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Courthouse Butte Loop

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 4.4 (35) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A loop around Courthouse Butte.


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Map Key

3.9

Miles

6.3

KM

Loop

4,471' 1,363 m

High

4,253' 1,296 m

Low

302' 92 m

Up

303' 92 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

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Overview

A lovely loop combining parts of other trails previously recorded that make a nice loop around Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock.

Need to Know

Very little shade on this trail. I did the loop on a 106 degree day with plenty of water. The far side of the trail away from the parking lot is very serene. I only saw other hikers as I got close to Bell Rock.

Description

This is a fairly easy loop around Courthouse Butte. From the parking area head left to the intersection of the Courthouse and what is listed as the Phone Trail. Take a right and head up towards the butte.

Continue clockwise around Courthouse Butte on the Courthouse Loop until the trail intersects with the Big Park Loop Connector and the Bell Rock Trail. This will take you back to the parking area.

The far side of Courthouse Butte offers really lovely vistas and solitude. Not only do you see some of the red rocks the Sedona area is famous along the Munds Mountain Wilderness area for but you also see part the Horse Mesa with it's contrasting green trees.

Part of this loop along the far side follows along and crosses a creek bed. There was a wee bit of water when I went through with the largest concentration of tadpoles I have ever seen.

Flora & Fauna

Typical desert stuff. The day I was there I didn't see any critters but I understand others have seen rattlesnakes. Be aware.

Plenty of birds provided a soothing backdrop to my huffing and puffing up the hills.

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Shared By:

Ray Smith

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 35 votes

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Photos

Bell Rock.
Jul 8, 2016 near Village…, AZ
A pass with a very determined little tree.
Jul 8, 2016 near Village…, AZ
Courthouse Rock.
Aug 9, 2016 near Village…, AZ
Courthouse Butte.
Jul 8, 2016 near Village…, AZ
Bell Rock hides under the snow in Arizona.
Mar 6, 2017 near Village…, AZ
Bell Rock from the start of the trail.
Jul 8, 2016 near Village…, AZ

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Aug 8, 2020
Russell Hobart
Feb 9, 2020
Mery Sanchez
Jan 24, 2020
Jim Stratman
Nice sunny day. Beautiful easy hike 4.1mi
Jan 22, 2020
Ben Logel
4mi
Jan 3, 2020
Anne Carson
5mi — 2h 00m
Dec 29, 2019
Peter Wright
A thin cover of frost and ice has melted, leaving slightly muddy conditions. Nothing to spoil this scenic walk though
Oct 16, 2019
Tom Su
Aug 22, 2019
Sylvie Le Floch