Although it seems so long ago, I’m still remembering our wonderful little road trip up to Sedona back in May. Our most exhilarating adventure was our hike up Devil’s Bridge. After attempting to conquer Cathedral Rock and turning back when it got very steep, we were overjoyed to successfully defeat Devil’s Bridge.
Devil’s Bridge Trail, rated as a moderate hike, is about 4.5 miles round trip. The last bit literally requires some crawling up a rocky ledge, but really didn’t seem that difficult once completed. I felt Cathedral Rock was a more difficult hike.
We parked at Dry Creek Vista Trailhead. It was purely by accident, we just went where the GPS took us. I believe the Mescal Trailhead lot may have a prettier hike to Devil’s Bridge Trailhead. We walked partway on Chuck Wagon Trail, which had beautiful views! Then we cut across and hiked up Forest Road. That is somewhat of a boring walk, and you may run into trucks on the way because some folks will drive up to Devil’s Bridge Trail Head and park. However, be aware, it is a crazy rough road. Four wheel drive only!
We left early, found a parking spot easily (probably because they were just reopening after the COVID lockdown) and made it back before it got too crazy hot. I think in a normal time, parking would be a challenge. There were plenty of fellow hikers out but many showed up a little later in the morning (we arrived around 8:00 am I believe).
Success! Devil’s Bridge:
Looking out at the bridge (below). You must walk around the far edge (which is a little tight) and loop around to the center of the bridge. Plenty of folks on this side are happy to snap a photo of you and your group! 😁
Somewhere along the way, I read that there is a side path that takes you under the bridge. On the way down I looked for the path and was happy to discover a beautiful view looking up from underneath the bridge.
Reminder, bring your walking stick if you use one. Now we know how awesome they are when walking rocky terrain.
Views along the way:
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” ~ Jawaharlal Nehru
I hope if you are ever in Sedona, that you consider hiking up Devil’s Bridge. It was the most satisfying accomplishment of our trip!
“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” ~ John Muir