Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Cibola Pass Loop Day Hike
when Trip Report : April 11, 2015
  Trip Report : May 11, 2013
  Trip Report : October 24, 2009
where Sedona – Red Rock District
the hike     In 1540, Francisco Vásquez de Coronado led a thousand mile expedition from New Spain to seek the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola. The Trailblazers’ Cibola Pass expedition will be considerably shorter but we will discover the real treasure, which is Sedona’s spectacular red rock formations. Hike over Cibola Pass and Soldier Pass, enjoying fine views of Coffeepot Rock, the Devil’s Kitchen, Brins Mesa, Wilson Mountain, and Steamboat Rock. Bring your camera!
    This hike is described in Footloose from Phoenix by Ted Tenny, pages 251-257.
distance 4.8 miles
time 3-4 hours
EC +-1000' elevation change
elevations 4,440' (Soldier Wash) to 5,100' (Brins Mesa)
on trail 100% — Cibola Pass, Jordan, Soldier Pass, and Brins Mesa Trails
type loop
starting at
Jim Thompson Trailhead 34° 53.282' N,  111° 46.059' W  [NAD27]
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost $5 per vehicle for a Red Rock Pass; however, if anyone in the vehicle has a Senior Pass, that will work as well. Share gas expenses with the driver. The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Sedona
meet 7:00 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride.
drive 110 miles from Bell Road to Jim Thompson Trailhead (220 round trip).

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