3. Teacup/ Sugarloaf Summit Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Moderate if you combine with the Sugarloaf Summit)
Distance: 1.3 miles out-and-back or 2 mile loop if combining Sugarloaf
Location: Buena Vista Dr Sedona, AZ 86336
Sedona’s Teacup Trail is what I consider to be one of the best values in town for several reasons. This hike is close to town, does not require an annoying drive down a dirt road to get to the trail-head, and offers some stunning scenery without any steep climbing required. At just a little over 2 miles round-trip with just a few minor inclines, it is pretty much easy enough for the beginning hiker. The nice aspect of this trail is the unique scenery – you really get to enjoy some views here that you will not find along any of the other trails.
Along this fabulous trail, you will get to take in so many of Sedona’s stunning rock formations, all of which are named after the shape they resemble. This hike in particular will give you the best views of Coffeepot Rock named as so because it resembles a coffeepot. If you look closely at the photo above, you can make out the coffee spout and lid. For a shorter, more scenic, & a more of a challenge, you have the option of connecting this trail with the Sugarloaf Summit trail, where you will climb a steep, yet short 0.2 mile climb up to an amazing overlook with more breathtaking 360 degree red rock vistas in every direction. It’s a must if you are up for a little more of a challenge.