Cathedral Rock

  

  
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Flash Video of Cathedral Rock Trail
 
MP4  Video of Cathedral Rock Trail ( I Pad )

Cathedral Rock - Looking Southeast from the base.

Cathedral Rock Looking Northwest from the base

Cathedral Rock Looking Southeast fromt the base.


This website is not designed to provide directions or navigation of the trails but solely intended to give you an idea what you may see and experience on the hikes.  

Cathedral Rock Map
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Cathedral Rock Viewed From a DistanceThis is a short 0.7 mile but strenuous trail which quickly rises 608 feet in elevation. The midsection of the trail has a near vertical segment which requires climbing.  The trail is well marked and many hikers can be found using the trail.  The trail traverses the east side of the mountain and thus the hike is better taken in the afternoon so one is hiking in the shade.  On the top, there is a narrow plateau with steep slopes on each side. The width is about that of a wide sidewalk and several stones are perfect for sitting. One can enjoy the view if not afraid of the heights.   

The hike ends at the northern saddle (to the left), between the middle and northern spire.

Note:  All trail maps are designed to give the hiker an idea what he/she will encounter.  They are not designed for navigation or to be used as a source of directions for a hike. 

Topographic and Aerial Map of Cathedral Rock 

Aerial View Cathedral Rock Trail
 


For more information go to the U.S. Forest Service Website.
http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/coconino/
recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=55264&actid=50

This trail can be divided into four sections. 
Click on the picture to the right to enlarge sections of the trail.  

Cathedral Rock Trail Sign

Cathedral Rock Trail - Sections

Cathedral Rock seen from the distance.   The picture below contains an enlarged section of the picture showing the mid-portion of Cathedral Rock Trail.

 

Click on the Pictures on the Right and the Pictures Below to Enlarge.  

 

 

This is a picture of the strenuous mid-portion (C) viewed from the distance.  In the last part of the steep section, one traverses up the crevice in the middle of the picture.  An outline of a trail appears every 5 seconds.

 

 
Cathedral Rock Trail -- Steep Mid Portion 

Trailhead sign and Topographic Map

Trail Sign Cathedral Rock

   

Cathedral Rock Trail Sign



FIRST SECTION:
 


Approaching Cathedral Rock.  Hikers can be seen on Templeton Trail.

  
Approaching Cathedral Rock

Lower Cathedral Rock Trail


Lower Cathedral Rock Trail


Lower Cathedral Rock Trail

Lower Cathedral Rock Trail approaches Templeton Trail.  Note the cairns which can be seen at the end of the trail. 


Approaching Templeton Trail

As one approaches the base of Cathedral Rock, cairns can be seen marking the trail. 


Approaching Base of Cathedral Rock

For a short distance Templeton Trail and Cathedral Rock Trail merge.


Templeton Trail Sign

Cathedral Rock and Templeton Trail leading to the base of Cathedral Rock.


Templeton and Cathedral Rock Trail

Cathedral Rock Trail forks to the left off of Templeton Trail and heads up the rock.


Cathedral Rock Trail Base of Rock
 

View to the east of the Twin Buttes.

View to the northwest.

 

View to the southeast.





SECOND SECTION:

To the right is an aerial map of the beginning of the ascent up Cathedral Rock.  The trail path will be displayed every 5 seconds. 

 
 
Aerial map of the begining of the Ascent Up Cathedral Rock

 

 

A short climb leads to the base.  Note the stepping stones and step carved into the rock.



Looking up at the trail which traverses the base of Cathedral Rock.  Multiple cairns mark the trail.



Hiking up the base section of Cathedral Rock.


Hiking Up Base Section of Cathedral Rock

 

 

Approaching the top of the Second Section (Base of Cathedral Rock.)

 



THIRD SECTION:


This is a picture of the steep portion viewed from the distance.  In the last part of the steep section, one traverses up the crevice in the middle of the picture.

 
Cathedral Rock Trail - Steep Section

 
 
The picture below and to the right is taken at the base of the steep section of the trail. 
 

  • The initial ledge is above the the five foot climb on a rock with poor footing. 

  • From this ledge there is a relatively easy walk and short climb to the first cairn.  There is a small ledge which allows one to rest before heading up the groove.

  •  The groove is best traversed using footing and hands for stabilization.  This leads to another small ledge and cairn (shown in picture on right) were the trail divides in two. 

  • In the upper and final section of the steep part, I elected to climb up the lefthand (or east) fork and down the west fork.  It appeared easier.

Steep Section of Cathedral Rock Trail

The initial ledge is above the five foot climb on a rock with poor footing.   Shown here is a hiker sliding down the five foot climb area.   

 
Five Foot Climb Leading to Third Section of Trail 

From this ledge there is a relatively easy walk and short climb to the first cairn.  There is a small ledge which allows one to rest before heading up the groove.


The groove is best traversed using footing and hands for stabilization.  This leads to another small ledge and cairn were the trail divides in two. 


At the upper part of the grove, a few rock steps lead to the second cairn and a small plateau. 


Second Plateau of the Steep Part of Cathedrial Trail, Sedona Arizona

In the upper and final section of the steep part, I elected to climb up the east fork - on the left.  It appeared easier.  Note the cairn on the west fork.  Click on pictures to enlarge

East Fork - Upper Steep Part   West Fork Upper Steep Part
East Fork                      West Fork



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