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Courthouse Butte/Bell Rock Loop Trail

 
Courthouse Butte/Bell Rock Loop Trail

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Location: Arizona, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 34.80570°N / 111.76637°W

Object Title: Courthouse Butte/Bell Rock Loop Trail

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: Hike

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Created/Edited: May 22, 2012 / Jan 28, 2014

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Overview

Note: This is a page about the trail that goes around Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock. If you are interested in rock climbing opportunities, please see the linked pages.

Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock are a couple of rocky formations that rise to the north of Oak Creek Village, AZ. With an elevation of 5451 ft, Courthouse Butte is a small flat-top mesa that rises 1000 ft above its base creating a continuous wall under the rim of the mesa. The 4919 ft Bell Rock is a rocky tower that sits to the west of Courthouse Butte.

A 3.5 mile loop trail goes around Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock. For longer day trips, the loop can be combined with many other trails that branch off of it.









Map of Courthouse Butte/Bell Rock Loop Trail
Map


Getting There

From the intersection of Route 89A and 179 in Sedona (The “Y”), drive 6 miles south on Route 179 until you see a “Scenic View” sign on the left (east) side of the road. Park in the provided area and look for trail signs.

Route Description

The loop trail is around 3.5 miles long.

At the trailhead, you will be standing to the northwest of Bell Rock. This description takes you on a counter clockwise loop. The first part of the loop is a section of the Bell Rock Pathway. Do not confuse this with the Bell Rock Trail.





Bell Rock, NW face
Bell Rock, northwest face


Get on the Bell Rock Pathway and head south on the west side of Bell Rock. In this section you will hear highway noise from Route 179






Bell Rock, NW face
Bell Rock, W/NW face
On Bell Rock Pathway
On Bell Rock Pathway


You will now be directly to the west of Bell Rock.






West face of Bell Rock
Bell Rock, west face
On Bell Rock Pathway
On Bell Rock Pathway


As you reach the southwestern corner of Bell Rock, you will see a sign for Courthouse Butte Loop. Turn left (east) onto this trail.





Bell Rock, SW face
Bell Rock, SW face


The western/southwestern face of Courthouse Butte comes into view.





Courthouse Butte, SW face
Courthouse Butte, SW face


The trail then passes directly to the south of Courthouse Butte.










Courthouse Butte, south face
South face of Courthouse Butte
Courthouse Butte, south face
South face of Courthouse Butte
Courthouse Butte, south face
South face of Courthouse Butte
Corthouse Butte, south face
South face of Courthouse Butte


At the southeastern corner of Courthouse Butte, you will reach a dry wash. The trail turns left and heads north along the dry wash.





Dry Wash
Dry Wash


The east face of Courthouse Butte is now well visible.





Courthouse Butte, east face
East face of Courthouse Butte


As you head north, keep your eyes open for Muffin Rock (a.k.a. Spaceship Rock).





Spaceship Rock (Muffin Rock)
Muffin Rock


Once you reach the northeastern corner of Courthouse Butte, the trail turns left and heads west.





Courthouse Butte, NE face
NE face of Courthouse Butte


You can now see Capitol Butte and Cathedral Rock in the distance.






Capitol Butte
Capitol Butte
Cathedral Rock
Cathedral Rock


The northeastern face of Bell Rock and the north face of Courthouse Butte now come into view.








Bell Rock, E/NE face
Northeast face of Bell Rock
Courthouse Butte, north face
North face of Courthouse Butte


Follow the trail west to get back to the starting point at the parking area.

Essential Gear

Hiking equipment.

Weather

See the forecast for the town of Sedona, AZ.

Red Tape

You will need a Red Rock Parking Pass. See the link below:

http://www.redrockcountry.org/passes-and-permits/where-to-purchase.shtml

External Links

http://www.greatsedonahikes.com/courthouse/courthouse.html.

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