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Harding Springs is a system trail in the Coconino National Forest. Designated as Trail #51, it is well marked with signs and easy to follow. This trail originally was one of several that provided a way for cattlemen to drive their stock in and out of Oak Creek Canyon.
For today's hiker, that means it's wider than most Oak Creek Canyon trails and not as steep as some. So, if you're looking for a gradual climb to the canyon rim, complete with rest stops along the way where you can enjoy the view both up and down canyon, you've found it. As an added bonus there is a cave just off the trail as you near the top (SHOWN BELOW).
FINDING THE TRAILHEAD
The Cave Springs Campground is located 13 miles north of Sedona in Scenic Oak Creek Canyon. There is a designated parking area just as you turn into the campground that is for day use of the creek and for hiking the Harding Springs Trail. There is no fee required to park here.
Moderate due to steep elevation gain
1.6 miles roundtrip
EST HIKING TIME
1.5 -2 hrs roundtrip
BEST TIME TO GO
Yes. Must be leashed. Please
pick up after your pet.