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Fun singletrack with some technical sections, leading to a beautiful streamside along Oak Creek.


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3.4

Miles

5.5

KM

Singletrack

4,296' 1,309 m

High

3,976' 1,212 m

Low

84' 26 m

Up

400' 122 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

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Description

Starting at Slim Shady, this trail heads west, past the popular Cathedral Rock hiking trail, to a beautiful lunch spot on Oak Creek, then connects to the Baldwin Loop.

Templeton is more difficult than Slim Shady - it's still worth doing for intermediate riders but they'll find themselves walking a bit. The first section from Slim Shady is fairly mellow, with only a few very short rocky areas, but mostly just twisty red dirt cruising. The trail turns to 100% red rock as you contour around and cross the Cathedral Rock Trail.

Cathedral Rock Trail is hikers-only, and gets people up from the nearby trailhead up to the top of Cathedral Rock. Pay attention and be courteous here - it's an incredibly popular area for hikers, notably less experienced hikers. You'll likely get a few questions or comments from incredulous people asking if you've really ridden your bicycle to this spot! Although it's busy, there is some fun playing that can be done on all the red rock around this area.

The descent from Catherdral Rock area is the trickiest part of the trail, though most of it is rideable without terrible consequences if you fall. You'll follow several switchbacks and ride or walk over a sustained rocky section before reaching the bottom. Here, you'll be rewarded with a much more lush area along Oak Creek. There are plenty of spots for a dip if you're hot, then a rocky technical section to the end where Baldwin Loop starts.

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  4.2 from 53 votes

#195

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#12

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Photos

Gorgeous view of the valley.
Aug 12, 2015 near Village…, AZ
Best Intermediate Sedona Trails (Templeton, Slim Shady, Easy Breeze) in 4K
Mar 10, 2022 near Village…, AZ
It doesn't get much better than riding at sunset in Sedona.
Aug 12, 2015 near West Se…, AZ
Susan rides the nice slickrock benches on the Cathedral Rock Loop
Apr 26, 2013 near West Se…, AZ
riding along the base of cathedral
May 2, 2013 near Village…, AZ
Staircase and 1st switch back on main technical section of Templeton!
Jan 13, 2018 near West Se…, AZ
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Oct 29, 2023
Juris Sturainis
Apr 14, 2022
Scott Dulay
Unable to ride down to Oak Creek…
Apr 13, 2022
Mountain Park
1.6mi — 0h 10m
Mar 25, 2022
Dan 60D5H411
With Owen, Eliana, Tina, Jim, Jade, Alex and Amelia
Aug 25, 2021
Mountain Gold
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFXZ0N0IQWc
May 22, 2021
zaq
Apr 9, 2021
Chris Tatum
Feb 16, 2021
Jamey Mossengren
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