Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Red Rock Crossing Day Hike

when? Trip Report : November 2, 2013
where? Sedona
the hike     Red Rock Crossing is a symbol of the American Southwest and the most photographed spot in Arizona. It is a favorite place for artists and art classes to visit and paint. This frequently photographed spot has Cathedral Rock as a backdrop. So bring your camera and do not forget a pair of binoculars for wildlife watching.
    We’ll hike the Ridge and Carroll Canyon Trail to Red Rock Crossing on Oak Creek. The scenery along these well-maintained trails is nice on the way to Crossing. We’ll push on to Cathedral Rock by wading across Oak Creek and hiking the Templeton Trail out and back.
    Bring your water shoes, or step on stones, or get wet feet.  See Map.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
•  Your smiles  :)
distance 10.2 miles
time 6-7 hours
EC +-1400' elevation change
elevations 4303 at the Ridge Trailhead
type out and back
starting at
Ridge Trailhead 34° 51.263' N,  111° 47.947' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Ridge, Carroll Canyon, and Templeton Trails
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Be prepared to split the Red Rock pass parking fee for each car, and there’s a $2 hike-in fee per person at the Crossing. When car-pooling, pay your share of the cost of gas. The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5/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 Take I-17, Exit Sedona 179. From the junction of Routes 89A and 179, take 89A west 2 miles (toward Cottonwood) to Shelby Drive on the left. Go 0.5 miles to La Entrada office building parking lot on the right at 2155 Shelby drive, 10 yards past Stanley Steamer Drive. Turn right into the parking lot to the 3 designated trailhead parking spaces at the back end of parking lot.

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