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Friday, March 18, 2016

Arizona Getaway: Sedona Hiking

This post is dedicated to the hikes we tried... Another post is coming soon to cover our food and lodging thoughts.

Day 1... 

Cathedral Rock: 
Length: 1.2 miles
Difficulty: Very Difficult (with a scramble)
Verdict: We definitely should have researched this and prepared a bit more.  It was a tad scary and far beyond our hiking skills, however, being the daredevils that we are, we did it anyway.

This hike may have been short, with some really sticky parts, but I am so so proud of us for battling through until the top and I can say that the views were absolutely worth it.  Don't believe me, take a look at the pictures!

Day 2...
Day two we got even more ambitious with the hiking...

Bear Mountain:
Length: 5.2 miles with 2000 ft. elevation change
Difficulty: Very Difficult
Verdict: Once again, completely and utterly unprepared, but we survived and it was pretty darn amazing!

This one was tough!! I wore my fitbit and on this hike it registered a climb of 150 flights of stairs. Wowza!  Luckily, my sister and I are fairly athletic so we were working hard, but able to complete it.  It was seriously breathtaking - in the beautiful way and in the way where you are actually fearing for your life a bit, depending on the part of the trail.  I will recommend it, but I will warn you - it is tough! Give yourself lots of time and bring lots of food and water.  When we set out it was about 45 degrees and it got hotter as we climbed.  I cannot imagine doing this in the summer heat - it would be brutal!

After: this is our "holy cow, we hiked that" pic :) 

And more from the top... 

Huckaby Trail 
Length: 5.4 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Verdict: Totally capable and prepared.  It was so fun!

This one was pretty easy, had a tiny bit of elevation changes, but it was a leisurely hike from start to finish with amazing views that brings you along the river.  It was a great way to shake out our legs after our crazy morning of climbing and descending.  

Devil's Bridge: 
We had heard so many amazing things about Devil's Bridge, but because of our timing and the snow, it was closed while we were in town - so disappointing!! I will be returning to conquer this one.  If you are out there, please try this one for me!

Hike House:
We owe a lot of our information and prep to Hike House in Sedona.  We stopped by on our way out the first day and they gave us all the info we needed to make sure we stayed safe and packed accordingly.  Stop by and say hi! They were so nice and talked to us amateurs for about an hour with no appointment.

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