The Baldwin Loop Trail provides excellent red rock views with the opportunity to hike down to the banks of Oak Creek. This hike provides wonderful views of Cathedral Rock. Take a short side trip down the Templeton Trail and in about 0.2 mile you'll be along Oak Creek. You can see the area called "Buddha Beach" across Oak Creek where visitors construct stone pillars from the river rock. You may be lucky and see hundreds of the rock structures. If you continue along the Templeton trail for another 0.5 mile you'll find yourself at the base of Cathedral Rock. You have the option here of hiking up to the vortex located in the "saddle" of Cathedral Rock.
NOTE: Sedona hiking trails can change because of weather, Forest Service activity or other causes. For the latest trail description, go to GreatSedonaHikes.com, or purchase a copy of Great Sedona Hikes hiking guide available here.