Great trail... approx. 5 miles long... beautiful views, not difficult unless you are afraid of... read more
Can it be hiked in running shoes? Yes. Should it be hiked in running shoes? No. Running shoes are built for running, not for hiking Sedona's rocky terrain. By wearing hiking boots, you dramatically reduce your risks of... More
Can it be hiked in running shoes? Yes. Should it be hiked in running shoes? No. Running shoes are built for running, not for hiking Sedona's rocky terrain. By wearing hiking boots, you dramatically reduce your risks of slips and falls. You also dramatically increase your comfort and pleasure ... your step-by-step sense of confidence and security. From twists and ankle sprains to deaths (two fatal falls, on the final approach to Devil's Bridge, in the last few years), your running shoes are asking for trouble. One proof of the pudding: the Sedona Westerners hiking club, here for more than fifty years and now counting almost 400 members, has an absolute, no-exception rule requiring all hikers to wear lug-sole boots. But, I'm often asked, "What if I'm not comfortable with a high boot?" Low/medium/high is your choice. While I recommend medium or high boots to stabilize and protect the feet and ankles, the key, regardless of the height of the boot, is the lug-sole tread. All good quality hiking boots (and there are many) offer the black, lug-sole tread built and patterned for rough terrain and multi-directional traction. Running shoe treads are built and patterned differently, for completely different purposes and traction. Don't be fooled by the uninformed and inexperienced comments of those who were fortunate enough to survive their foolish forays.