Twin Buttes Loop

 12 votes

8.3 Miles 13.3 Kilometers

95%

Singletrack

780' 238 m

Ascent

-780' -238 m

Descent

4,614' 1,406 m

High

4,220' 1,286 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

All Clear

4,614' 1,406 m

High

4,220' 1,286 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Spectacular scenery covering many singletrack trails.

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Overview

A great link-up of several of Sedona's most scenic trails. There is a great variety of riding: smooth flow on dirt, plenty of slickrock fun, and many challenging rock drops and climbs. There are no sustained climbs or descents, and no sections are very easy (or difficult) for very long. Though sections of the trail are rated Difficult, this is suitable for an intermediate rider willing with hop off the bike regularly - and it's worth it!

Need To Know

The local FS rates this trail as single and double diamond with a warning sign near the start of Broken Arrow that this is an "expert" trail. Somewhere near the 7.3 mi, Peccary Trail turns into Hog Heaven for the remainder of the ride. Rated a double diamond.

Description

Start out with Broken Arrow Trail, a wide singletrack with some flowing sections, but lots of rock steps. They're not large, but the rocks are slick and some are tough to climb up. Going down them is definitely easier.

In less than a mile, take a left on the Submarine Rock Trail and follow smooth singletrack to an intersection with a dirt road. Cross the road and watch your speed as you hit a stone staircase down to a ravine. Hike back out and there's more singletrack that curves around the left side of the submarine-shaped rock all the way to the backside. Here you'll find a ramp system that you can ride ride up to the top of the rock and play around on the slickrock. There's fantastic scenery in all directions. Enjoy the view, then turn around the return the same way.

Continue on Broken Arrow Trail until it ends at Chicken Point - and another great view.

Pick up the Little Horse Trail, which is significantly smoother, faster, and easier than most in this area, and it's fun to open it up a bit on the beautifully banked turns through Juniper forests. Just watch out for oncoming traffic on the occasional rocky section! The scenery is spectacular, as is the norm for this area.

Follow the Bell Rock Trail for a short section until you arrive at the Mystic Trail, which has three distinct sections:

The southern end (near the start at the Bell Rock Trail) suffers from highway noise and overhead power lines and is not very aesthetic.

The middle section is actually on paved roads through a neighborhood. The USFS has put up carsonite trail markers, but they're very hard to follow. Use the MTB Project MTB Project mobile app to stay on the path!

The northern section is very nice, fast, and flowy singletrack. Very fun and well built, this part is the only one that is a worthwhile destination.

Just before the Mystic Trail ends at a road, find a right turn on Pig Tail Trail and then an immediate left on Peccary Trail. This is a great finish to a great ride. Many sections are fast and flowing, but several tiny sections are very technical with drops and rock ledges.

This will end back on the Broken Arrow Trail. Take a left and you'll be back at your car in a second or two.

There are many ways to extend this into a longer loop. Check out the Llama Trail for an idea.

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Sep 28, 2016
DARREN SIMPSON
Apr 7, 2016
Volker Pru
Apr 6, 2016
Chris Martin
Jan 23, 2016
Jamieson Dodge
Oct 10, 2015
Ryan Strathearn
A great ride. Very challenging to clean it all and I consider myself an advanced rider. I got most of it, but it took all I had to do it.
Aug 11, 2015
Mark Kelleher
Twin butte is not double diamond. Very enjoyable and somewhat challenging but there weren't many technical sections. Hog heaven was too steep ...
Dec 17, 2014
bryan dennehy
NOT a intermediate trail! FS posts it as expert and they are correct
Oct 9, 2014
Rosie Nosy

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  4.3 from 12 votes

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in Sedona

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