While ordering breakfast, before heading out on our first adventure in Sedona, I noticed a slight surprise in the voice of the super friendly employees at Creekside Coffee, when we mentioned Cathedral Rock. They said the view was certainly worth the climb. They also suggested another hiking trail we might enjoy, West Fork trail. In fact we did enjoy that trail, later in the day.
Without much of a thought, we headed out to Cathedral Rock. According to Wikipedia, Cathedral Rock is one of the most photographed sights in Arizona.
We arrived, got out our gear (camera, water, walking sticks, backpack) and off we went. We made it up to the first level, which offered beautiful views with a very large flat area. After a few photos, we set off, headed for the top of the trail. However, as it steepened, and required very steady footing and grippy shoes, we stopped and reconsidered this hike. The hike is rated “moderate” and although with some climbing and careful attention to footing, we could have made it… I chickened out. The grade was very steep, and a slight miss-step could send you sliding. We are not high experienced hikers (which was clearly obvious to the coffee servers!).
We decided to head back down, and we walked part of Temptation Trail that heads out from that first level with the beautiful views. We did not go out too far as that trail is over 7 miles out and back. Ironically, I took a slight tumble when the rocks under my feet started sliding, when I stepped aside for passing hikers. I got a nasty bruise on my arm (still not sure how that happened) but it didn’t prevent me from any future adventures.
We headed back to the car, I cleaned up (that dust is crazy messy) and off we went.
The sights at Cathedral Rock were beautiful. The hike was energizing. We felt slightly disappointed that we did not get to the top, but it beat slipping and falling. Clearly one needs to be careful when traveling over rugged ground on foot. …and now we know why the friendly folks appeared surprised that we were going to hike Cathedral Rock 😊
Note: We fell in love with our hiking sticks! I highly recommend for any walks or hikes that are not on flat walking paths.