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Culture to Cockscomb Overlook Out-and-Back

Intermediate/Difficult

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8.6 mile 13.8 kilometer out and back
94% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 967' 295 m
Descent: -966' -295 m
High: 4,858' 1,481 m
Low: 4,230' 1,289 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)

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From Cultural Park Drive up to Cockscomb Overlook.

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Overview

This is a nice but challenging, out-and-back run that is easily accessible from the Sedona Summit Resort Area or the parking area along Cultural Park Place.

Need to Know

This area can get pretty hot during the day. Bring plenty of water and make sure you have sun protection.

Description

This is a nice run for those who don't want to head point-to-point and arrange for a car pickup. It combines Girdner Trail, Western Civilization, and Cockscomb Trail to get you from the West Side up to the overlook.

From the parking area, take Girdner Trail, which is fairly easy. At the junction with Western Civilization stay left leaving Girdner Trail behind (on some maps this section is called Last Frontier), and cross the creek. Watch for steep sections as they can be a little loose in places.

Stay on this trail another 0.5 mile; look for the split for Western Civilization to the right heading up toward Cockscomb Trail. Last Frontier goes left and heads south back toward town. About 3.75 miles in you'll reach Cockscomb Trail; bear left at the junction. Shortly after you'll turn left again heading for the overlook, where you'll be rewarded with good views and the opportunity to take in your entire ascent.

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Cockscomb is a must-see in the Sedona area.
Apr 27, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
The Cockscomb Trail offers beautiful views from the climb.
Apr 27, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
View of the destination from about 2 and 1/2 miles in.
Mar 26, 2018 near West Se…, AZ
Cockscomb
Nov 13, 2019 near West Se…, AZ
Nearing the top of the Cockscomb, the trail is steep and rife with cacti.
Apr 27, 2017 near West Se…, AZ

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