Soldier Pass

Coconino National Forest, Arizona

Distance3.2mi
Elevation Gain1,315ft
Trailhead Elevation4,444ft
Top4,925ft
Elevation Min/Max4443/4925ft
Elevation Start/End4444/4444ft

Soldier Pass

Soldier Pass is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Sedona, Arizona. It is within Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area and Coconino National Forest. It is 3.2 miles long and begins at 4,444 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,315 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. This trail connects with the following: Brins Mesa, Teacup, Soldier Pass Spur A and Jordan.

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona (Adler Publishing )
Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson
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"This very short trail is maintained by Red Rock Jeep Tours in conjunction with the Coconino National Forest, and you can expect to meet some of the tour jeeps along the trail as well as private vehicles. The trail does not go all the way to Soldier Pass but stops a short distance before it. It is suitable for high-clearance 4WD vehicles, because it is rough and sandy for most of the way. The main trail is rated a 4 for difficulty, but the short spur to the Devils Kitchen sinkhole rates a 5 because of the rough slickrock and short, steep sections. Special Attractions: Devils Kitchen—a natural sinkhole; Popular, short rugged trail used by 4WD tour companies; Natural rock tanks of Seven Sacred Ponds. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions." Read more

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7/5/2018
A very simple, beautiful walk that is definitely kid-friendly. The contrast between the bright red rocks and rich green juniper is gorgeous. Devil's Kitchen is the most active sinkhole in Sedona and the Seven Sacred Pools are a beautiful group of descending pools carved in deep red sandstone. A must see if you are in the Sedona area.
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2/6/2015
Beautiful! This trail is my new favorite , we will be back again I am sure! Short and easy but lots of beautiful scenery .
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1/9/2009
Did the trail in a stock H3. Trail was hard packed and dry. Great views and close to town. Coffee was still warm at the end.
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3/18/2008
Great hike. We did it with a 5 and 3 year old and they both had no problem. There were many interesting features on a short hike. It was far enough from the jeep trail except at the seven sacred pool that the vehicles didn't interfere with the hike. I think this is the top kids hike in the Sedona area.
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12/1/2007
Gave it three stars due to being short in the length. Best time to catch the seven sacred pools is after a good rain. Makes for a good waterfall. Just watch out for pink jeeps there aren't very pull outs to pass.
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5/26/2006
Ran this trail before the fires. It was beautiful, but very very short. The 7 holes are worth stopping at. Good for a quick afternoon run. Ran it in 2WD, open diffs, 32x11.50 Dunlop Mud-Rovers aired down to 20psi. Rock sliders and skidplates are recommended for lower clearance vehicles, but it is doable in a stock truck with low tire pressures.
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4/23/2006
Great short trail, gets upclose to"Red Rocks"... easy acces to hiking trails. Rated difficult but with a lift and low tire pressure it is not all that difficult.
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10/10/2005
Nice easy hike up to the Mesa. The temp in Early October was wonderful. Even during the summer, the trail winding thru the Pine forest should be shady and comfortable. Since we haven't had much rain this fall, the Seven Sacred pools were more like the Seven Fetid Pools. The Arches was a nice side trip.
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9/5/2005
lovely easy hike, did it by myself only down point was the gate didn't open until 8am so best left for early fall
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Trail Information

Coconino National Forest
Nearby City
Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area
Parks
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Coconino National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Wilson Mountain
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018