HIKE – Baldwin Loop to Cathedral Rock (SEDONA)

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

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=14361522 s

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

HIKE SUMMARY:

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.

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  • Annie M.

    Wonderful!!

    April 30, 2013

  • Cathy

    I had a great time! I really enjoyed that marvelous creek! What a wonderful place to get some exercise with some wonderful people!

    April 29, 2013

  • Tyger G.

    Not THE most beautiful hike in Sedona, but another beautiful day, on beautiful trail, and a great day with great friends. I had lots of fun, as usual.

    April 28, 2013

  • Ryan

    Where do I buy the parking pass? 9:45 sounds late enough so I can make it up there in time

    April 26, 2013

    • Ryan

      Google maps says it is 130 minutes from Tempe to the trail so I was thinking of leaving home @ 715 even though that would be a long day of travel to drive both ways

      April 26, 2013

    • Ryan

      I am in Sedona now so I will see you @ the trail

      April 27, 2013

  • Amanda C.

    My weekend has gone completely cattywhompas, and I'm much more of a maybe now. I'll try but don't count on me.

    April 27, 2013

    • Tyger G.

      One of my exes (with whom I still speak) named one of her cats Kitty Wumpus. I've spent many weekends in that situation, myself. I hope we get to see you so your Sunday isn't a total catasstrophy™.

      1 · April 27, 2013

    • Amanda C.

      I need to be back in town early to get Patrick, and my car needs some work before I go that far. There's a hike here I'll join at 7 am.

      April 27, 2013

  • Bill

    Oh ye of little faith Tyger, they are invisible, What you saw was Big Al in a porn movie with Marilynn Chambers.

    April 27, 2013

    • Tyger G.

      You may be right. It might even have been OUR Big Al.

      April 27, 2013

  • Bill

    Did you know they live in an invisible tea kettle that circles the sun and also one on kolob? They're not dangerous until they become one eared, one eyed purple people eaters. Of course no evidence of them exists accept Scripture written by people that have seen and talked to them, of course they can be refuted with no evidence they exist which is ignored---it only requires faith that they do exist from reliable subjective experiences from those that already believe in them from childhood stories they heard from adults. He! He

    April 27, 2013

  • Bill

    Tyger, you don't know who? The one horned invisible pink unicorn---He always rests on Sundays.

    April 26, 2013

    • Tyger G.

      The one-horned pink unicorns I am aware of are everywhere, they aren't invisible, and they're hunting for other horny creatures every day of the week.

      April 27, 2013

  • MAILE

    Will be in San Diego for art show

    April 23, 2013

    • Tyger G.

      Good luck on the sales of your paintings there!

      April 26, 2013

  • Cathy

    Looking forward to this hike. I love Sedona!

    April 26, 2013

  • Bill

    My wife and I are moving tons of gravel in our drive and won't be up to the task of hiking even though the first part seems easy enough. We will need a day of rest by then like you know who.

    April 23, 2013

    • Al T.

      you will miss a very pretty walk

      April 23, 2013

    • Tyger G.

      No, who, Bill?

      April 26, 2013

  • Will C.

    Anybody leaving from Tempe or thereabouts?

    April 25, 2013

  • Scott R.

    Who needs a ride? I still have room in my van.

    April 24, 2013

    • Amanda C.

      I need to be back in town to pick up Patrick, so I'll see if Dan will drive.

      April 24, 2013

  • Karen

    Can you buy the Red Rock Pass in the parking lot or do you need to buy it in town?

    April 24, 2013

    • Amanda C.

      There's a machine at the trail. It's $5 for the day. $20 for the year, but I'm not sure that's available from the machine.

      April 24, 2013

    • Karen

      Thanks Amanda!

      April 24, 2013

  • Troy G.

    Lisa and I plan to carpool up with Scott.

    1 · April 23, 2013

  • Jim

    Posted to the Prescott Freethinker's meetup website:

    http://www.meetup.com/Prescott-Freethinkers/events/115815852/

    April 23, 2013

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