Monday, December 22, 2014

Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte Loop - Sedona, Arizona

December 22, 2014

Miles: 5.9
Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Elevation gain: 1,318 feet (cumulative)
Max elevation: 4,665 feet

Year to date miles: 542.7

Map: Sedona Outdoor Recreation Map

Parking: Bell Rock Vista Trailhead
Red Rocks parking pass required.

Restrooms: In parking lot
Post Hike Dinner: Whole Foods

Hike Directions (please don't rely on this - we found trails a bit confusing):

Bell Rock Pathway Counter Clockwise
Left on Big Park Loop
Right on Bell Rock incline trail.
Scramble as high as you dare.
Return back down Bell Rock Incline Trail.
Right on Bell Rock Pathway
Right on Phone Trail
Right on Baby Bell Trail.
Right on unknown trail.
left on Big Park Loop.
Left on Middle Trail.
Right on Big Park Loop.
Left to parking lot.

The area around Bell Rock is very crowded. The scramble up was fun, but we weren't brave enough to go as high as some. Scrambling down is harder. We walked left and right trying to find the best route up and down. The rest of the hike was less crowded. Other than the scramble up Bell Rock, the rest of this hike was easy.

Hot air balloon landing on our drive from the hotel. We saw half a dozen flying.

The parking area for Bell Rock is crowded.

Up for a challenge?

Everyone wanders around trying to see how far up they can climb

I think we gave up at this point....saw kids climbing up this...and a cattle dog.

Back down at the bottom. Some of the trails are very wide/flat - easy hiking.

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