Directions: From Phoenix, AZ, take I-17N for 74 miles. Take exit 298 onto AZ-179N. Drive ~8 miles to the Bell Rock Trail parking area on your right.
About the Hike: This is a relaxing, easy 2.4-mile loop trail near Bell Rock. Start out on the Bell Rock Pathway.
You'll start walking along this enjoyable fence line pathway at Big Loop trailhead.
I took a left at the end of the fence-lined trail and wandered along the perimeter of Bell Rock. A little way down the path, you'll have the opportunity to veer off onto the Llama or Baby Bell trails.
I decided to continue along the Bell Rock Pathway.
The courthouse came into view as I walked along the backside of Bell Rock.
I loved this old wooden bridge providing safe passage across the dry creek wash. The dark clouds above gave me pause as I imagined a flash flood rushing through that wash.
At the trail's end, you'll be rewarded with a spectacular view of Cathedral Rock.