Cathedral Rock - Back O' Beyond Trail

Sedona, Arizona

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The Back O' Beyond Trail approaches Cathedral Rock, a Sedona landmark, from the north. The trail first arrives at Courthouse Butte Vista, a large, flat slab of slickrock. From Courthouse Butte Vista, various formations loom in the distance, including Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte to the southeast. It is also a beautiful spot for viewing the details of Cathedral Rock. The trail then climbs to the Cathedral Rock saddle, an area that separates the two main portions of this formation. From the saddle are close-up views of the imposing 1,000-foot Cathedral rock Spires. To reach the saddle requires hiking experience and is not recommended unless you are a competent hiker.
Day Hikes in Sedona, Arizona

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Day Hikes in Sedona, Arizona

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

The Back O' Beyond Trail approaches Cathedral Rock, a Sedona landmark, from the north. The trail first arrives at Courthouse Butte Vista, a large, flat slab of slickrock. From Courthouse Butte Vista, various formations loom in the distance, including Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte to the southeast.

It is also a beautiful spot for viewing the details of Cathedral Rock. The trail then climbs to the Cathedral Rock saddle, an area that separates the two main portions of this formation. From the saddle are close-up views of the imposing 1,000-foot Cathedral rock Spires. To reach the saddle requires hiking experience and is not recommended unless you are a competent hiker.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sedona
Distance: 3.2
Elevation Gain: 625 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Sedona
Driving Directions: Directions to Cathedral Rock - Back O' Beyond Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/23/2011
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Easy at the bottom, but more difficult at toward the top. We brought our dog and she loved it, but don't bring a dog if you plan to go to the top. The steep flat rocks make it difficult for a dog to climb it.


6/20/2010
0

This was my first Sedona hike and it was awesome but a little harder than I expected. I would rate the trail a moderate difficulty level because there are steep areas where you have to climb a bit, if you choose to hike to the saddle. Well worth the effort though and I actually thought that the steeper section was more thrilling than scary or dangerous. Wear good hiking shoes though.


3/13/2010
0

Great view from the top, a little more difficult at certain points than I thought.


4/12/2008
1

This was a great short hike. At the top you get spectacular views looking out and the towering rocks are impressive. I agree with other posters that it is harder than easy. Just make sure you wear good shoes and be prepared to use your hands and feet to get you up (and especially down) some of the steeper areas.


11/22/2007
1

Very nice views at the top of this hike. I would also agree that this is a rather technical hike. Going up is the easy part but coming back down can be a bit of a scramble. It should be rated harder than "easy" that's for sure. Also whoever clocked the mileage on this hike should check again. It's 0.7 miles to the top of the trail (according to the trailhead sign) with the option of also doing the Templeton Trail that crosses paths with Cathedral near the bottom. There's absolutely no way that this trail is over 3 miles round trip even though I didn't officially clock it. All in all a very nice hike with many options, but the description provided by this website is very misleading at best.



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