Bell Rock Loop

Coconino National Forest, Arizona

Distance0.4mi
Elevation Gain225ft
Trailhead Elevation4,463ft
Top4,465ft
Elevation Min/Max4378/4465ft
Elevation Start/End4463/4464ft

Bell Rock Loop

Bell Rock Loop is a hiking trail in Coconino County and Yavapai County, Arizona. It is within Coconino National Forest and Munds Mountain Wilderness Area. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 4,463 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 225 feet. This trail connects with the following: Bell Rock Pathway and Upper Bell Rock.

Bell Rock Loop Professional Reviews and Guides

"This hike circumnavigates two of the most famous rock formations around Sedona. Going counterclockwise, it uses Courthouse Butte Loop Trail to circumnavigate that rock formation, passing in and out of the Munds Mountain Wilderness in the process. A series of short trail connections leads to Bell Rock, one of the signature rock formations of Sedona. The wide, easy Bell Rock Pathway leads back to the trailhead."

"Bell Rock is considered one of Sedona's spiritual vortex centers. Many believes the rock energizes and calms those upon its slopes. This bell shaped landmark rises 550 feet and is located at the northern edge of the Village of Oak Creek. Due to its close proximity to the highway, the Bell Rock hike is not a backcountry experience.

It is a leisurely, stairstep climb up and a round a dynamic rock sculpture, classified by geologists as a butte. Whatever elevation you climb to, the views of the surrounding rock formations are predominant. To the east of Bell Rock is Courthouse Butte, an enormous and stately red rock monolith."

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2/26/2007
Bell Rock is one of the most appealing rock formations in the Sedona area. This is a very arid area. The Bell Rock trail itself is close to the road, and highway traffic can be heard along the course of this trail. However, we did see a couple of road runners along this trail, which was exciting for me. The side trail(s) up the rock are challenging and enjoyable. Definitely worth the scramble up the rocks. The best trail that we walked in this area was the Courthouse Loop. It is a flat and pretty easy trail that leads away from the road. With the buttes cutting off the sound of the roadway, the illusion is created of getting away from civilization at bit. This trail was also much less busy than the ones in the immediate vicinity of Bell Rock. We came upon a flock of pinon jays. The sun was getting low in the sky, and the birds were beautiful in that light.
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11/6/2006
We took the Courthouse loop trail then scrambled up Bell Rock. The loop is a nice easy trail that takes you back into some quiet desert. Climbing up Bell gives you some nice views to top off you experience. Beautiful Country!
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Trail Information

Coconino National Forest
Nearby City
Munds Mountain Wilderness Area
Parks
USGS Sedona
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Nov 2018