If you’re ready for an uphill trek, the very popular Doe Mountain trail is a great choice. With an elevation change of 524 feet, the trail will zig-zag you quickly up the side of Doe Mountain onto a somewhat flat, bare rock mesa. Follow the rock cairns there at the top to the other side and enjoy spectacular 360° views of Sedona and the Secret Mountain Wilderness. But use caution here: the trail ends in a ledge that drops off several hundred feet!

Doe Mountain

How to get to Doe Mountain Trailhead:

Zero out your trip odometer and begin at the roundabout in Highway 179 known as the “Y” near Uptown Sedona. Travel southwest on Hwy. 89A toward Cottonwood. Turn right on Dry Creek Road. Drive to the stop sign at 6.1 miles (9.8 km) where it joins Boynton Pass Road and turn left. Travel to the 7.7 mile (12.3 km) point and turn left onto this stretch of Boynton Pass Road again. At the 8.9 mile (14.3 km) point on odometer, the parking area will be on your left.


  • Trail open year round.
  • Difficulty: Moderate. Stay alert noting entry and exit points and take care at the top ledge, which drops off several hundred feet.
  • A Red Rock pass is mandatory.
  • Usage: Moderate to Heavy but there is ample parking (as well as restroom facilities).
  • Elevation: Gain 524 feet; Elevation Min. / Max: 4602 to 5126.
  • Length: about 0.9 mile each way, 1.8 miles total.
  • Facilities: yes.
  • Dogs allowed on a leash.

Special Tips:

  • Hiking shoes or boots are recommended.
  • In springtime, the weather on the trail can be sunny and warm, or cold and blustery, so plan accordingly. In summer, this trail will be hot, so hike early.
  • This trail is not recommended for very small children. A walking stick is a nice way to stabilize your balance along the way, but is not necessary.
  • Always take plenty of water, especially in warmer weather, and possibly a snack, but please remember, “Leave no trace” and take what you brought along home with you.
  • Take your camera and binoculars to capture the views.
  • Parking: Early in the morning is a good time to assure parking, especially on weekends and holidays.
  • Read all signs at trail head. Don’t hike alone, and let others know where you’re headed—just in case!

By Lynn A. Trombetta