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Mescal

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (65)

Excellent, scenic, rideable slickrock singletrack.


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Map Key

2.4

Miles

3.9

KM

Singletrack

4,710' 1,436 m

High

4,520' 1,378 m

Low

206' 63 m

Up

166' 51 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

The southeast end of Mescal is accessed from the Long Canyon trailhead. Youll be cranking on the pedals right away to get up the initial climb. Its short, rocky and quickly transitions back to rolling trail.

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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Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier

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  4.6 from 65 votes

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  4.6 from 65 votes
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Photos

Dropping off the second 'extreme' option on Mescal.
Feb 24, 2014 near West Se…, AZ
Although there are some sketchy sections, most of the trail is rideable by intermediate riders.
Nov 1, 2016 near West Se…, AZ
The slickrock singletrack is endless on Mescal
Feb 24, 2014 near West Se…, AZ
Mescal Trail approaching its namesake butte.
Feb 24, 2014 near West Se…, AZ
With such amazing surroundings, it's difficult to keep your eyes on the trail - but make sure that you do, even a minor spill could leave you full of cactus needles!
Sep 4, 2015 near West Se…, AZ
The far end of Mescal looking up Boynton Canyon.
Feb 24, 2014 near West Se…, AZ

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May 2, 2021
Bill Tanner
This trail is normally, and most enjoyable, ridden North to South. But for some reason MTB Proj has the preferred direction wrong as usual.
Mar 18, 2021
Roger Coss
Nov 30, 2020
Jef Brown
Nov 24, 2019
Justin Smith
Oct 28, 2019
Kate Wilson
Distance w chuckeagkn 9.1mi
Oct 19, 2019
Joel Lopez
3mi
Aug 15, 2019
Robert Peterson
Great ride, views are amazing, some technical sections but all can be walked if it's above your skill level
Apr 21, 2019
Rick Garcia