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Templeton Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

3.4 mile 5.5 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 84' 26 m
Descent: -400' -122 m
High: 4,296' 1,309 m
Low: 3,976' 1,212 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Trail shared by The Kraken

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

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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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Apr 1, 2020
Damon Roth
Dec 22, 2019
Bruce Conrad
Dec 21, 2019
Bruce Conrad
Oct 16, 2019
Linda Lee
Part of a loop we did involving Slim Shady, Hiline, Baldwin.
Jun 8, 2019
Tyler Smith
Jun 1, 2019
Joel Lopez
Apr 13, 2019
daron topel
Nov 18, 2018
Brandon Vicenti
3.4mi

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  4.0 from 36 votes

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Photos

It doesn't get much better than riding at sunset in Sedona.
Aug 12, 2015 near West Se…, AZ
Gorgeous view of the valley.
Aug 12, 2015 near Village…, AZ
Susan rides the nice slickrock benches on the Cathedral Rock Loop
Apr 26, 2013 near West Se…, AZ
Almost at Cathedral crossing
Apr 16, 2018 near Village…, 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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