West Sedona Tour

 71 votes

13.1 Miles 21.0 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

1,003' 306 m

Ascent

-1,004' -306 m

Descent

4,722' 1,439 m

High

4,365' 1,330 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Unknown

Update

Sample eight west Sedona trails with this loop.

Paul Stahlschmidt

Overview

This ride is a great compliment to the Chuckwagon - Mescal - Long Canyon Loop, and can be pieced together with that for one long loop or ridden separately of course. Either way, though all of these trails are rated similarly as intermediate-level difficulty, they are unique in their own way and highlight some of the best riding in the West Sedona / Dry Creek Area.

Need to Know

There are lots of turns in this featured ride. Though the trails are generally marked well, its a good idea to use MTB Project mobile app along the way.

Description

This featured ride begins at the Long Canyon Trailhead on Long Canyon Rd. Start off with Mescal. After the initial climb, the trail turns east where a flowy dirt section feeds into a superb slickrock traverse skirting the foot of Mescal Mountain. As the slickrock section ends, the trail rounds the corner and eventually begins descending sharply with some quick turns down to Deadmans Pass. Take a left on this wide trail to connect with Aerie Trail at the Boynton Canyon TH.

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, youll 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 youll 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, youll find some refreshing shade under some sycamore trees. Cross the creek and take a right on Arizona Cypress Trail. Follow the Creek for a bit and then begin 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, youll 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.

History & Background

The Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition (VVCC) has been very busy working on the trails in this area of Sedona. In the Boynton/Long Canyon area, many of these trails are relatively new. According to the Coconino National Forest Red Rock Ranger District, 45 new trail miles were added in the district between 2010-2013, bringing the total miles on Sedona-area USFS lands to more than 170. Some of the newest trails include: Chuckwagon , Mescal, Anaconda Trail, Snake Trail, and Aerie.

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!

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Oct 7, 2017
Alex Mulvihill
Rachel fell in a cactus. smooth flowy riding — 2h 00m
Oct 7, 2017
Dustin Vasquez
Great ride with a nice variety. Gets crowded on the weekends. 13mi
Oct 5, 2017
Michael Lincroft
Sep 16, 2017
Dane Hewitt
A fun little ride. Thanks to whoever submitted this, and wrote the very nice directions for it… 13mi
Sep 11, 2017
Felipe Ituarte
Sep 1, 2017
Steve Christensen
Aug 13, 2017
Dave Montesano
Jul 30, 2017
Erika Scott
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Where the trail intersects with Arizona Cypress Trail at Dry Creek the trail required crossing the creek back and forth three or four times. With it being fairly cold out and the creek having a decent and cold flow (Jan '17), this took a bunch of time to take shoes on and off, hike-a-bike across the creek, then ride for 50 ft and repeat. Never found a good solution.Suggest scouting downstream frst Feb 5, 2017

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