Soldier's pass and devil's kitchen Hot
From the Phoenix area, take I-17 North to exit 298 to HWY 179 West into Sedona. Follow the signs to 89A West. Turn right 1.2 miles after the junction on Soldier Pass Road, driving another 1.4 miles. Turn right on Rim Shadows and follow the curve 0.2 miles to the junction of Rim Shadows and Canyon Shadows. Follow the signs to the parking area along Canyon Shadows Road.
gradual climb through a canyon with some unique features
Sedona has recently instituted a "Red Rock Pass", which is a fancy way of saying you need to pay to play. As of May, 2002, the fee is $5 per day per vehicle. There are plenty of places in and around Sedona to pay this fee and get the receipt, which you need to put on your vehicle dash to keep from being towed.
This hike enables you to get up close with some of the more unique features of the Sedona canyons. There is a cool sink hole that you reach after about 1/4 of a mile. Stay on the trail (marked by Cairns) and stay away from the Jeep road. The walking trail follows (not to closely) along the right side of the Jeep road.
Further along the trail are seven holes caved out of the slickrock known as the 'Seven Sacred Pools'. These don't quite live up to their name, as they're just some pockets that catch seasonal water. Once past the wilderness boundary, take the right fork to hike up to the arches (or the left fork to hike to the Brin's Mesa trail). I thought the arches were the most interesting feature of this hike. You can hike right up to them and climb around. Watch your step!