Temple of Diana
The Temple of Diana is a social route ascending to one of the most prominent peaks overlooking Sedona. The lower portion of the route follows a drainage and is extremely steep. It would be rated as difficult by itself, but once you finish the steep section there is some route finding across a narrow ridge of rock to reach the most dramatic point. The combination of steepness and the route finding at the end make this summit a thrilling achievement for hikers that accomplish it.
WARNING: THIS ROUTE IS RATED AS EXTREME. IT SHOULD ONLY BE ATTEMPTED BY HIKERS WITH EXTENSIVE BACKCOUNTRY EXPERIENCE.
FINDING THE TRAILHEAD
The Temple of Diana is accessed from a roadside parking area on Schnebly Hill Rd. A high clearance 4x4 is required to park close to the beginning of the route. From the junction of Hwy 89A and 179 (the double roundabout), take Hwy 179 south, cross the bridge over Oak Creek, and exit left onto Schnebly Hill Rd at the next roundabout.
Take Schnebly Hill Rd approximately .7 miles beyond the paved parking area where the road turns to dirt. Park at the mouth of a wash on the right side of the road and start walking up that wash. The route will get extremely steep. Once you reach the saddle at the top turn left onto the ridge jutting out from Munds Mountain. This is where the route finding comes in. Do not go across the top of the ridge. Instead go around the first high spot on the right, and the second high spot on the left (see detail map below). This will take you all the way out on the point of the ridge.
There is a sign in register and sometimes a pirate flag that you can raise to let every one in Uptown Sedona know that someone has reached the summit.
3.6 miles out and back
3-4 hours round trip
Sept - May. Hike early in the morning to avoid the summer heat.