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West Sedona Tour

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Length

13.1 Miles 21.0 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

Elevation

1,003' 306 m

Ascent

-1,004' -306 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

4,722' 1,439 m

High

4,365' 1,330 m

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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.
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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, 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.

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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  4.6 from 106 votes

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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
Did the W Sedona Tour (Xmas '17). If you go right on Arizona Cypress to Girdner, as in the description, you'll go off the GPS course. Either way, left or right, will get you to Girdner, where you make a left, but the GPS course is to the left on Arizona Cypress. Also, when I came to the Chuckwagon Connector (toward Mescal), I just stayed on Chuckwagon back to where I started at the Long Canyon Trail TH, the recommended start for the W Sedona Tour in the description, and the GPS. Added 3-4 miles. Ended up with about 16 miles, including a couple of short backtracks. Nice ride. Would have to do it about 20 times before I wasn't totally distracted by the scenery. p.s. This route can a be a little hard to follow in a couple of places without a GPS. One missed turn in particular, at a poorly marked intersection, will lead you into the wilderness without warning. Dec 24, 2017
Andrew Yeoman
Portland, OR
Andrew Yeoman   Portland, OR
I'm shocked this is ranked as the number 4 ride in the US, I'm not sure its even the no. 4 ride in Sedona. This is a very tame circuit, the best trail we rode in this section of Sedona, Canyon of Fools, isn't even on this loop. Much better riding for the capable MTBer exists in South/East and Central Sedona. Apr 6, 2018

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