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Cathedral Rock Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

0.5 mile 0.9 kilometer point to point
48% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 646' 197 m
Descent: -5' -2 m
High: 4,691' 1,430 m
Low: 4,045' 1,233 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 23% (13°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)

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Trail shared by Alexander Vengerovsky

A short, but heart-rate raising scramble to a viewpoint in the middle of Cathedral Rock.

Alexander Vengerovsky

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Description

This trail is fairly straightforward to find - just follow the cairns weaving up the path towards the Cathedral prominence and try not to get side-tracked by the Templeton Trail crossing after scrambling out of the river bed.

Expect mostly exposed rock faces at the start, leading to a few threads of shady dirt trail sections towards the top. There are some sections that are YDS 2, requiring a scramble up loose rocks. There is one boulder at the mid-point which is YDS 3 being particularly steep and exposed but fairly easy to get up if you have good shoes/feet and use your hands.

At the top, enjoy one heck of a view and follow a couple of short side trails for additional treats.

This is a desert trail! Mind the sun and bring enough water

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Views of Sedona
Jan 1, 2019 near West Se…, AZ
View!
Jan 1, 2019 near West Se…, AZ
Crest the climb to Cathedral Rock to bask in this phenomenal view. Bring a snack to enjoy, because you won't want to leave!
Feb 17, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
On the edge at the top...
Jan 1, 2019 near West Se…, AZ
6 year old mid way up.
Jan 1, 2019 near West Se…, AZ
Cathedral Rock, Arizona can only be done justice by seeing it in person.
Feb 24, 2017 near West Se…, AZ

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