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Dead Horse Ranch State Park Ride

Consensus:    (details)
 3.3 from 3 votes
greenBlue  Easy/Intermediate from 2 votes
Rank: #10 in the Sedona area
#72 in AZ, #1,282 Overall
Views: 2,396. Last 30 days: 282
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Condition:
Nov 12 Green - about an inch of powder dust on trail, or loose sand
Featured Ride near Cottonwood,  area, 
“A little known trail that can compete with Sedona.”
Hillary Mathis on Jul 26, 2013
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13.922.3 milesKilometers 1,211’369 m Ascent 4,302’1,311 m High 3% Avg Grade (2°)
80% Singletrack -1,210’-369 m Descent 3,319’1,012 m Low 22% Max Grade (12°)
Overview
1:45 average ride time for 14.0 miles. Details

The upper part of this trail is new and waiting for people to break it in. The entire trail is exposed and best ridden in the spring and fall. The uphill sections of the trail are fairly smooth. Thumper trail is fast and flowy. Lime Kiln is a blast going down, even with the few techy sections. Limme Kiln is all rideable for intermediate and advanced riders with a couple parts that beginners may have to walk.
Need To Know
There is a $6/day fee to drive into Dead Horse Ranch State Park. The trail is at the far end of the tent camping area.
Description
The trail is best ridden starting the lower loop in a clockwise direction and riding the trail as a figure eight. All the lower trails are marked with signs. Start your ride on the Lower Raptor Hill trail. This will be all climbing. Continue on the Upper Raptor Hill trail. When you get to the top you'll turn on to Rusty Bucket. Be prepared for a bumpy downhill.

Rusty Bucket ends on a jeep road. Take this down to the center of the 8 and continue on Thumper. Thumper is fast and flowy. Have a blast.

Take Thumper to Lime Kiln and blast back down to the park. There is a little spur called Rattlesnake Wash Overlook Spur towards the end, off of Lime Kiln, that has a nice view looking south.
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Land Manager: Arizona State Parks
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 2.3 from 3 votes
Rattlesnake Wash Overlook (Cottonwood-Verde Village, AZ)
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