Hiking The Cathedral Rock / Templeton Trail
The 10th most popular hiking trail in Arizona.
Tuesday 12 July 2016 03:28 GMT
South of Sedona, the scenic and often photographed Cathedral Rock area has several hiking options.
To reach the main trailhead parking area from Sedona, head south on SR179 to Back O Beyond Road. Turn left heading west to the bottom of the hill to the parking area on the left.
The Cathedral Rock trail starts from this parking area and climbs steeply up the eastside to a vantage point up on Cathedral Rock (about 0.75 miles total). About halfway up, the trail intersects with the Templeton Trail.
The Templeton Trail can be followed northwest looping around the back of Cathedral Rock. After about 0.5 miles, it descends through switchbacks down to Oak Creek. After another 0.5 miles, it intersects the Baldwin Trail which heads south up a canyon between the back (west side) of Cathedral Rock and another smaller red rock formation (Stovepipe?). The Balwin Trail ends after 1.6 miles at Verde School Road.
The Templeton trail can also be followed south for roughly 2.5 miles to the Bell Rock Pathway with great vistas of Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock across a chaparrell valley. A loop can be formed by then heading north on the Bell Rock Pathway to the end, and then continuing along the road for 0.25 miles to Back O Beyond Road.
Overall, Cathedral Rock / Templeton Trail is the 10th most popular hiking trail of all 49 hikes in Arizona. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Cathedral Rock / Templeton Trail including Huckaby Trail, West Clear Creek Trail, West Fork Trail, Hot Loop Trail, Jim Thompson Trail and Wilson Mountain TrailNorth Wilson Trail.