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Fat Tire Loop

Intermediate
 4.1 (15) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great link-up of several trails in the area.


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9.9

Miles

15.9

KM

95%

Singletrack

4,725' 1,440 m

High

4,437' 1,352 m

Low

757' 231 m

Up

761' 232 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

This ride was suggested by the owner of a local bike shop and I liked it so much, I had to share it!

This loop covers a lot of ground and is a fantastic way to get acquainted with what the area has to offer. The first and last parts are on the road but serve as a good warm up and cool down. Apart from that, it's really fun trail riding with a few exciting sections.

Description

There are several parking spots where you can start this ride from. We chose the parking lot at the Chuckwagon trailhead off of Long Canyon rd. because it splits up the distance you have to ride on the road.

Head North on Long Canyon rd. for about half a mile to the Long Canyon trailhead. Go left on Long Canyon Trail for 1 mile until you hit the Deadmans Pass trail and go left. This section is a bit more difficult and is in a great setting with the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness Area to the north. After about 1.3 miles you'll hit the Boynton Canyon trailhead and parking lot. Continue straight onto Aerie. Climbing up Doe Mtn. is definitely the most exciting stretch, as the trail gets quite narrow in spots and is situated on a pretty steep slope. Enjoy the exposure and take in the views.

After you cross the Doe Mtn. trail, stay on Aerie for another .7 miles until you come to the Aerie trailhead. Here, you continue onto the Cockscomb Trail. The next section is pretty chill for the most part, with a few rocky descents. After 2.5 miles you'll come to a confusing intersection where Cockscomb meets the Dawa Trail. The Dawa Trail will come in from the right and then split off from Cockscomb to the right. The mobile app will be helpful here to make sure you are on the correct leg of Dawa Trail. In a little less than one mile you'll reach the Dawa Trail and Boynton Pass rd. Take a right onto the road and then continue straight onto Long Canyon rd to get back to your car!

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Shared By:

Philneu Neumann with improvements by Christine Thien

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  4.1 from 15 votes

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Photos

Curving around a slick rock bench.
Dec 3, 2019 near West Se…, AZ
Heading towards Deadmans Pass
Feb 24, 2014 near West Se…, AZ
Taking in the views of the Deadman Pass trail on a beautiful day in Sedona, AZ.
Apr 26, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
The Aerie Loop was a great place to take my sister-in-law while in Sedona.
Jan 8, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
Sick slick rock berm on Aerie!!
Jan 13, 2018 near West Se…, AZ
Handlebar perspective on the Cockscomb trail.
Nov 9, 2015 near West Se…, AZ

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Mar 1, 2021
john otero
11mi
Jan 16, 2021
Kyle Johnson
Some loose, some technical, some hike a bike for beginners, finishes smooth and flowing 11mi — 2h 00m
Dec 3, 2020
Ken Melman
Oct 13, 2020
Derrick Martin
Jul 26, 2020
Rachel Friedman
Fun.
Apr 28, 2019
Beau Paisley
Apr 17, 2019
Susan Marshall
Great flowing trail with some rocky areas. Loved Arie and cocks comb. Outstanding views and interesting microclimates along the way. 10mi
Nov 23, 2018
Neil Franco