Sedona, AZ: Baldwin Loop to Templeton to Cathedral

Snag views of a red-cliffed valley and stand toe-to-rock with iconic 1,000-foot sandstone towers on this 4.9-mile, half-day adventure.
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Snag views of a red-cliffed valley and stand toe-to-rock with iconic 1,000-foot sandstone towers on this 4.9-mile, half-day adventure.

It’s one of the Sedona classics with a cross-country twist. From the Turkey Tank parking lot, take the Baldwin Trail to the Templeton Trail, trace Oak Creek, ascend 600 feet of switchbacks, and follow cairns to the saddle. Circumnavigate the towers and descend the far side of Cathedral Rock to reunite with the Baldwin Trail for the 1.5-mile return.

-Mapped by Lauren Kelley

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.9

Waypoints

CRL001

Location: 34.81258, -111.809816

Turkey Creek Trailhead. Start on the Baldwin Trail, which leaves across the street from the dirt parking lot.

CRL002

Location: 34.822082, -111.80735

At the first fork, turn right, staying on the right side of the Baldwin Trail loop.

CLR003

Location: 34.822438, -111.799841

Stay right at the junction with the Templeton Trail and trace the river (Oak Creek?)

CRL004

Location: 34.825445, -111.795092

Still on the trail, ascend switchbacks through crumbly sandstone.

CRL005

Location: 34.824569, -111.792645

Follow enormous cairns across gorgeous slabs of sandstone, and cross impressive flash flood washes as you wrap around this rock formation, approaching the main trail up Cathedral.

CRL006

Location: 34.819125, -111.792177

Turn right to follow the cairns to the saddle in the heart of Cathedral Rock.

CRL007

Location: 34.818188, -111.792004

Head left off the saddle and follow smaller social trails around the smaller towers within the cluster. You are working your way to the far eastern side of the rock formation before you can descend the other side.

CRL008

Location: 34.815917, -111.80144

Rejoin the Baldwin Trail.

CRL009

Location: 34.815901, -111.807946

Turn left and cross Verde Valley School Road to return to your car.

Walking toward the saddle

Location: 34.820605, -111.790562

View from the saddle

Location: 34.818881, -111.792284

Looking east toward the Sedona Valley

Cathedral Rock

Location: 34.81863, -111.792433

Crossing a narrow sandstone ledge.

View of Cathedral Rock

Location: 34.822506, -111.799686

from intersection of Baldwin and Templeton Trails, at creek level.