John Guilford's Hikes
Jordan Trail, Sedona on 2008-06-26
Location: Jordan Trail, Sedona
People: (including myself): Pam
Start: 10:45 0
Sinkhole: 11:30 1.5
Out: 12:15 3
In our guide, this trail was described as a two mile loop with spectacular
red rock views. We were both disappointed with this hike. We thought the
view more boring than Boynton Canyon and the trail wasn't a loop. It is
just a straight line between the trailheads at Jordan Road and Soldier Pass
According to our guide, the trail access was from the end of Jordan Road.
Unfortunately for us, this required us to cross the junction of Route 89A
and Route 179. Due to construction in Sedona, there was quite a backup and
it took a while to get through. We didn't realize we could have driven up
Soldier Pass Road and get to the other end of the trail.
We drove out Jordan Road and found the good sized parking area at the end.
We had to hike back down the road a bit before we found the trailhead we
were looking for. There are a number of different trails that use the same
As we started on Jordan Trail proper, we saw that the terrain was
crisscrossed with a number of trails (possibly used for mountain bikes?).
For a while the trail somewhat follows some power lines, eventually moving
away from them. The terrain is pretty open and sunny.
Along the trail we met a local hiker who gave us some useful info on the
area and other hikes. She suggested Fay Canyon after we mentioned how much
we like Boynton Canyon. She also told us about a large sink hole further
along Jordan Trail. We followed the trail to the sink hole, which is
near an area used by some 4x4 jeep tours. The rock near there was well
worn from their tires.
After spending a little time around the sink hole, we turned around and
headed back. Half way along the trail there is a junction with the
Cibola Pass trail. This trail climbs over a low pass and ends up back at
the same parking lot we started at. We thought about trying it, but
without a better map/guide we decided not to. During the hike in, we were
a bit concerned about the possibility of taking a wrong turn on our return
due to the plethora of crossing trails, but that turned out not to be an
issue. We had no trouble discerning the main trail and soon found our way
back to Jordan Road and the trail head parking lot.
Sinkhole near Soldier Pass Road
Pam looking over the rock and trail.
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