Best of all, most of the climbs are relatively short and the descents have fantastic flow and features. The marked and mapped trails are super fun, but if you are lucky a local rider might let you in on some secret trails that are typically much more challenging that what you can find on the maps.
Voyaging through the region’s red rocks on a mountain bike is a bucket list item for many eager riders across the globe. Sedona holds something special for every type of rider, with killer trails nestled among striking scenery.
The mountain biking season arrives right on time for the exciting Sedona Mountain Bike Festival, beginning on March 3rd-5th. The following recommendations are from festival co-director Mike Raney. They range from beginner roads to the most advanced of single track.
The trails are perfect for riding through the fresh mountain air, getting some dirt on your spokes, and experiencing some of the best mountain biking in the country.
Newcomer – Bell Rock Pathway
With a tightly buckled helmet and a firm grip on the handle bars, beginner riders should head out to Sedona’s Bell Rock pathway. This combination hiking/biking trail is tidy and clean, but still winds through the high desert mountain landscape. This trail is top of the to-do list for first time riders, and has been pegged as the best place in Sedona to work on building mountain biking skills.
Mediocre – The Mescal Trail
To the gutsier of riders, be sure to take on a few of these intermediate paths. The Mescal trail traverses across the Mescal Mountain, a known vortex in the area. Not only is this a less technical trail, but the stunning views make it an absolute must-do.
The Chuck Wagon trial is a newer trail, known for its variety of desert landscapes. Lastly, located near Over The Edgebike shop is a group of Soldiers Wash Trails that are all mid-level, and include Javalina trail, Adobe Jack, Coyote, Grand Central, and Soldiers Pass Trail. If you’re stoked on trying a variety of unique trails, be sure to check these out.
Avant-Garde – The Hiline Trail
Experience and a bit of nerve are required for these next few trails, but don’t let the challenge daunt you. These rides are breathtaking, but with windy backroads and unexpected delights, these are rides for the most veteran of bikers. The Hiline trail has plenty of steady climbs, abundant views, and stacked red rock walls. Be cautious, some sections of the roads are labeled black diamond.
Broken Arrow – Chicken Point has also been tagged as a true classic of Sedona mountain biking. It crosses paths with the popular Jeep tour, has tons of slick rock, and includes stunning views all around. Finally, check out the Slim Shady trail, a quick and flowy downhill trail you’ll want to hit over and over.
Supreme – The Hangover Trail
One more, and a true thriller, is the Hangover trail. Known to advanced riders and the mecca of Sedona mountain biking, this course hosts jaw-dropping views and steep drops. This epic trail is reminiscent of the White Line trail that showcases spine-tingling adventure for the bravest of adrenaline junkies.