The trailhead can be found near the two parking lots at the Springs Mountain Visitor Center in Maizie Canyon. Hiking through mostly thick forest provides ample shade, although this is desert terrain. Thick copses of aspen and evergreens are sun-shunning canopies that keep you cool. Because of the elevation at the top, be sure to bring plenty of water and a bowl for Fido to avoid dehydration and elevation sickness. A fountain at the trailhead is a pawrfect spot to fill your water bottles.
The beginning of the trail is at a set of stone stairs that take you to the marker, and from here, you and Fido will change direction several times on the dirt and gravel path. The first stop is Echo Cliffs with a sheer drop-off of 1,000 feet and a spot-tacular view! Continue on a level stroll along the saddle that joins Echo Cliffs with the climb to Cathedral Rock. The last .25 mile is quite steep, and covered with rock, loose shale and slate. One of the popular times to hike this trail is at or near sunset when the pawsome view becomes even more barktiful. Just remember to bring a flashlight for the dark descent!
Wildflowers in the spring and summer, and wildlife year-round are added attractions on this trail. This is the only place in the world to see the endangered Palmer Chipmunk. You'll also likely see deer and possibly mountain lions, so keep Fido nearby. If your greatest wish is a silent trail experience, come in the early morning before the parking lots and trail become filled. Many benches line the path which are pawrfect for resting, having a shot of water or even a picnic. A picnic area near the trailhead is a grreat spot for this, too.
For the feel of a mountain climb that is short enough to do in a morning or afternoon, the Cathedral Rock Trail is pawrfection!