2.0 miles
236 ft
-661 ft
Avg time

Scorpion Details

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  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
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    Scorpion is one of the most weather friendly trails in Sedona
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    Forest Service

The newly adopted Scorpion trail was previously known as Special Ed,. but when the trail was adopted the FS changed the name to Scorpion which is the mascot of the Red Rock High School, where the trail starts at the north end. In the downhil direction (north to south) the trail is mostly intermediate rated but there are numerous embedded basalt rocks in the trail tread that might be difficult for an intermediated rider to ride at a high speed.

In the downhill direction this trail is going to be one of the most fun trails to ride for advanced and expert riders. There are numerous turns with up and down and turny terrain that will keep riders on their toes. Riders riding downhill at high speeds need to be AWARE that this trail is multi-directional and multi-use, so either hikers or other mountain bikers maybe on the trail traveling in the uphill direction.

Scorpion will be used in the uphill direction as a MAJOR connector trail with the newly adopted Skywalker trail or the old timer Herkenham trail. In the uphill direction the Scorpion trail has short rocky sections that will challenge most intermediate riders and some advanced riders. The newly adopted trail has several re-route sections that mellowed the trail difficulty, so those riders with good climbing skills will have a better chance of climbing the trail without dabbing.

About halfway up the trail riders will come to an intersection of a newly adopted trail called Pyramid. If you are climbing up to Skywalker or Herkenham continue up on Scorpion. For those advanced skilled riders riding downhill you might want to take the Pyramid optional trail to the end of the Scorpion trail.

The Pyramid optional trail gives the advanced skilled rider a 1.2 mile mostly downhill extension with some fairly technical descending sections and technical ledgey up sections that an intermediate rider will most likely end up walking.

At the end of Pyramid you intersect the Scorpion tail where you ride a short section of Scorpion to the dirt parking lot at the Upper Red Rock Loop/Chavez Rd intersection. Hopefully you have a BIG smile on your face at this point.

In the old days there use to be a connector trail called Cakewalk, that trail would take you over to the intersection of Ramshead and Old Post from Scorpion. Both Ramshead and Old Post are important connector trails in the Carroll Canyon area. If you get a chance contact the Red Rock Ranger District and let them know you are interested in them adopting the old Cakewalk trail concept which is being showcased in the current Western Gateway Trails proposal.

Access Info

At the north end the trail is accessed from the Schuerman trailhead. At the south end the trail is accessed from the dirt parking lot at the Upper Red Rock Loop Rd. and Chavez Rd. intersection.

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More Stats for Scorpion mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -425 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,041 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,502 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,466 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,041 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,556 ft
  • Distance down
    1.2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,366 ft
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on Mar 22, 2016
Avg: 4.35 (3 votes)

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Scorpion Trail Reports

Mar 22, 2016 @ 7:09pm
Mar 22, 2016
Fun trail. Very dry, loose (new) trail. Could be epic if you could keep speed. Lots of rocks, obstacles to slow you down though.
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