Bell Rock / Courthouse Butte / Spaceship Rock
This flat loop around massive Courthouse Butte takes you to two interesting rock formations:
Bell Rock (a well-known landmark and purported vortex site) and Spaceship Rock (hidden and under-appreciated).
||From the 89A / 179 "Y" ... take 179 south 6.4 miles;
parking lot is on your left (just before Bell Rock Blvd).
||5 miles (loop) Elevation change: 200 ft
||Names on trail signs are sometimes confusing, because sections of the Courthouse Loop trail coincide with two other trails (Big Park Loop and Bell Rock Pathway).
(Going counterclockwise around Courthouse Butte)
Bell Rock from the south
(note profile of face looking upward)
Coyote tracks and tiny flowers along the trail
Courthouse Butte from the southeast, and the Rabbit Ears
Bell Rock from the climbable north side.
The "bell rock trail" lets you climb part|
way up; the "path" and "loop" take you around the base, back to your car.