Ridge Trail is a 4.5-mile loop. This secret gem, is very accessible from the heart of West Sedona, behind Sedona Vortex Adventures retreat center. From our office at 75 Kallof Place, pull forward behind the Walgreens and exit the parking lot on Sunset, taking a left. After half a mile, turn right at Sunset park and park there. Walk over the bridges behind the tennis courts and come out on Shelby road. Turn left on Shelby and be on the lookout for a tiny parking lot about 25 yards down the road. This lot is usually full, which is one reason to start from the park or even our office if you are a Sedona Vortex Adventures or SpiritQuest guest.
The Trail Old Post also begins from here, and is also a wonderful option, although Ridge offers up spectacular views faster. Follow Ridge trail, which is on the left and crosses many arroyos, usually dry. If it’s been raining, sometimes the arroyos are full, but usually easy to cross anyway, however, if it is monsoon season be aware that these arroyos can be raging. The raging water can sweep you up fast so it is nothing to mess around with. Respecting nature is very important in Sedona. The beauty of this land can make you forget being mindful that you are in a high desert wilderness. Always have plenty of water on hand and watch your step.
The Views Are Great
Ridge climbs steadily, and like most trails in Sedona, it is rocky. You are hiking on the edge of Carroll Canyon, a breathtaking arroyo practically in Sedona. Notice the trail Sketch on the right, as this is an exciting option for a loop. Ridge tops out with breathtaking views of Cathedral and Bell Rock, as well as Oak Creek. It comes out on Upper Red Rock Loop Road. The drop-down to the road is extremely steep, so feel free to turn around after the views.
Sketch Loop: Taking the Sketch trail, follow until you meet Red Rock Loop Road. This trail is extremely steeply downhill. Once on the road, take a left and look for the ridge trailhead up the road on the left to return, or continue on to Secret Slickrock.
Preparing for Your Hike
Always pack a good amount of water, even if it is an overcast day and not too hot. Take your time and shoot photos from your phone or camera. The photos are beautiful but most people say they never do Sedona justice. You can see for yourself as you take in all the surrounding beauty. The trails are less busy during the weekdays. During the monsoon season-July and August-it is best to check the weather forecast before venturing out. Monsoons come up quick and fierce.
Sedona Vortex Adventures offers by-appointment-only Sedona adventures for the body, mind, and soul. We are very familiar with the many hiking trails in Sedona and know how freeing and healing it is to be out on this sacred land. Whether you are with us or on your own. we know you will find Sedona to be enchanting and amazing!