Iconic Cathedral Rock Hike in Sedona then Swimming at Grasshopper Point

Hello fellow hikers,

 

This morning I will be leading a hike to famous and Iconic Cathedral Rock in Sedona.

 

This is a short 0.7 mile (1.4 miles round trip) but strenuous trail which quickly rises 608 feet in elevation. The midsection of the trail has a near vertical segment which requires climbing.  The trail is well marked and many hikers can be found using the trail.  The trail traverses the east side of the mountain and thus the hike is better taken in the afternoon so one is hiking in the shade.  On the top, there is a narrow plateau with steep slopes on each side. The width is about that of a wide sidewalk and several stones are perfect for sitting. One can enjoy the view if not afraid of the heights.    The hike ends at the northern saddle (to the left), between the middle and northern spire.

 

This may be a short hike but the steepness and the climbing is what can scare people off.  Please assess your capabilities before attempting a hike like this.

cathedral rock spires

cathedral rock from red rock crossing

cathedral rock saddle points

hiking trail map: cathedral rock, sedona

 

There will be two different Meetup Locations:

 

1.  At the TrailHead itself at 7:45am, with a 8:00am Prompt Hike Start time.  From the 89A / 179 "Y" ... take 179 south 3.4 miles; turn right on Back O' Beyond Road for 0.6 miles; parking lot is on your left.  The trailhead for the hike is half a mile along the paved Back of Beyond Road, which forks westwards off AZ 179, 3.4 miles south of the US 89A junction. This road dead ends a little way further at an upscale residential development, its houses built on a gently sloping, cactus and tree-covered hillside above Oak Creek. The parking area is rather small, accommodating only 18 vehicles, and often fills up by mid morning, but extra space is available on verges and on a stony streambed which crosses a little further along the road; a usually dry drainage but one prone to flash floods.

 

OR

 

2.  Anthem Outlets:  I would say at 5:45am with a 6:00am sharp Departure.  I will be meeting at the Trailhead personally, as I am staying in Sedona the night before.  Email if you would like some tips if you would like to stay in Sedona for Saturday night.  Google Maps is saying a 1 hour and 27 minute drive from the Anthem Outlets to the Trailhead.  You may decide to leave a little earlier than that. I will find a co-organizer or volunteer to take roll call here.

 

Not sure if you can handle the hike, check it out here:  http://www.americansouthwest.net/arizona/sedona/cathedral-rock-trail.html or  http://www.wildsedona.com/trails/cathedral.htm or  http://www.sedonahikingtrails.com/cathedral-rock-trail.htm or  http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=22.  or  http://www.greatsedonahikes.com/cathedralrock/cathedralrock.html

 

 

After the hike we will be going over to the Grasshopper Point for some swimming and Cliff Jumping.  This really isn't a hike as it is easily accessed from the Grasshopper Point Parking Lot.  I will be bringing my 5 year boy to swim, however, I am not bringing him on the steep hike.  It is a 13 minute drive from the hike to the swimming area.

 

Grasshopper Point Jumping Area

 

 

 

 

Some websites to check out:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/!ut/p/c5/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gDfxMDT8MwRydLA1cj72BTJw8jAwgAykeaxcN4jhYG_h4eYX5hPgYwefy6w0H24dcPNgEHcDTQ9_PIz03VL8iNMMgycVQEAHcGOlk!/dl3/d3/L2dJQSEvU...

 

or

 

http://www.visionsofheaven.com/journeys-sedonadocs/sedGrasshopper.html

 

 

 

LUNCH IN SEDONA AFTER SWIMMING.

 

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  • Jen G

    Why do I have to start the conversation? I'm in- and it's the day before my BDay so I expect it to be awesome! (as always). Eric in with you.

    August 12, 2012

    • Eric K.

      Nice Birthday present. I will not be driving that morning Jenn, as I am staying in Sedona the night before. Otherwise, I would have a spot for you. I'm sure Neal will be bringing the party van or something like that.

      August 12, 2012

    • Luis Carlos P.

      Happy B/Day Jennifer!

      September 16, 2012

  • Luis Carlos P.

    Rock Cathedral!

    September 16, 2012

  • Eric K.

    Amazing hike. Some of us swept around the backside and summited Cathedral Rock. What an amazing day to spend with some friends. Swimming was also a lot of fun.

    September 16, 2012

  • Gloria T.

    We r almost there

    September 16, 2012

  • Eric K.

    Yes, they already left. Waiting for them in sedona.

    September 16, 2012

  • Gloria T.

    Leave yet?

    September 16, 2012

  • Laura H.

    Cool, Stace!! This is going to be a very gorgeous hike and a really fun day, looking foward to hiking with everyone tomorrow! Remember my tel is[masked]-0343....

    September 15, 2012

  • Eric K.

    Word em up doc

    1 · September 15, 2012

  • Stacy

    I'll be there with you!!

    September 15, 2012

  • Laura H.

    At Anthem Outlets....we will meet in the front that faces the I-17, in the middle near the back of the parking lot......look for my red car....and this early......I'm sure it will be the only one there! :)

    September 15, 2012

  • Eric K.

    Thank you Laura for your efforts. That is appreciated.

    September 15, 2012

  • Laura H.

    Thanks Gloria!! Here's the address to mapquest to the Anthem Outlets....look for my Red Hyundai Tiburon.....
    Outlets At Anthem
    4250 W Anthem Way
    Anthem, AZ, 85086

    September 15, 2012

  • Gloria T.

    Go Laura!! Rawh *-*

    September 15, 2012

  • Laura H.

    Tom, sorry to hear about your heel again.....hope to see and hike with you again sometime! :)

    September 15, 2012

  • Laura H.

    Hey Eric, I was going to volunteer Tom....but looks like he's out? Well, if there's no other volunteers....I can rustle everyone together!! :)

    Looking forward to hiking with everyone tomorrow....BTW.....my cell is[masked]-0343....hasta manana!! :)

    September 15, 2012

  • Eric K.

    Don't forget everyone, I am meeting at the TH in Sedona. I will not be at the Anthem Outlets in the morning. Anthem outlets at 5:45am and leaving promptly at 6:00am. Please, someone take the bull by the horns in the morning and get people organized and moved out by 6am.

    September 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    For anyone that has doubts about this hike, it's really not as bad as it sounds because of the short length. Take your time if you need it, and you'll be rewarded with an amazing view: http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=3e5d58f7-3136-4e09-bdee-0f04519c44ad . This panoramic shot doesn't do it justice.

    Most trailheads in the area have the self-pay stations, but I've been here on more than one occasion where there were no more envelopes, therefore no proof of payment, but with our early start time I'm hoping it won't be an issue. The last few times I stopped at the visitor center instead (I think they open around 8 or 9 am) and bought my pass there and picked up a map. You can also get your money's worth and use that same Red Rock pass all day to hike other nearby trails like Bell Rock and Boynton Canyon.

    See you all there tomorrow!

    September 15, 2012

  • Eric K.

    Hey everyone, Dave and Letlet gave this help on the discussion boards: Love this hike. Was there not too long ago. Yes, we can confirm, they do have a self serve kiosk at the trailhead. Been there, saw that.

    Also, be advised, if you have the America the Beautiful national parks annual pass (or any comparable national parks pass), it is accepted there, as well. This is true at most (but not all) Red Rock Pass sites.

    September 14, 2012

    • Eric K.

      Thanks Dave and Letlet.

      September 14, 2012

  • Prashant C.

    Anyone driving from Phoenix on Sunday morning?

    September 13, 2012

    • Prashant C.

      Sounds good!!! Camp Verde to Sedona... I leave between Southern and Dobson, Mesa... I will try to figure the meet up place and my contact # is [masked]

      September 13, 2012

    • Prashant C.

      Are you leaving early morning on Saturday?

      September 14, 2012

  • Eric K.

    You will need to get a $5.00 Red Rock Pass, for the Cathedral Rock Hike. This can be done online at http://www.redrockcountry.org/passes-and-permits/where-to-purchase.shtml. OR, you can pick one up as you enter Sedona at a Circle K or a Giant Station. Please remember, if you do this, give yourself extra time. I am also told they have a self serve kiosk at the TH.

    September 13, 2012

  • Eric K.

    Anthem Outlets bro.

    September 9, 2012

  • Eric K.

    Prashant, People are still meeting at Anthem, the same ole normal place we always meet at Anthem. Read the Write Up all the way through or listen to the VID Clip, it explains all of that. 5:45am meet up, with a 6:00am Sharp Departure.

    September 9, 2012

  • Prashant C.

    I need to figure out ride.. anyone setting up a meetup point in Anthem or somewhere, as Eric seems to hiking from Sedona straight away?

    September 9, 2012

  • Eric K.

    September 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Happy BDay Jenn. Looking forward to doing Sedona. Haven't been there since 06' when I moved here.

    August 12, 2012

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