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Old Post to Ridge Loop

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6.7 Miles 10.8 Kilometers



763' 233 m


-763' -233 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (9°)

4,431' 1,350 m


4,033' 1,229 m


Shared By Nick Wilder


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Not the best in Sedona, but a solid ride with good optional extensions.

Nick Wilder

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This is a good ride but not one of the very best for the area. However, it is easily accessible from West Sedona and the high school and is a great quick workout.

There are many places to park/start this ride - take a look at the map and choose any of them, or add on Herkenham Trail for a harder start/finish. I prefer to start where shown here because you get all the climbing over with on the first half and have a really fun descent on Ridge Trail.


As described here, start on Old Post Trail - a mellow, winding trail, climbing gently on mostly smooth dirt with a few smaller rocks thrown in. After it passes Herkenham Trail, the climb becomes more difficult with a steady grade, loose soil, and rock steps along the way.

The reward for the climb is a very nice, flowy section of trail descending back down the other side. It's mostly hard-packed red dirt, winding through bright green Junipers.

From here, you may consider a side trip up Bandit to Airport Loop to Tabletop. This is an advanced, tough climb, but the views from the end of Tabletop are some of the best in Sedona, which says a lot.

Back to this ride... continue on Ridge Trail, which runs south through a pasture with easy flowing turns. The route is relatively flat except for a few cobbly dry stream crossings.

After passing the Carroll Canyon intersection Ridge starts to climb steadily to a high point overlooking Oak Creek Canyon and Cathedral Rock.

From there the trail descends gradually across sandstone before plunging down a few rocky technical sections. Stay right at the bottom of the last section and roll out to the road.

Go down the road a short ways until you reach Secret Slickrock. Enjoy playing on the slickrock, then find your way off the west end and find the Ramshead Trail. This descends quickly at first and then mellows out into a rolling traverse northwest.

When the trail hits the creek bottom you'll have to push through the sand and then climb a rock staircase to get to the other side.

Ramshead finishes with more mellow twisting singletrack before hitting the Old Post Trail intersection. Take a left and you'll be back where you started in a few seconds.


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Mar 3, 2019
stephen start
Mar 3, 2019
Feb 9, 2019
Eric Volk
Very challenging climb in and out. The rest is flowing and fun, but it’s technical climbing in and out and tiring. 6.5mi
Dec 23, 2018
Matt Pasley
Great area to ride. Lots of options and loops for miles
Dec 18, 2018
Colin Gruen
Solid. So surprises. More blue than blueblack
Nov 17, 2018
Rob Stansfield
Fabulous loop! But Penny says we should ‘counterbalance the narrative’, so here goes. We walked our bikes quite a bit on this lovely ride ... 7mi
Apr 23, 2018
Chase Rosenberg
Mar 30, 2018
George Young

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The above loop description is pretty good. This is not a loop I would suggest to anyone unless they had ridden about 15 other more popular loops. Certainly the loops in the close by Soldiers Wash area are more enjoyable. The optional section out Table Top is somewhat misleading, this is an out and back that sucks for riders. It is true the views are excellent, but the trail is only rideable by highly skilled riders. Most riders will walk a lot of that trail certainly in the back section to Airport Loop. Also the Bandit/Airport Loop trails are very challenging in the uphill direction to Table Top. Most riders will not be happy climbing those trails. If you love difficult climbs the climb up to the Table Top trail will be a dream come true for others it will be very challenging. The locals use to take tourist riders up Airport Loop to torture them. I have taken tourists up there who kicked my butt, so not everyone will dislike the climb. Mar 24, 2014

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