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Courthouse Vista Loop

Consensus:    (details)
  4.0 from 8 votes
blue  Intermediate from 3 votes
Rank: #9 in the Sedona area
#40 in AZ, #1,027 Overall
Views: 4,200. Last 30 days: 73
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Featured Ride in the area near Village of Oak Creek (Big Park),
“A fast, fun, and scenic intermediate tour of the Courthouse Butte area.”
Nick Wilder on Feb 19, 2014
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6.09.7 milesKilometers 399’122 m Ascent 4,446’1,355 m High 3% Avg Grade (1°)
100% Singletrack -399’-122 m Descent 4,163’1,269 m Low 11% Max Grade (6°)
1:20 average time for 6.1 miles. Details

One of the better intermediate link-ups in all of Sedona. Remarkable scenery and some technical challenges will give intermediates something to work for, but plenty of fast and smooth flow trail will keep everyone smiling.
Starting from the Courthouse Butte Vista parking area, start out on Phone Trail with fast smooth singletrack until it ends at the Bell Rock Path. Quickly take a right on Baby Bell Trail which quickly ends at Llama Trail.

Go left on the Llama trail for a long, fun ride with moderate grades and excellent flow. A few rock ledges on the southern end make for some technical fun, but it's otherwise a fast and very scenic cruise.

Llama ends at an intersection with Little Horse Trail. Go left and bump down a more rocky trail with excellent rock armor work. Some folks will want to walk a couple of short sections here. As you reach the end of this trail, you'll come to a wash with a huge stratified rock face - go left and then right in 100 feet. Use the MTB Project mobile app to stay on the trail. There are three options, and don't worry if you take the wrong one - they all end on the Bell Rock Trail in a 100 yards or so.

From there, hop on HT Trail, through a culvert and a under a bridge, with a few rocky sections and short steep climbs. It's generally pretty easy.

Pass by Easy Breezy Trail until you get to Templeton Trail. Follow Templeton up and down easy hills on fast and fun trail under a pair of culverts back to the Bell Rock Trail, then take Phone Trail back to the start.
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5.0 (2)
The Full Meal Deal, Hiline-Hangover-Hogs all in one!!! + many more
near Village of Oak Creek (Big Park), AZ
4.7 (18)
Sample eight west Sedona trails with this loop.
near West Sedona, AZ
4.5 (14)
An epic, unique adventure that most would consider more of a hike than a ride...
near Sedona, AZ

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PHOTOS of Courthouse Vista Loop
  4.8 from 6 votes
Easy going with big views is what you'll find riding in the Phone Trail. (Village of Oak Creek (Big Park), AZ)
  4.3 from 6 votes
Short connection for Little Horse to the HT trail. (Village of Oak Creek (Big Park), AZ)
  4.3 from 3 votes
Llama trail alternates between singletrack in the pinons and open runs o... (Village of Oak Creek (Big Park), AZ)
  4.0 from 4 votes
Big rocky drop on an otherwise fast and smooth trail. (Village of Oak Creek (Big Park), AZ)
  4.0 from 3 votes
Fun and scenery on the HT Trail (Village of Oak Creek (Big Park), AZ)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Courthouse Peak rises over the Llama Trail. (Village of Oak Creek (Big Park), AZ)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Stunning views crossing under Hwy 179 on the HT Trail. (Village of Oak Creek (Big Park), AZ)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Bit of a climb (Village of Oak Creek (Big Park), AZ)
  3.0 from 3 votes
A view from the HT-Templeton intersection. (Village of Oak Creek (Big Park), AZ)
  3.0 from 2 votes
Llama trail has a few fun sections of slickrock, and many sections of gr... (Village of Oak Creek (Big Park), AZ)
  3.0 from 2 votes
More fun slickrock on the Llama Trail (Village of Oak Creek (Big Park), AZ)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Llama Trail - A few quick rocky climbs and easy rolling slick rock with ... (Village of Oak Creek (Big Park), AZ)