Hike Soldier's Pass Trail to Brins Mesa Trail

2 miles 499 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Edward Webb

An out-and-back, friendly family, hike that is moderately trafficked compared to some of the other more popular trails in Sedona.

Starting at the trailhead is a parking lot for around 14 vehicles, arrive early in the morning if you want to be guaranteed a parking spot. Otherwise the hike starts off relatively easy with a quick stop at Devil's Kitchen; a big hole in the ground where a rock has now fallen in (see pictures).

Along the trail you'll see the Seven Sacred Pools; the pools which will always contain water, even in the hottest parts of the Arizona summer. This location is easy to miss as you're walking the trail, but if you know to look for it once you get to the big open rock area about a 1/8 mile into the hike you can't miss it.

The 500 foot easy climb is actually considered "finished" once you reach a mesa after getting on the Brins Mesa Trail for a ways; where you will find a small path to the mesa on the right before you reach the summit up ahead. Here you'll be able to spend some time in solitude and to take in the view of the surrounding area. So don't just turn around when you see the end of Soldier's Pass, the real treat is just up ahead! 

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Nice Hike

This is a very popular trail in the Sedona area so get there early. It's a really nice hike with a lot of cool things to see, including the seven sacred pools

Favorite Hike in Sedona

This is a wonderful hike, with great views if Devils Sinkhole, Seven Sacred Pools and more. My husband and I did this trail when there was still a bit of snow on the mountains, and it made it so magical. Highly recommend!


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5 months ago

Permit to Jeep this Trail

If you get a permit from the Forest Service you can take a Jeep on Solider Pass Trail! Amazing.

My Favorite Sedona Hike!

This is an amazing hike that has everything you could ask for. The parking lot only has room for about 15 cars, so you should expect to come early when gates open at 8:00 or park at Long Canyon and walk the extra mile over to Soldier's Pass. Shortly after departing from the trailhead you will encounter Devil's Sinkhole and later on the Seven Sacred Pools. I chose to hike to the arches/caves, which is a little detour off the trail (very much worth it)! The main trail appears very well maintained and I love observing all the plants along the trail. Finding my way back to the parking lot was more difficult

Great Day-Hike

The only reason this trail doesn't get 5 stars from me is that (if you're not using a GPS/app) it can be difficult to find your way back to the correct parking lot. It's beautiful, and if you're lucky enough to go shortly after rainfall, the pools are filled enough to take off your shoes and relax before finishing the loop.

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