and so just fine.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 27, 2023
  • Jai S
    50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Steep but stunning
    Our family had a fun hike at Cathedral Rock. Some spots on our hike were really steep, and some were moderate. It took us 50 minutes to go up and 35 minutes to come back. We were also walking pretty slow though. The way down was much easier than the way up. At the top we saw an awesome view of the mountains. There was one section of the trail that was narrow, like a crevice, but tucked between rocks so you couldn’t fall. We started the hike at 5:15and ended at 6:40. Even though the sunset was at 6:15 we still had enough daylight to finish our hike. We had an amazing experience at Cathedral Rock hike.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 18, 2024
  • Mreareus
    Phoenix, Arizona52 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good hike but takes longer than alltrails app suggests
    From Yavapai vista parking ( parking permit required) take hermits trail a short way to templeton that will take you to amazing views. Many suggest doing the loop back, EasyBreezy but its an intermediate not easy and mostly through forest. In retrospect i would take templeton back and get the views that way. Take plenty of water even with air temperature of only 60, the direct sun gets you feeling much hotter. I’m slow due to knees, took me 4 hours
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 10, 2024
  • Bryan W
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Made it to the top!!
    Had to ride the free shuttle to the trail head. The park and ride lot was packed and had to wait to park till a shuttle came back. The hike was great, views awsome. Wear good hiking boot!! It is a difficult scramble but worth it. Just a heads up they are doing construction on the trails Wed - Sat now through sometime in April 2024. Can't go to the top wed - sat. Can go to the top on Sun - Tue only.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 15, 2024
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Melissa U
Big Bear Lake, CA16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Visited last week of October 2020.

Parking available at the start of trail. $5 for the day.
Arrive before 8a as lot gets full.
Hiking shoes with good grip highly recommended if you plan to hike up the rock.

The hike is an easy nature walk from the parking lot to the base of the rock. Then it’s a steep incline where you’re looking for grip on the face of the rock to pull yourself up at some points.

It’s challenging for someone who doesn’t hike often, but not perhaps not so much for experienced hikers. There were 5 year olds doing it, so...

Coming down is a bit scarier. I was on my butt in some places due to steep decline carefully sliding down instead of stepping.

There are white arrows in the sides of rocks to show you the way.

I recommend water IN backpacks instead of side pockets as our kept falling out the sides. Dress in layers. It was in the high 40s when we arrived. Mid 70s by the time we left.

Picturesque the whole way through. Sweeping vistas at the top.

Written October 31, 2020
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Travelers Voice
Conroe, TX2,327 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
Red Rock State Park has a very nice view of Cathedral Rock from along the Javelina trail. The trail is accessible from the visitor center. Access to the park is $7 per person, 8-5pm.
Written September 20, 2020
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Mike X
Chicago, IL3,624 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
TIPS: Arrived at 7am on Sunday and both lots were full already with 3 cars already waiting in line. Forget that noise and just drive to Yavapai trail point parking lot early (before 8am). It's a MUCH longer walk to get to Cathedral Rock trail but the views of the rock formations along the way are the BEST. Yavapai trail links up to Templeton trail (via smaller trails) which links up to the cathedral rock trail.

As for the climb, yes it's a bit challenging. That being said, my wife is a big chicken and she still made it all the way to the top. We saw the elderly, young children and various out of shape people beast mode up that one infamous section so you can do it too. It's more a test of your mind than it is of your body. You can boost your confidence with getting rock climbing shoes and making sure you have both hands free during the climb to brace yourself and crawl.

Once at the top (trail end), go to the right and strangers take turns taking each other's pictures out on the ledge. Then go to the left of the sign and climb up even further to get an even better view.
Written March 21, 2021
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hittheroad_matt
Montreal, Canada72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
So for starters you need a Red Rock pass to park in the lot which only cost 5$ and there's a machine which is easy to use in order to get it on the lot. Then it's a somewhat easy hike to start but it gets quite tough mid way with steep steps and it doesn't help that the rocks are very slippery (not wet just no grip) but the hike isn't impossible. It's only tough on 2-3 occasions for a very short period of time but once you get to the top... wow. The views are insane on both sides! really worth the trek. We were told to go for sunset and that's exactly what we did. Results were epic!
Written January 23, 2020
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Anthony T
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
This is a must do hike when in Sedona. The approach to the base is easy to moderate difficulty.Ensure you have proper close toed foot wear, this is t flip flop terrain. It becomes steeper after the first plateau the views are good and this may be where some choose to end their hike.
Shortly beyond here you work your way up some large slickrock steps to where a “staircase” leads you up a chute to a small plateau. Beyond that it becomes a scramble up a small chasm. Hands, feet and balance required to go up and down the route. There were families with young children up at that point, but be prepared to assist at points up and down.
More of the same great views and varying terrain heading up from there.
Interesting point: the hiking app that I use rated the trail Green (easy) to the first plateau but was unrated beyond that point. Great trail... know what to expect.
Written February 29, 2020
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David J
Scottsdale, AZ530 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
Parking is a total pain, some folks walking nearly a mile to get to the trailhead, we got lucky. But the place was a total zoo, we should have got there earlier but people wearing flop flops, so many groups all taking pictures blocking trail. We didn't go to the top but turned right along some wonderful trails dropping down into the valley along river, now that was fun
Written November 14, 2020
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Tyler
Norwalk, CT44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Cathedral rock to the top this morning (3/1/20)! Got to the lot at 7am, a few spots still left. Put my 2.5 year old, well behaved dude, into my osprey poco AG premium pack and took off with my 19 week preggo wife. We are a little seasoned with hiking but mostly just prepared, in decent shape and love being outside. We are smaller people, 5’5”-5’7” and 125-155lbs, my toddler is 35lbs. We have more athletic builds and have researched all our hikes in Sedona and have appropriate gear. I was initially doubting I’d be able to get up to the top according to reviews, I do agree it’s best to be cautious when advising someone without know their actual abilities/preparedness. However, we all managed to get up there. There are some steeper sections that require you to have common sense but nothing near a rope or any super special gear. Up top we took turns going out on the ledge to the right, of looking at the ‘end of trail’ sign, leaving the little guy on safer ground. We enjoyed a snack and spent maybe 35 min just hanging out, only maybe 6 people up there. We then decided to go check the spire to the left, up top, after a minor steep section. The reward was easily worth the effort. After the spire, we decided to head back down, at which point there was a line forming for photos on the ledge. The way down seemed like a breeze, compared to the hike up. Got to the car 940, with plenty of stops here and there. I don’t recommend this for everyone and if you feel like you shouldn’t do it, don’t. There’s already plenty of folks in jeans and sneakers putting themselves and others at risk. Based on our personal abilities/experience/preparedness we all completed this hike and are thankful that we did it. An amazing way to spend your early morning watching the sun come up.
Written March 1, 2020
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washington_wahine
Seattle, WA3,313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
a fun, scenic hike. Don't let the crack stop you - if this senior citizen can do it, so can you! views from the top are rewarding. Go super early in the morning - we went just before dawn - and you will not only get parking but will also skip the (unmasked) crowds.
Written September 29, 2020
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Badcop
Cleveland, OH244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Sunset from the very top of the Cathedral Rock hike is one of the best I've ever witnessed! Try to get to the trailhead at least one hour before sunset. We did, but it took us a while to park since there was no room in the small lot and you then have to park at least 1/2 mile away. Make sure you bring a flashlight or headlamp!!! In order to see the best views, you should go all the way to the top. We stayed until the very end of sunset, after the sky had changed all kinds of beautiful colors. The problem with that is that it was quite dark on the way down and it's dicey at spots. Also, make sure you have good hiking boots as it can be pretty slippery on the way down. But it's all worth it!
Written February 22, 2020
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Dilla
Charleston, SC532 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
This is listed as a moderate hike but I would scale it a bit harder than that. Wear good hiking shoes/boots and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty/scuffed up. It is steep so if you have knee issues, you may want to wrap/brace/tape up. The views going all the way to the top are stunning. We went at 11am on a Wednesday and had to wait 30-40 minutes for a parking space to open up. It is $5 to park. There is one bathroom at the parking lot. It is very busy.
Written October 21, 2021
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