Templeton Trail

Consensus:    (details)
  3.8 from 12 votes
blue  Intermediate from 6 votes
Rank: #17 in the Sedona area
#62 in AZ, #2,621 Overall
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Mar 23 Green - Dry / Sandy in some spots
Trail in the area near Village of Oak Creek (Big Park),
“Fun singletrack with some technical sections, leading to a beautiful streamside along Oak Creek.”
The Kraken on May 1, 2013
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3.45.5 milesKilometers 84’26 m Ascent 4,296’1,309 m High 3% Avg Grade (2°)
Singletrack Type -400’-122 m Descent 3,976’1,212 m Low 21% Max Grade (12°)
Starting at Slim Shady, this trail heads west, past the popular Cathedral Rock hiking trail, to a beautiful lunch spot on Oak Creek, then connects to the Baldwin Loop.

Templeton is more difficult than Slim Shady - it's still worth doing for intermediate riders but they'll find themselves walking a bit. The first section from Slim Shady is fairly mellow, with only a few very short rocky areas, but mostly just twisty red dirt cruising. The trail turns to 100% red rock as you contour around and cross the Cathedral Rock Trail.

Cathedral Rock Trail is hikers-only, and gets people up from the nearby trailhead up to the top of Cathedral Rock. Pay attention and be courteous here - it's an incredibly popular area for hikers, notably less experienced hikers. You'll likely get a few questions or comments from incredulous people asking if you've really ridden your bicycle to this spot! Although it's busy, there is some fun playing that can be done on all the red rock around this area.

The descent from Catherdral Rock area is the trickiest part of the trail, though most of it is rideable without terrible consequences if you fall. You'll follow several switchbacks and ride or walk over a sustained rocky section before reaching the bottom. Here, you'll be rewarded with a much more lush area along Oak Creek. There are plenty of spots for a dip if you're hot, then a rocky technical section to the end where Baldwin Loop starts.
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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 (13)
Sample eight west Sedona trails with this loop.
near West Sedona, AZ
4.5 (14)
The best introduction to the red rocks and magnificent views of Sedona.
near West Sedona, AZ

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PHOTOS of Templeton Trail
  4.3 from 3 votes
It doesn't get much better than riding at sunset in Sedona. (West Sedona, AZ)
  4.3 from 3 votes
Gorgeous view of the valley. (Village of Oak Creek (Big Park), AZ)
  4.0 from 4 votes
Susan rides the nice slickrock benches on the Cathedral Rock Loop (Sedona, AZ)
  3.7 from 3 votes
riding along the base of cathedral (Sedona, AZ)
  3.7 from 3 votes
At the base of Cathedral Rock (Sedona, AZ)
  3.0 from 3 votes
At the base of Cathedral Rock (Sedona, AZ)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Cathedral! (Sedona, AZ)
  3.0 from 3 votes
A view from the HT-Templeton intersection. (Sedona, AZ)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Bit of a climb (Sedona, AZ)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Riding the ridge (Sedona, AZ)
  3.0 from 3 votes
At the base of Cathedral Rock (Sedona, AZ)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Riding Templeton west from Easy Breezy the returning east on Easy Breezy... (Village of Oak Creek (Big Park), AZ)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Cathedral Rock (Sedona, AZ)
  2.0 from 3 votes
On Templeton (Sedona, AZ)