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3.1 mile 5.0 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 326' 99 m
Descent: -695' -212 m
High: 4,646' 1,416 m
Low: 4,086' 1,245 m


Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)


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Amazing views mixed with technical riding and severe exposure.

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Starting from Slim Shady Trail near Yavapai Vista trailhead, it's a steep, technical climb to the top of the mesa. Along the way, the trail snakes along the cliff edge until topping out with amazing views all around. The trip down the other side includes a long stretch of slickrock as well as several steep, highly technical chutes, until the trail ends at the Baldwin Loop and the west side of Cathedral Rock.

This trail includes steep technical riding, and very narrow singletrack with severe exposure. There are spots all along where a fall could result in severe injury or a long freefall. Be realistic about your skills and walk where necessary.


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May 18, 2019
Cass Robinson
Pretty narrow, steep ledge on one side for a bit of it, but a fast, flowy downhill! 2.5mi
May 4, 2019
Thomas Guevara
Apr 27, 2019
cynthia sauceda
Apr 27, 2019
Mickey Fimbres
I did Hiline as part of a larger ride. It is every bit as good a they say. I don't recommend doing it solo like I did! 16mi — 3h 04m
Apr 15, 2019
daron topel
Mar 21, 2019
Chad Drath
Mar 9, 2019
Alex Waldron
hiline and cathedral 11.9mi — 2h 14m
Jan 15, 2019
Louis Dionne

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Aaron Lovato
Santa Fe, NM
Aaron Lovato   Santa Fe, NM
The exposure is grossly overstated. You're never in danger of "a long freefall" as there is plenty of dirt/rocks/bushes below you on the ridge. The flowy part from the overlook down is fun but short, and the crux of the matter are the steeps at the very end. Hardly "double black diamond" worthy. Dec 6, 2017
Matt Rettmer
Castle Rock, CO
Matt Rettmer   Castle Rock, CO
Ride this as Rx on MTBproject. I agree with M Turner on the downhill section towards the last 1/3 of the trail. I can see the lines but I also wanted to be able to ride the rest of my time here. Don't need to impress anyone on that section. The rest of the trail is REALLY awesome! I did same route as M Sylvester and it doesn't disappoint. A must do if riding as there is very limited hiker traffic too! Mar 21, 2018
I didn't like the exposure, though it was more of an embankment then a shear cliff wall. Amazing views and a nice technical descent on the back side of the trail. Nov 19, 2018

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