Sedona is home to some of the most majestic sights that you will ever see. You can explore Sedona by Jeep Tours, horseback riding, golf, hot air ballooning, and hiking! I am a newbie when it comes to hiking and I hate bugs. So, that pretty much sums up my hiking experience.
My bestie thought it would be fabulous to schedule two hikes into our Sedona trip and I am glad she did. The only negative thing I have to say is that I had to wake up early in the morning. Besides my lack of hiking experience, I am not a morning person. Yet, these hikes and how I felt when I completed them have changed how I view early mornings forever. If you want to get out and explore, but aren’t ready for the hardcore stuff yet, then these two hikes are perfect for you!
Difficulty: Moderate Length: 1.6 Miles Type: Loop Pet-Friendly
We decided to do a sunrise hike at Doe Mountain, and by we I mean my best friend, I was a good sport and woke up at 4:30 am. When we first got to the parking lot it was still a little dark outside and no one else had arrived yet. We’ve seen one too many lifetime movies. So we decided to hang out for a little bit and let the sun peek from behind the clouds first.
Around 5:45 am we started our 1.6-mile journey, considered a moderate hike. There were a few switchbacks that were a little tricky, but we managed. A few minutes into our hike we heard a lot of rustling, only to realize we weren’t alone. About 4-6 deer were looking our way, more terrified of us than we were of them. It was nice to see wildlife up close, after that brief encounter we only saw a few birds.
I would encourage you to bring at least 32 oz of water with you for this hike. Even though it was during the coolest time of the day, I killed my 16 oz water bottle. Hydration is a major key people easily forget. Once we got to the top, I forgot about having to wake up early, forgot that I was a little thirsty, and was completely in awe. My best friend and I took in the view for a few moments for ourselves. We then called our loved ones so they could see it via Facetime. It was too pretty up there for us not to share.
After taking pictures, we saw some hot air balloons floating through the sky. As someone who’s always on the go, I wanted to make sure I could snapshot this moment in my brain. I was so appreciative that I was able to travel to Sedona all the way from the east coast to experience this moment.
I realized something, there’s little to no rainfall in the desert, but there’s still growth. There may be times in our lives that may seem like a personal drought. Even in those difficult times, we can still grow. I reflected on this year and the challenges I’ve faced. I was so grateful that God still let me grow and didn’t let my passion and dreams die during my personal desert.
Be encouraged! You may be in a dry place right now, but like the vegetation in the desert, you’re made for it and you will still grow!
Difficulty: Moderate Length: 4.2 Miles Type: In-n_Out Pet-Friendly
I am sure after I talked about the Lord’s blessings you guys scrolled down and were a little perplexed. Yup, that says Devil’s Bridge. It was a great hike so don’t let the name deter you! Devil’s Bridge was a lot more challenging than Doe Mountain. First of all, it was twice as long (whew). The first two miles were pretty leveled, due to the fact that vehicles with 4WD can handle that terrain. Once you reach the parking lot for 4WD vehicles and ATVs that’s when the real work begins.
Devil’s bridge is a heavily trafficked trail. The actual structure is one of the biggest sandstone arches in the Sedona area. While it’s popular among tourists, there are plenty of signs that encourage each person to consume around a gallon of water during this hike. Approximately 2 hikers get rescued a week. If you are hiking in the middle of the day or during the heat of the day, please bring enough water! My best friend and I each had many bottles of water and we finished them all. Trust me, you’ll need it!
There were several times that we thought we were at the top only to but no, just pretty cliffs. We later used them for photo ops. The last mile of the trail was pretty challenging. There were moments where we were actually rock climbing. I’m not sure how people were bringing their kids and dogs along. because getting up there took strategy and concentration.
Once we got closer to the top, we realized that we weren’t the only ones who had the grand idea of heading up before rush hour. A lot of people were passing by us as we made our way to the top. The one thing I love about Sedona is that everyone is friendly. Not fake friendly how we are in the south, but actually “Good morning, neighbor. How are you,” friendly. Talking to people on the way up and getting advice about tricky steps and sections definitely helped us.
There was a little line once we reached our destination. To be honest, once I saw the Devil’s Bridge I was a little nervous. I thought, you know what, I made it to my destination. I do not need to go over there for the sake of an Instagram picture. I watched more and more people take their pictures. They would come back and encourage everyone who was waiting that it wasn’t that bad. Remember how I mentioned earlier that I don’t like bugs? I hate the buzzing. My main concern was that a huge beetle would land on me right when I am on the Devil’s Bridge and I’d take a tumble.
Once I got to the edge of the bridge to take my picture I realized that it was wider than I thought. I don’t want to ruin it for you, but when you go, you will see what I mean. Angles are everything! Don’t get me wrong, this is still pretty dangerous. When you go, take your pictures, enjoy the moment and get back safely.
Overall, this hike was amazing. This year continues to teach me there’s growth outside of my comfort zone. If you end up visiting Sedona soon, please let me know if you go on either of these hikes! It was such a great experience and I am excited to start hiking more on the east coast. The views are amazing and the pictures didn’t do them justice!
There’s still a few more posts coming from my Arizona trip and then I’ll be announcing a new trip soon. Until then!