Training on the Airport Mesa Trail Loop, Devil’s Bridge In Sedona AZ

Something a little bit different this time for training since I was traveling last week (Jacksonville, FL) and only got home for less than 24 hours before heading out again to Arizona.

I landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport around 2pm local time, jump straight on to the rental car shuttle bus and made my way to the nearby rental car park.

After getting myself a nice 2017 Toyota Camry SE from the Emerald Aisle and using the Emerald Club checkout from the mobile app for the first time, I set the navi towards Sedona.

I managed to get there around 4:30pm and headed to The Hudson for a sunset dinner which turned out pretty nice and the food was decent.

STEAK AND BLUE CHOP SALAD – marinated tenderloin, mixed greens, egg, tomato, avocado, bacon, hearts of palm, blue cheese crumbs, crispy onions, ancho balsamic dressing.

SAUTÉED SHRIMP – reduced white wine, butter, tomato, scallions, spices.

After that, over to the nearby hotel to get an early night (not hard, thank you jetlag!) to be up bright and early to head to the Airport Mesa Trail to watch the sunrise at around 7:30am.

Getting there was quick, and I was able to park at the bottom of the hill where there is space for around 10 cars (free parking!) versus further up the hill where you need to pay $3 for the day.

It was a little bit cold, but without much wind it wasn’t so bad. The Sunrise was amazing to watch and definitely worthwhile getting up to see it.

GPS (Map): 34°51’19.7″N 111°46’50.5″W

Sunrise in Sedona – looking towards Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock.

After that, I set out on my hike, GoPro hero5 with Karma Grip attached to my GoPro Seeker backpack… Works amazingly, and I’ll be making a video once I get around to editing the footage together.

The hike took around 1 hour 30 minutes and was fairly easy, not a lot of elevation change and with all the beautiful scenery it was hard to not to stop to take photos.

Cathedral Rock

After wrapping up that hike by early morning, it was time to drive across to the next stop, Devil’s Bridge Trail.

GPS (Map): 34°54’11.6″N 111°48’50.3″W

A recommendation from a friend, I made it to the outer car park where I parked the car and had read there was a dirt road that you needed to walk to get to the trail head.

Path leading towards the Devil’s Bridge Trail Head

 

After reaching to the top I took a few photos of the bridge and then headed back to the car.

All in all a fabulous day out and will definitely go back again!

Devil’s Bridge

Quite a pleasant walk with a few vehicles going by to spice things up I made it to the trail head. After that it was a nice 30 minute or so with plenty of great scenery to take in and on this hike a good number more people were also there, compared with the Airport Mesa where I saw 2 people in total (and I did see the same guy and his dog twice!).