This hike provides spectacular views of Cathedral Rock, other red rock icons and surrounding areas.
Walk along the flood banks of Oak Creek to the base of Cathedral Rock and return to complete a loop around a lesser red rock butte. A climb up Cathedral Rock is a short but very steep optional side trip
We will begin at the Baldwin Loop Trail head and walk a mile along Oak Creek below tall Sycamore and Cottonwood trees among a variety of birds, ducks, fish, etc.
Then we will climb an easy ½ mile trail around to the face of Cathedral Rock.
From there it is about 0.3 mile to the saddles of Cathedral rock.
Not everyone will attempt the difficult final climb up Cathedral Rock.
There is opportunity for a little more walking on level trail around the base of the rock, however we will return the way we came.
But, about two thirds the way back we will take the 1.7 mile Baldwin loop back around Baldwin Rock to the trail head.
Following the trail description I have given, the hike would be about 4 miles round trip with less than 200 ft. elevation change without a trip up the rock.
Including climbing the rock, it would be about 5.3 miles roundtrip with elevation gain of 800 ft. roundtrip.
This hike can be suitable for anyone:
a) 2 miles or less out and back in the shade along the creek on level ground.
b) 3 mile out and back to the face of Cathedral Rock with about 200 ft. elevation gain.
c) Add 1.2 miles of relatively level hiking to the end of one of the above routes to go around Baldwin Rock.
d) Optionally climb up Cathedral Rock.
Here are photos from our previous hikes here: 2/26/13 http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=13393372
slide show: http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/13393372/ 4/13/13
lide show: http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/14361522/
Although our route will not follow any of the following exactly there is information you may find useful:
Here is a photo tour of the Baldwin Trail http://www.takemytrip.com/08arizona/08n_07a.htm
Here are photos of a trip up Cathedral Rock http://www.takemytrip.com/07sedona/07_07a.htm
This site shows a map of the Baldwin Loop http://redrockriding.com/baldwin-trail
Here is more detailed information regarding the climbing of Cathedral Rock http://www.sedonahikingtrails.com/cathedral-rock-trail.htm
here’s a movie of a trip up cathedral rock http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XMguPugowk
Here’s an alternative related route for the courageous http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/1359557
Distance: Baldwin Loop is 2.2 miles roundtrip ...........
Out & back to base of Cathedral Rock is 2 more miles roundtrip ......… climb to saddles is another 0.7 miles total up & down.
Time: 3-4 hrs.
Difficulty: loop and to Rock … easy-moderate
Difficulty: climb to Cathedral Rock saddle … difficult
Trail: generally smooth, sometimes sandy, packed crushed rocky granules and pebbles, or smooth slabs T
Trailhead Elevation: 4020 ft
Elevation gain: less than 200 ft. unless hiking up cathedral rock. Elevation gain: about 800 ft. if hiking up to cathedral rock saddles. Parking: large gravel lot … with rest room
Tailhead GPS: 34° 49’ 18” N, 111° 48’ 29” W
Entry fees: red rock pass or “America the Beautiful” pass required Dogs: OK on leash
REMINDERS: Always carry and drink plenty of water!
Sunscreen and insect repellent is advised.
Supportive footwear is also advisable.
Water shoes may be useful for creek side activities.
SAFETY FIRST… we have no medical provisions. Hike at your own risk.
TO GET THERE: To reach the trailhead for the Baldwin Trail, take Route 179 from I-17 (exit 298) about 7 miles to the second roundabout in central Village of Oak Creek. There, take Verde Valley School Road west about 5 miles … just before the dead end, the trailhead parking lot is on the left.
MESSAGE FOR CARPOOLERS: Carpooling can save gas but also enhance the social experience. If you’d like to carpool, you must contact others for arrangements. You could email members or post comments on this announcement page.
Google says the trail head is 1 hours 35 minutes from the I-17 & 101
Google says the trail head is 1 hours 55 minutes from the I-10 & 51 Google says the trail head is 2 hours 5 minutes from the 60 & 101
Following the hike: We will reconvene for rehydration locally.