I hike regularly so was surprised to read I should expect a 7 hour hike for 5 miles. I'm glad I scouted the trailhead the day before and got there just as the sun was rising. I'm also glad I hiked it. I finished in just over 6 hours. It is slow hiking because there were often rocks along the trail which needed to be navigated. Sometimes I needed to stop and figure out the direction. Cairns (small piles of rocks) dotted the trail. Many times I stopped to take pictures.
You cannot see the top from the trailhead. It kinda keeps winding around and sometimes seems like you are mountain hopping. It's definitely a challenging hike and definitely worth the effort.
Tip: Someone suggested I go to the Hike House http://thehikehouse.com/ to get hiking ideas. I was glad I did. the owner was much more helpful than any of the visitor centers where I stopped. I bought the Sedona Trails Map and he marked up 3 hikes for me (I had already done Bear Mountain when I found him). Each of the trails was spot on for my skill level.
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