For our 1st hike in Sedona we chose Brin’s Mesa. It’s well known for its stunning views of the Red Rocks. It can be a little difficult to locate the trail head but it begins at the end of West Park Ridge Dr which turns into a bumpy dirt/asphalt road for the last mile before the parking. Any passenger car should be able to make it as long as you go slow and take your time. We were in a rush due to the rapidly darkening sky. After a bit of futzing around we found the trail and headed up to Brin’s Mesa. With only a short climb you are very quickly rewarded with some great views of the canyons and red rocks surrounding Sedona.
We ran into a very friendly local who pointed out some of the local flowering plants. Just as we reached the “Mesa” the rain started and we made a hasty retreat back to the car. If the weather allows you can push past Brin’s Mesa and continue to make a counter-clockwise loop (via Soldier’s Pass trail and Jordan trail) for a total distance of 7 miles. We hope to return and complete the loop with better weather.
Distance: 3.3 miles
Elevation: 550 feet