Located in the heart of the red rocks that characterize the area surrounding Sedona, the Baldwin Trail is somewhat of a secret. That’s because the name disguises the real reward of the moderate hike, which produces spectacular views of Cathedral Rock. Using the Baldwin Trail enables visitors to avoid some of the crowds that occupy the more conspicuously named Cathedral Rock Trail.
The turnoff to Verde Valley School Road on AZ-179 is about 7 miles south of Sedona and 7 miles north of the intersection of AZ-179 and I-17. From there, travel about 5.5 miles to the trailhead parking lot. The Coconino National Forest website offers more detailed information.
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