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Soldier Pass -> Brin's Mesa Loop


A fantastic 5-mile loop around Brin's Butte.

Trail Running Difficult

8 km
264 m
264 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
1.4 km
High Point
1.6 km
Soldier Pass -> Brin's Mesa Loop Map

The Soldier Pass Trail is one of the most famous in Sedona, thanks to the unique rock formations along the route, including the Devil's Kitchen sinkhole, the Seven Sacred Pools, and the Soldier Pass Cave.


This hike begins at the Soldier Pass Trailhead, but this trailhead parking lot is tiny and constantly filled with cars regardless of the time of day or the day of the week. In fact, some sources report that this parking lot might be closed, but it's unclear if that closure is temporary or permanent. In order to guarantee a fun start to the Soldier Pass trail, plan to take the free Sedona Shuttle from Dog Park and Posse Ground Park & Ride.

Several route combinations are available in this area, but the route shown here is an attractive loop combination utilizing the Soldier Pass Trail and Brin's Mesa Trail. While most of this loop traverses red rock slabs and blocky rocks, most hikers and trail runners will have no problem negotiating the rocky challenges. However, this loop bypasses the Soldier Pass Cave to keep the technical difficulty down. Accessing the cave requires some true scrambling and would increase the technical challenge from the "Difficult" rating shown here.

Finally, do note that even though this loop is just 5 miles long, the far reaches of Brin's Mesa are quite isolated from the nearby roads and the rest of the trail system. If you're planning to go all the way around this loop, pack plenty of food and water and be prepared to be entirely self-sufficient.

Sources: https://www.backcountrycow.com/blog/hiking-to-soldier-pass-cave-sedona https://www.earthtrekkers.com/how-to-hike-soldier-pass-trail-cave/ https://sedonashuttle.com/ https://wherearethosemorgans.com/hike-soldier-pass-cave-trail-sedona/



Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

all year round

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