Phoenix for work, Sedona for play

I was heading to our Phoenix office for work and got out early so that I could spend the weekend visiting with Mom and my Step-Dad. It was still pretty hot in the Phoenix area, so we decided to head up to Sedona to escape the heat and get in some hiking.

It had been years for all of us since we had last been to Sedona, but for me it had been close to 15 years! We researched a couple trails and had our day all mapped out with a morning hike, lunch break, then a shorter afternoon hike before the 2.5 hour drive home.

Courthouse Butte Loop

Our first hike of the day was a pretty level loop trail filled with awesome Arizona, red-rock views. It was gorgeous! We found plenty of stops to explore, climbing up on big rocks to be kings and queens of the world. 🙂

Hike Details:
Distance: 4.57 miles
Time: 1 hour 56 minutes
Elevation: 515′

After a phenomenal lunch at Hideaway House (highly recommended – the food and view cannot be beat), we headed off to our next hike!

Devil’s Bridge

This was supposed to be a fairly easy 3.6 mile hike, but it was either through sand or pretty uphill, so we were a bit surprised by the intensity. There wasn’t much in the way of views as you walked down the sandy road, but they did get better once you got into the climbing section of the hike. There were some rock scrambles at the end, but the destination – a natural bridge was totally worth it. I’m not big on heights, and I was able to walk out on the bridge for the obligatory “summit” photo!

Hike Details:
Distance: 4.11 miles
Time: 1 hour 42 minutes
Elevation: 535′