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Templeton Trail

 3.9 (31)

3.4 Miles 5.5 Kilometers


Singletrack

84' 26 m

Ascent

-400' -122 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

4,296' 1,309 m

High

3,976' 1,212 m

Low

Shared By The Kraken

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

The Kraken

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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Jul 9, 2018
Taylor Tewalt
Apr 29, 2018
Doug Mann
Apr 27, 2018
JL Trueba
15.6mi — 4h 00m
Apr 4, 2018
Paul Dubya
Mar 1, 2018
Alex Trujillo
Dec 24, 2017
Abe Ferraro
Great trail...lots of slick rock and exposed rim trails...rock staircase at the end is intense!
Dec 10, 2017
Austin Lambert
Dec 3, 2017
Julio Cesear

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  3.9 from 31 votes

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in Arizona

#278

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From the trailhead off of Back O Beyond Rd. There's another trail that starts with templeton called easy breezy. I don't recommend it as it spends a lot of time in, and back and forth around a wash. Unless that's your thing. Sep 16, 2013

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