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
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
. 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.
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.