West Sedona Tour
ElevationAscent: 921' 281 m
Descent: -934' -285 m
High: 4,721' 1,439 m
Low: 4,366' 1,331 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)
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“Sample eight west Sedona trails with this loop.”— Paul Stahlschmidt
The first section of Aerie is mostly dirt, with lots of banked and bermed turns. This rolls great even when you are climbing! After about a mile youll cross over Cockscomb near the Fay Canyon TH. Stay straight here and youll begin the climb up the north side of Doe Mountain. This section has a few steeper rocky sections and some excellent views (including Bear Mountain to the north). After this climb, youll be rewarded by a nice descent down to the Aerie trailhead. Begin Cockscomb here.
No major elevation changes on Cockscomb. In about a mile, you'll arrive at an intersection with Western Civilization Trail. This is along the north slope of the rock formation that is this trails namesake. Go left here and cross a new subdivision road. At the next intersection (with Rupp Trail), stay left for about one mile where you'll arrive at another T-intersection. Take a right on Dawa Trail here. Several sections of this trail have been rerouted on the descent down to Dry Creek. Once you reach Dry Creek, you'll be at the lowest elevation on the ride, and find some refreshing shade under some trees. Cross the creek and take a right on Arizona Cypress Trail. Follow the wash for a bit, crossing it two more times, and bear left (East) after the second crossing at an intersection with an unnamed connector trail. Stay on AZ Cypress, for a short but slow climb out to Girdner Trail. The trail here has an open feel with a with rocks and gravel tread.
After turning left on Girdner Trail, you'll continue to climb, and pass several other trails that can easily be worked in as options: Two Fence Trail, Anaconda Trail, and Snake Trail.
When you reach the road, cross over to reach the Dry Creek parking lot off of Vultee Arch Rd. (F.R. 152) and the upper end of Chuckwagon. Follow Chuckwagon downhill for approximately one mi. to Dry Creek, take a left at the fork on the Chuckwagon Connector (toward Mescal) and your starting point on Long Canyon Rd. Note: The Chuckwagon loop is not reviewed in this ride, but very easy to work in for an additional 3-4 miles if you are feeling good at this last intersection.
VVCC is working closely with the Red Rock Ranger District to improve the system of trails all over the Sedona region. The Sedona bike shops are also very supportive of these efforts and have donation jars for the trail fund in the shops. See their website (vvcc.us/) for a schedule of the workdays and give them your support!