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3.9 mile 6.3 kilometer loop


Ascent: 302' 92 m
Descent: -303' -92 m
High: 4,471' 1,363 m
Low: 4,253' 1,296 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)


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Trail shared by Ray Smith

A loop around Courthouse Butte.

Ray Smith

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

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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.


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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Matthew Kidd
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Matthew Kidd   San Diego, CA
The scenic payoff is really great for such an easy hike. We started about 4 pm when it was cooling off and didn't see anyone for the first 80% of the loop. Lots of stuff in bloom in mid-May. May 16, 2019

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