A Hidden Gem on the South Slope of Schuerman Hill
Scorpion Trail offers one of the best views of Cathedral Rock that Sedona has to offer. With every turn you make, the view gets better and better. This is a fast decline to the bottom of Lower Red Rock Loop area, and a wonderful climb back up Schuerman Hill, to make a loop. Scorpion Trail Parking is behind the Sedona Red Rock High School, to the left. You can also park on the other side of the road and walk across the street to gain access to the Scorpion Trail Head.
Once on the trail, you will want to stay to the left toward the Pyramid Trail. After making this left turn you will start a delightful rocky decent. I personally love this part of the trail: it offers a mystery with every turn. The terrain is dynamic and the bright green colors of the cactus pop from the red soil and mountain-side. You will be surrounded by high dessert scrub and waxy manzanita. This trail is highly trafficked by mountain bikers, so be on the lookout.
An Early Morning Delight
I suggest doing this trail early in the morning to capture the rising sun. Sunrise is truly a sacred time of day. As the sun rises, its long arms stretch out to the Arizona desert, exposing its vastness and beauty. I also suggest turning around to see the view that has been unfolding behind you. It will leave you breathless.
Now the trail will bring you to a junction where you can either stay on Scorpion Trail, or take Pyramid to the left, I suggest that you stay right, and continue down the Scorpion Trail. The zig zag decent will lead you through a bumpy maze of Juniper. Be sure to wear good shoes on this hike, since it is a bit on an elevation drop and gain.
Cathedral Vortex View
Once you begin to level out, the promised view of Cathedral Rock will begin to materialize in front of you. Its powerful presence is one that people travel all over the world to experience. It’s a perfect spot to take a rest and drink some water. While you are resting, take moment to honor this land in your heart. Remembering the ancient ones that passed through this exact location to get to Oak Creek that winds around in the distance. How can you treat nature with love and respect? What could you do today to help to preserve the amazing gift that we all have been given in nature?
Pyramid Trail: A hidden gem
After staying right at the trail, you will start the climb up Pyramid Trail. This trail will begin to twist up the back side of the mountain that you just descended. The momentous towers of the Red Rocks are spectacular here. They are large and you can see canyons splitting the landscape in the distance. You will hike up and over these slick rock platforms as the trail pushes you up the back side of Schuerman Hill. I believe that this is one of the most beautiful places in Sedona. It is quiet and thought provoking. It is a must do for a person wanting something different and off the beaten path.
Pyramid Trail will loop back to Scorpion where you will begin the trek back to the trailhead. Every direction you turn during this hike you find photo ops that are breath taking and unreal. It is a good workout to do the loop and took me about two hours. I strongly recommend this hike and would suggest a nice deep tissue massage by one of our HIGHLY talented and gifted Practitioners at SpiritQuest Retreats and Sedona Vortex Adventures.
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