Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Cathedral Rock Trail

While in Arizona, we devoted a bit of our time to the city of Sedona.   Noted as a center for new age thinking, it also has some stunning views. Secret Agent Man had already staked out the Cathedral Rock Trail well before we arrived. At only 1.5 miles, round trip, it really isn't that long. However, it is quite steep. It takes you into the saddles, or gaps, in between Cathedral Rock. 



This part of the hike is not the steepest section.  At that point the last thing I was worried about was taking a picture.....


I did meet a little friend along the way.  He was soaking up some sun.  We did come across some people meditating on this trail.  It is noted for the power emanating from the earth in the form of vortexesThere are four vortexes in the Sedona area and one located in the Cathedral Rock area. 




Almost to the top.......





and we made it! 




Really a spectacular view and worth all of the sweat.  


41 comments:

  1. What a beautiful view you had from up top. God has a way of adding beauty everywhere he touches.

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  2. How nice of you to get away -- my sister lives in Mesa and loves it there.

    Beautiful photos, Michelle. So glad you had a good time. :)

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  3. Great pictures of this wonderful country with such an infinite history, of which much is hidden. Too bad that rocks can not really speak...

    Servus and have a nice day
    CL

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  4. Hello Michelle,
    What a great shots!!
    Amazing to see this view over the mountains. It must be great to be there.

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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  5. Would love to visit there. It looks so stunning! I think I could do the steep hill. We've got them all over the place here : )

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  6. WOW....lovely photographs! Hope you are having a BLAST!

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  7. The view makes it worth climbing to the top. :)

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  8. What a lovely view. That sky is spectacular.

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  9. have always wanted to visit sedona. :)

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  10. gorgeous. looks like a place we must see. thanks, for sharing. (:

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  11. Wow - that is amazing!! Such a beautiful view from the top. We lived in Arizona while the boyfriend was going to school but never got up to Sedona. Looks like it would have been worth the drive. Glad you had a good time and that you took such great pictures to share it with us!

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  12. My hubs and I spent our honeymoon in Sedona and this was one of the places we visited! We were not planning on doing the entire circuit around the rock formation though, but missed our turn. We definitely we in the Sedona sun for a couple hours working our way around it - with no water. I had on no socks either and my feet were shredded by the time we finished. Some sweet woman even offered to give me her socks when we made it back to the parking lot! I just kept saying, "We are going to be a headline - honeymoon couple mauled by mountain lion in Az wilderness! Lost and unprepared for rigorous hiking" It was not funny then, but definitely is now!

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  13. Sedona is absolutely gorgeous. Hubby and I stayed at L'Auberge in 1988 as a get-away weekend from the Phoenix hustle and bustle. I'm glad you got to see some of my beautiful home state.

    Christine

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  14. Sedona is absolutely gorgeous. Hubby and I stayed at L'Auberge in 1988 as a get-away weekend from the Phoenix hustle and bustle. I'm glad you got to see some of my beautiful home state.

    Christine

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  15. What an adventure ! Looks like from another universe. Thank you for this escape. Please have you all a good Wednesday.

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  16. Sedona is such a beautiful area and your photos are gorgeous.

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  17. what a beautiful place...thank you for sharing it with us...love your little friend...

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  18. what a beautiful place...thank you for sharing it with us...love your little friend...

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  19. It is beautiful, but I really have to look away. I don't like heights.

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  20. Wow! Looks like fun, and I'm not particularly an outdoor kind of girl.

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  21. One of my favorite hikes. I hope you had a chance to visit Slide Rock.

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  22. I am so in awe of you for taking that hike with your family. The views are beautiful as are your photos. It amazes me how many different landscapes and the variety of beauty that can be found right here in the US. Arizona rocks are quite the contrast to the rolling green hills of Ky. How great for your kids to have that experience.

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  23. I can understand that the last thing you were thinking about was making pics, nevertheless these shots are really awesome !
    must have been a great experience
    anni

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  24. I can understand that the last thing you were thinking about was making pics, nevertheless these shots are really awesome !
    must have been a great experience
    anni

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  25. What a beautiful place!! Oh for a bit of summer right now...

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  26. Oh Michelle these are fabulous I would truly love to go and experience this. The sweat is totally worth it.
    Awesome trip B

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  27. That is an awesome view! Have a nice trip!

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  28. Wow, what a breathtaking view! Beautiful.

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  29. It is beautiful out there. I hope you share more of your trip.

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  30. What a place to be!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

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  31. What a breathtaking view, wow! I bet in person you could hardly take it all in. So nice that you could get away like that..a trip to remember for sure. xo

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  32. OMGosh super jealous of your photogenic trip and time with family! Your pictures are gorgeous, the views amazing and the detail you captured in the rock wall is flipping awesome! Ooohh i hope you have more to share....

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  33. What absolutely gorgeous views from Cathedral Rock! We visited Sedona/The Grand Canyon many years ago when my children were young. I've always wanted to go back. I'm going to enjoy all your photos as you post them, Michelle. Welcome home!

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  34. What a spot! And I'm intrigued by the vortexes . . .

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