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Twin Buttes Loop

 19 votes

8.5 Miles 13.7 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

756' 230 m

Ascent

-755' -230 m

Descent

4,612' 1,406 m

High

4,223' 1,287 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

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Spectacular scenery covering many singletrack trails.

Nick Wilder

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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Nov 12, 2017
Amy W
Extended to ride down and back on HT Trail to Slim Shady. 16.6mi — 2h 48m
Oct 22, 2017
Greg Duran
Added 4 miles to and from Los Abrigados Resort. Total ride 12.5 miles
Oct 5, 2017
Michael Lincroft
Sep 21, 2017
Linda Lee
Love this trail as you're up close and personal riding the rocks. 8mi
Sep 21, 2017
Ray David
8.1mi — 2h 27m
Sep 18, 2017
Matt Faldmo
Jan 28, 2017
Mark Gibbons

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Chris Grove
Flagstaff, AZ
Chris Grove   Flagstaff, AZ
Be careful going down Little Horse. Very fun and fast with lots of blind corners and LOTS of hikers. Feb 18, 2014

 
This loop description is pretty good until you get to the Pigtail trail. This section of trail is very confusing to first time riders. If I were to describe this section going from Pigtail to Peccary what is written above is totally incorrect unless the FS has changed the trail names that have existed since the trails were built about seven years ago by mountain bikers. If you were to take Pigtail you would ride to Hogtail to Hog Heaven to Hog Wash to Broken Arrow to complete your loop. If the signage is different than my description please leave a comment to correct my local knowledge. When I rode the Peccary trail a couple weeks ago it was a new short trail between the Cemetery trail and Pigtail. The FS may have changed the trail names around recently, but the last time I rode Peccary it did not include Hog Wash. The IMBA map doesn't even include the Hog Heaven or Hog Wash trails they call them Pigtail which is really confusing. If someone rides this loop please advise what trail names you encountered. Mar 24, 2014

 
This is a stunningly beautiful ride, but unless you are pretty good at climbing up 2ft to 10 ft ledges and dealing with drop-offs with cactus on both sides if you biff it, you will likely be doing a hike a bike alot. You know, the reward risk thing. The photo ops are great! May 15, 2014

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