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This route between Cottonwood and Cornville has awesome views and a little bit of everything on the trail!


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10.7

Miles

17.2

KM

80%

Singletrack

3,557' 1,084 m

High

3,282' 1,000 m

Low

726' 221 m

Up

725' 221 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

13%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Features Drops/Jumps · Views

Overview

The beginning of Backbone and Side Oats has some fun rocks and techy sections. The eastern part of Backbone and Creosote are more flowy and uneventful, except for the occasional cow or two!

Description

This system is a nice alternative to the more popular and crowded trails of Sedona. It exists in the middle of a residential area and although there are many spur trails from the surrounding neighborhoods, the signage is well-marked for the main trails. This route is a mix of clay dirt flow, sandy washes, gravelly loose terrain, and small rocky drops and ledges. Keep an eye on your GPS, especially in the Side Oats area.

If you start at the TH on Zelesky, the beginning of Backbone and over to Side Oats (and adjacent unmarked trails) has all the tech. Continuing east to the other side of Backbone and Creosote lengthens the ride, but the trail becomes pretty chill.

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Nadine Avis

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Views (and grass) for miles!
Feb 29, 2024 near Cornville, AZ
Super Spikey bushes!
Feb 29, 2024 near Verde V…, AZ
Looking west towards Jerome and Mingus Mountain
Mar 12, 2018 near Verde V…, AZ
Old creek bridge
Mar 12, 2018 near Cornville, AZ

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