Hats off to Chimney Rock Trail
We were looking for an early evening hike close to our hotel in Sedona. We simply turned left of off Highway 89 and drove towards the mountain. This short excursion brought us to the Thunder Mountain Trailhead and the Chimney Rock Trail. Arriving at 4:45PM, we knew that sunset was going to be at 6:10PM, so we didn’t have long to explore.
Our timing couldn’t have been better, because the red rocks of Sedona absolutely glowed in the evening sun. There are views of the red rock face on the entire hike, and as you hike higher and higher you see a better view of Chimney Rock, the namesake of the trail. As the sun lowered in the sky, the rocks shimmered in the sun.
The hike is a gentle incline with a few big steps here and there. We hiked up approximately 450 feet. When we reached what appeared to be the summit, we turned around and came back down the same way we went up, because we wanted to make sure we were off the mountain by sunset.
Along the entire trail, and crossing it to and fro, is a dry creek bed. We had hiked in Sedona before, and this was our favorite hike. It was the perfect level of incline to make the hike fun but not too difficult, and the views were stunning. A hiker we met on the trail summed it up best when he said, “Every view is perfect!”.
Sedona is about two hours north of Phoenix and is near Interstate 17. It is known for its beautiful red rocks and scenic views. It can be visited in a day trip from Phoenix; however, if you can stay overnight it is best to see the rocks in the early morning or evening. Many people consider Sedona a holy place, and it is easy to see why. Its beauty takes your breath away, and it may leave you with a feeling of holiness you may feel in a cathedral. One great place to visit is the Chapel of the Holy Cross, a beautiful church cut into the side of a mountain.
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