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Hiking Devil's Bridge in Sedona

Hello friends come and enjoy a hike with in Sedona...

(Please make sure you bring lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of water) 

Devil's Bridge is the largest natural sandstone arch in the Sedona area; don't let its name fool you: It's one of the most heavenly sights in an area famous for them.

From a trailhead elevation of 4,600 feet, there's a mere 400 foot climb in altitude during this moderately difficult, 1.8-mile roundtrip trek; the journey to reach the top won't leave you breathless -- but we would never say the same about the views you'll witness when you finally get there.

This popular hike has attractions for both casual hikers who lack the desire or the stamina to stray too far from civilization, and the more adventurous outdoors enthusiasts. Starting at the parking area, follow the trailmarker that points the way to Devil's Bridge Trail. You'll find the early going effortless; the trail, originally built for jeep travel, is smooth and clear and leads you through washes filled with juniper and prickly pear cactus.

The path slowly inclines uphill, gently growing more steep as you progress. There's some beautiful scenery to absorb as you proceed upward, but you've still got a ways to go before you get to see Devil's Bridge itself.

After you've walked about three-quarters of a mile from the parking area, the trail will divide. Head down the path to the left and you'll end up at the base of the bridge. For a cool view, stand directly under the 50 foot high arch and look toward the heavens -- and take care not to strain your neck.

But it's the topside trail that provides the biggest treat. Follow it up a steep, natural rock staircase to a wide open area that offers some fantastic views. Keep going, and you'll reach yet another level that leads directly to Devil's Bridge.

If you have the nerve, you can walk across the top; once you're on it you'll find it's not such a tough walk. But use caution and exercise some common sense; it's a long way down.

Rating: Moderate

Hiking time: 1.5 hours round-trip

(Please make sure you bring lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of water ) 

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  • Tammi

    Nice meeting everyone! Enjoyed lunch too!

    June 28, 2014

  • Anson

    Kal and I are waiting at the parking lot

    June 28, 2014

    • Tammi

      We made it. Sorry for calling u Anthony you should have corrected me!

      June 28, 2014

  • Roxy

    YES!!! Tammi, sorry I forgot to post your name! People have been cancelling and changing so please, yes, come and bring those cookies! See you at 8:30!

    June 28, 2014

  • Roxy

    Yes Tatyana you can ride with me, Leon and Ji. Same place, same time. Thanks for the heads up everyone. It probably won't hit 97 until we are long gone Galina!

    June 27, 2014

    • Ji

      Roxy, I'm going to have to cancel. I'm feeling a little run down so better to stay home and rest I think. Sorry for the late notice.

      June 27, 2014

    • Tammi

      I'm making cookies for the trip, hope I'm still in!

      June 28, 2014

  • kal

    Hi all if any1 would like to text me or call me my cell phone number is[masked] see you all tomorrow at parking lot ;-)

    June 27, 2014

  • Roxy

    Update: I have Galina, Ji, Leon, Tammi, and David. Please don't be late! C u all at Wendy's I 17 and Thunderbird (east of the 17, north side of road. I have a burgundy Pilot.

    June 27, 2014

    • Galina

      Roxy, i am very sorry for canceling, but afraid its a bit hot for me , according to my smart phone, 97 in Sedona tomorrow.

      June 27, 2014

    • Tatyana👟👟🏃🏻

      Roxy, since Galina and David dropped out can I have a spot? Thank you

      1 · June 27, 2014

  • Roxy

    I have Galina, Ji, and Leon so far in my carpoolso meeting at 8:30 sharp I-17 and T-Bird in Wendy's parking lot. I need to be back in valley by 3 pm. I have room for 3 more...1 in middle back and two in third row seat. Let me know.

    June 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Roxy, by my count you have one spot left in your Pilot, and if so I would love to grab it. I can be at your Thunderbird Wendy's at 8:30 and will have gas money of course! Thank you!

      June 27, 2014

    • Tatyana👟👟🏃🏻

      Hi, Roxy! Since Galina and David dropped out can I have a spot?

      1 · June 27, 2014

  • Carolyn

    Meeting at the outer parking lot (where the pavement ends), not the trailhead. 10AM?

    June 27, 2014

  • Anson

    I have an extra sport (or three if you want to cram into the back of a coupe) available, I'm leaving from South Scottsdale...

    June 27, 2014

  • Cindy

    Is there still room for a carpool person meeting at the Carefree location?

    June 27, 2014

  • Roxy

    I can carpool, take up to 6 oassengers, and meet at Kal's location on Carefree Hwy or more south near Thunderbird and I 17 at Wendy's at 8:30 sharp. Gas $$ appreciated. I can't hang too long in Sedona too long afterwards. Need to be back by 3pm or so.

    June 24, 2014

    • Galina

      I could be at T-bird and I-17 also at 8.30! is there still a spot?

      1 · June 25, 2014

    • Ji

      Roxy, is there room for me in your carpool? I can meet at i17 and thunderbird at Wendy's. Please let me know. Thanks!

      1 · June 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Roxy, I'll be glad to join carpool. Just let me know which location (Carefree Hwy or T-Bird) and exact meeting time. Thanks

    June 25, 2014

  • Galina

    Roxy , are you going to be at carpool by McDonalds at 9 ? Is it enough time to be at the trail by 10 am ? I am looking for a spot in a carpool

    June 25, 2014

  • kal

    We will be meeting at 9:00 AM at this location: 3140 W Carefree Highway, Phoenix, Az (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=3140+w+carefree+hwy&bav=on.2,or.&biw=768&bih=928&bvm=pv.xjs.s.en_US.aYK8E0Vbenc.O&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&ei=vhKqU7iRLdGzyASq_4HgAQ&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ). However, I will not be there and I will meet you at the trailhead in Sedona.

    1 · June 24, 2014

    • Tran L.

      Thanks Kal. Not sure how far from there to Sedona but I'll be there around 8:30 if anyone else wants to car pool. I'll chip in for gas. :)

      1 · June 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just got confirmation and wondering if there any carpool spot would be available. Thks

    June 23, 2014

  • kal

    I'm waiting to see exactly number of people who would like to go and how many people would like to carpool and fix a carpool spot if you are on the waiting list don't worry I will probably change it by Wednesday.

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • Beata

    I would love to join but I am hiking Humphrey's Peak that day...

    June 22, 2014

  • Roxy

    Why is there a waitlist when it is a hike? I didn't reserve until I knew where we were meeting at 10 am. I can carpool and take up to 6 but the back seats are not as comfy as the front. I have a Honda Pilot. I can take four comfortable. If 5 of you who are on waitlist want to carpool and go a little later, we can have our own small group follow....message me!

    June 22, 2014

  • Roxy

    Are we leaving Phoenix at 10 or meeting in Sedona at 10? I am willing to carpool if we can meet somewhere along I-17 in North Phoenix.

    June 19, 2014

    • Tammi

      I'm on the wait list but willing to cartoon with you. I live off Peoria & I17.

      June 21, 2014

  • kal

    We can find a place on I 17 to meet when we find out how many people like to carpool.

    June 20, 2014

  • kal

    We are meeting in Sedona at 10AM

    June 19, 2014

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