This trail was my husbands pick while on vacation in Sedona, Arizona and well worth the 4.0 miles it took to reach this stone bridge.
On this hike, we decided to begin at the Mescal trailhead(Route #2) since we did not want to venture down the road to the actual Devil’s Bridge trailhead.
We were warned that a high clearance vehicle would be needed to make it to this trail head and we did not want to risk anything breaking on our rented SUV so we choose to hike a bit further and start where we started.
This hike took us through some gorgeous desert terrain .
You will eventually reach the actual Devil’s Bridge parking area and cross through this to head down the trail. This is the trailhead you can park at if you have the proper type of vehicle. Both there and back there were never more than two vehicles at this particular parking area. And by looking at the road, you can clearly see why.
I would estimate about the last mile or so the trail gets a bit rocky and then the last 1/4 mile you will find yourself once again rock scrambling some good sized rocks to reach the bridge itself.
This was a busy trail. We did this mid afternoon and it had a good amount of people at the bridge when we arrived. However, everyone seemed respectful of each other and formed a nice line to walk out to the center of the bridge so everyone could capture a picture without others in the shot. Here is my husband in line for his picture.
There is plenty of room to rest at the bridge area. And again, you are desert hiking, so bring plenty of water. After taking a moment to have a snack and rest, we had our son capture our picture together and then headed back the same way we came.
This is also the trail we located the one and only geocache while on this vacation. It’s always a goal to search and find one in every state we visit. This area however, has some pretty fierce cactus plants that offer a bit of a challenge finding geocaches. So some extra caution is needed.
I am not sure how long this hike took us in total. My guess would be about 3-3.5 hours with 45 minutes or so spent at the bridge itself. It was a very nice hike. Mostly flat terrain until the end to reach the top of the bridge. Many resources rated this hike as moderate and I would agree.
*** To see more hikes we did in the Sedona area, click here and scroll down to the Arizona section and take your pick of which adventure you wish to read.