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Aerie Loop



5.4 mile 8.7 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack


Ascent: 541' 165 m
Descent: -541' -165 m
High: 4,730' 1,442 m
Low: 4,510' 1,375 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)


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Trail shared by Tyler Williams

A fun, quick loop around Doe Mountain, worthy of a few laps.

Tyler Williams

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This is a nice link up of a some newer and some older trails in the Dry Creek area. It is a pretty short, quick loop which makes it nice if you have limited time or for beginning riders.


From the Aerie Trailhead, head southeast towards the Cockscomb on the Aerie Trail. When you reach the Cockscomb you'll head north towards the Dawa and Cockscomb trails. This whole first section is generally moderate, with some twists and turns and very short climbs and small rock obstacles.

At the T junction you'll turn left (west) on the Cockscomb Trail, an easy old two-track that takes you through a fence and eventually meets up with the Aerie trail north of Doe Mountain. Turn left here and head up the Aerie trail which climbs somewhat steeply up some switchbacks and then winds through pinyon juniper forest and some easy/moderate rocky sections on the side of Doe Mountain; you'll pass the Doe Mountain Trail and the paved road to the Aerie housing development before ending right where you started, at the Aerie trailhead.

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Jan 25, 2020
Eric Volk
Started @ Cockscomb. Flowy and fast start down the rollers, around the Mesa with a rocky climb up the Mesa, back down the Mesa fast flowy and fun 5.4mi
Dec 13, 2019
Shaely Needs
Conditions were perfect for a ride. The temp was great and the dirt was grippy. 5.7mi — 15h 47m
Jul 7, 2019
Thomas Donahue
Jun 10, 2019
Camille W
Apr 23, 2019
Scott Cloyd
Great, easy ride with the kiddos! 5.4mi — 1h 01m
Apr 21, 2019
Andrew Sharpe
A beautiful scenic trail with a few fast downhills, and three challenging short climbs up some loose shale laden sandy hills. We had a blast here! 5.5mi — 0h 28m
Apr 6, 2019
Verdell Willie
Dry and well maintained 5.4mi
Mar 2, 2019
Rob Stansfield
We were as gods, probably because of the awesome rental bikes. Superb route, cloudy and cool but the rain held off. 5.4mi

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Cockscomb red gravel.
Nov 26, 2018 near West Se…, AZ
Curving around a slick rock bench.
Dec 3, 2019 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
Capitol Butte stands prominently in the distance from Aerie.
Feb 13, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
Cockscomb Trail close to Dawa Trail
Nov 25, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
Nov 26, 2018 near West Se…, AZ

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