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