ElevationAscent: 206' 63 m
Descent: -166' -51 m
High: 4,710' 1,436 m
Low: 4,520' 1,378 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)
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“Excellent, scenic, rideable slickrock singletrack.”— Leslie Kehmeier
The trail tops out and then travels toward Mescal Mountain, a gigantic red sandstone butte. The meat of the route is a traverse on the southern side along a long continuous slickrock ledge.
After some fun and flowy red dirt trail, there's one big push onto the first section of slickrock. Its a little off camber so some will have to dismount and push up. Once on the sandstone surface youll pedal along a fairly level elevation, occasionally going up down or around short sections of steps or boulders.
There are two optional splits that cover the first and second third of the route. Difficult is the easier line while Expert is for very experienced riders who are comfortable with off-camber and exposed moves.
As Mescal rounds the butte on the west end, the view becomes breathtaking into Boynton Canyon. Take in the scenery before a somewhat rowdy quick descent to the end of the trail. Turn right here to access Deadmans Pass or bear left to connect to Aerie.
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Local Club: Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition
Land Manager: USFS - Coconino National Forest Office
Jul 16, 2019: Temporary forest closure order in effect for Newman Fire
Jul 15, 2019: Heavy smoke expected from Newman Fire today