Stiletto & Sunrise Ledge
These three locations are a grand slam for photographers and are within a stone's throw of each other. Accessed via an easy hike, it seems like this would be one of the most popular destinations in Sedona, but so far it gets few visitors. Photographers will find great light here both early in the morning and late in the afternoon.
FINDING THE SOCIAL TRAIL
Take the Bear Mountain Trail approximately 1 mile. When you near top of the second step look for a social trail breaking to the right (see photo below). The photo below was taken from Doe Mountain and shows the approximate routes of both the Bear Mountain system trail and the social that leads to the Stiletto.
The critical turn is just BEFORE you reach the BIG cliff at the top of the second step. The Bear Mountain system trail goes to the left of the cliff and behind a large boulder at this point (shown below). If you reach this spot you have just gone a little too far.
For scale there is a hiker standing on that smaller point in the photo below.
Once you drop down to the Sunrise Ledge there is a cliff dwelling and the remains of a Prohibition-era still.
The Sunrise Ledge becomes extemely narrow if you continue beyond the ruins (hiker shown below). If you love the headrush that comes from walking on narrow ledges, you'll love this one.
Those wanting to combine the Stiletto with the summit of Bear Mountain can connect social trail with the system trail. A short detour to the right of this route leads to Mystery Cave, a more photo worth grabbing even if you plan to go back the way you came. The cave is somewhat difficult to climb into, but most hikers will be able to make it. The "cave" is actually an arch, so it's possible to continue through and uphill to the Fay-Bear Connector route, but you'll encounter more brush going this way.
2 miles out and back
2-3 hours round trip
Yes for the Stiletto. No for the Sunrise Ledge. Do not visit archaeological sites with your pet.