Looking for stunning views of the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona? Well, look no further. I've got just the hike for you.
Hi, I'm Brice, president of Vaucluse, where we like to explore more and sweat less. I want to share a fantastic trail out here in Sedona, plus a closer look at some gear I took to help stay cool and dry along the way: the Cool Dry Frame from Vaucluse, which helps reduce sweat while backpacking.
Let's dive in.
Hiking Review - Brins Mesa Trail and Brins Butte in Sedona Arizona
We’re at the Coconino National Forest in northern Arizona (about a mile north of Sedona), and our starting point today is Brins Mesa Trailhead, also known on the map as Jordan Trailhead. Definitely come by 4x4 if you can because this dirt road gets pretty bumpy.
Why do this hike? Number one, because you’ll get incredible views of Sedona’s Red Rock Secret Wilderness. Plus, there's not a lot of people, which is great, because in Sedona, you can get a lot of people looking for hikes with quick rewards (meaning, great views).
This trail begins right at the north edge of Sedona and is as picturesque as it is convenient. Instead of tucking you away in a deep canyon or clinging to the side of a steep slope, this trail leads into the open where you can enjoy unobstructed views of these spectacular red rock formations.
I recommend bringing a map to help identify and enjoy Chimney Rock, Coffee Pot Rock, Wilson Mountain and other large rock formations here.
Part One of this hike is flat with fantastic views. If this is all you want to do and you’re not interested in doing any of the inclines, you will still not be disappointed.
Part Two has an increasing incline, then goes back to being flat, before another sharp incline takes you all the way up to Brins Butte. As you can see from the photos, it’s beautiful. I did this hike in the winter. Normally, you're not going to find all this snow surrounding you.
You can visit the Coconino National Forestry Services website for more information. The link is below as well as to my AllTrails link, with everything that you could want to know about exactly where this trail is.
Here are the statistics for my hike: The temperature started in the low 40’s F and stayed there throughout the afternoon. The hike was 4.24 miles with an elevation gain of just over 1,000 feet. My moving time was two hours and 26 minutes, out of a total of two hours and 39 minutes – I stopped for 13 minutes to swap out my backpack frame (more about this next). The average pace was 34 minutes per mile with a generous 1,386 calories burned. It was definitely a workout!