279.1 miles
Distance
21,681 ft
Climb
-21,680 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point
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Pinyons and Pines is an underground self-supported bikepacking race that starts and ends in Flagstaff, AZ (6,910 feet). The route is a magnificent tour of Northern Arizona, utilizing a mixture of singletrack, double track, and dirt roads. The start and finish is at Flagstaff Bicycle Revolution, located at 3 South Mikes Pike, sandwiched between Pizzicletta and Mother Road Brewery. The course is roughly 280 miles and consists of two distinct loops. The first loop is 125 miles and passes through Sedona (4,350 feet) prior to following the Arizona Trail back to Flagstaff. The second loop is 155 miles and circumnavigates several extinct volcanoes, including the San Francisco Peaks, home to Humphreys Peak (12,633 feet), the highest point in Arizona. The second loop overlaps substantially with the popular Craters and Cinder Cones Loop. The total elevation gain for the route is about 21,000 feet. Riders can choose between two categories: solo or duo (2-person team). Pinyons and Pines is an ideal first bikepacking race, but the stunning scenery should make it appealing to experts and beginners alike.

Important This is an unsanctioned event. There are no fees, no prizes, but all attempts will be made to record your finish time in comparison to others. A start time and route are provided and it is up to the participant to understand the route. Riders have full responsibility for their navigation and well being. The goal is to finish the entire route while setting your own pace.

Detailed Description
2019 Pinyons and Pines is a 279 mile intermediate race route located near Flagstaff Arizona. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 23 trails. This route climbs 21,681 ft with a max elevation of 9,384 ft then descends -21,680 ft.
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35 Reviews & Comments

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robertellisw (Oct 22, 2022 at 18:28)
Trail Javelina
Very fun. Pretty chill black.
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theshonen8899 (May 2, 2022 at 8:54)
Trail Mescal
Beautiful trail with amazing views. I don't agree with the blue rating, either this needs to be black or Aerie, Cockscomb, Rupp, Girdner, Chuckwagon need to be green because there's a very clear jump in difficulty. Quite a bit of technical climbing and exposure.
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SoyalOvi (Nov 23, 2021 at 11:25)
Trail Javelina
I've ridden this only in the downhill (north to south) direction. What a gas! A fast trail with tight turns and rock drops with occasional short ups.
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Ampfrog (Nov 14, 2021 at 19:52)
Trail Javelina
Agree, definitely ride downhill. I love long steep climbs, but no one flying down this is going to yield the way, because it's probably one of the few downhill type trails in the area. On that note, definitely not the best for scenery or slickrock or other Sedona highlights (for example, only trail I've ridden with powerlines next to the trail most of the way). Good for flying down if a local or renting a bike, probably not best use of time if just visiting and want full value.
PS Watch for that one sharp left turn on soft red dirt, very easy to fly off the trail.
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Butterman55 (Oct 11, 2021 at 11:06)
I have to disagree slightly with the previous reviewer. If you like a good challenge, the climb from lower Snowbowl road to Aspen Corner on the AZT is quite good. I’d say it’s perhaps a “navy blue” in a few places for both climbing and descending. For athletic and technically skilled bikers it’s not bad at all, and for intermediate riders, it’s a great trail to grow your strength and skill on while also rewarding you with some of the best scenery in Flagstaff.
Over all, it’s one of the best trails in the area in my opinion. It’s got it all, strep and fairly technical climbs without being brutal, smooth flowing singletrack with grippy loam, wide open vistas, deep dark and dank Fir stands, and bright golden luminous stands of aspen with ferns.
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Escottimilhizer (May 15, 2021 at 8:56)
Trail Mescal
This trail is only worth riding for the aesthetics. The trail is an intermediate (at best) and marked as such by the signs around the route. There are a few short punchy climbs but otherwise it’s unremarkable. Unless you are looking to take an inexperienced rider on a visually appealing trail, its not worth it.
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jamesapdx (Mar 31, 2021 at 10:00)
Trail Mescal
Views are epic. Total fun slickrock with some exposure. A bit of hike a bike for beginners/intermediates in places, but not to be missed if in the area. Was serenaded by a bagpiper! darkislepiper.com
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brahhh (Jan 19, 2021 at 11:12)
Trail Mescal
Some real fun flat slickrock sections, great rock rolls, and a little bit of nice flowy ST. Super fun trail, on par with Canyon Of Fools for being the best trail in West Sedona.
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brahhh (Jan 19, 2021 at 11:02)
Trail Javelina
So bloody fun! Please ride DH, you don't want to encounter a good downhiller while going up this trail, you'll collide for sure. Such a shreddy trail going down though, with tons of fun tech!
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SlideReady (Jan 12, 2021 at 8:29)
Trail Javelina
Fun trail but slightly more pedaly than its neighbor Grand Central. Worth checking out.
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madmax237 (Dec 29, 2020 at 8:04)
Trail Mescal
I felt that 95% of the trail is intermediate or below, but there is some exposure. Honestly I felt this trail was a little over hyped in terms of the actual fun of riding, but it's definitely worth it for the views.
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iabductaliens (Jul 23, 2020 at 10:10)
Trail Mescal
What is the best direction to ride this trail?
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SikeMo (Jun 10, 2020 at 12:42)
Trail Javelina
I'll mirror the other comments. This is a properly built trail with good flow, some really fast sections, and a bit of tech here and there. Top 5 in Sedona for me.
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Jaimelynn44 (May 25, 2020 at 14:27)
Trail Mescal
This is an amazing trail! Well worth it. Don’t let the black scare you. Should be blue.
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twowheeledwanderer (Nov 16, 2019 at 7:42)
Trail Mescal
I think this is one of the most beautiful and unique trails in Sedona. It runs along the base of Mescal Mountain and a good portion of it is on red slickrock. There are some techy sections, but they're easily walkable if you don't feel comfortable. I wrote up a blog post about the 8 best trails in Sedona (in my opinion) and Mescal is one of them twowheeledwanderer.com/posts/my-eight-favorite-mountain-bike-trails-in-sedona-arizona
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Mgripsbig (Oct 20, 2019 at 20:40)
This is a great trail to take the family on. It’s pretty, easy, and as the other reviews have mentioned, it’s very much like a cross country track. It’s not hard and is a very pretty ride. It’s more like a green trail than a blue square intermediate for sure. A lot of fun!
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haughwout (Sep 14, 2019 at 21:17)
XC not technical
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superxavi (Sep 11, 2019 at 20:46)
XC vibes, but pretty awesome to rip. Loose rocks around but nothing too crazy. The climb at the end is challenging up but very fast and fun down with some berms and gnarlier terrain. Enjoyable ride, but don’t expect anything crazy, great scenery.
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andy-legrunge (Aug 29, 2019 at 12:44)
Fun and beautiful but super crowded with day hikers. Expect some sassy attitudes and uncertain etiquette. Ride weekdays and/or early morning
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joedave (Aug 24, 2019 at 22:35)
Pretty scenery but very XC type trail. I feel it’s mis labeld personally, it should be a green trail.
There’s one or two fun sections otherwise a exceptionally hard tail friendly trail.
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jeffgicklhorn SDMB (Jul 22, 2019 at 12:27)
Don’t make the mistake we did while visiting and ride up from the snowbowl road (steep and rocky). Everyone either pedals up the road to Aspen Corner or shuttles. Otherwise great trail.
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cemoorelife TRAILFORKS (Jul 10, 2019 at 15:41)
Trail Mescal
Really great trail, a bit of a grunt of a climb initially but not too bad then the trail opens up to go around the inside of a fab red rock structure. Nothing super hard. Great views and a great fun trail.
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bensgig (Mar 27, 2019 at 12:11)
Trail Javelina
Pretty good trail? This is likely the most fun trail in Sedona. North to south. Flow. Nothing but good times on this one!!!
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FlatlandDH (Feb 28, 2019 at 17:43)
Trail Javelina
Fast & flowy!! Few wet spots in the lower switchbacks. Should be prime for Trail fest this weekend... Ride it & enjoy!!
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Sedounut (Feb 7, 2019 at 16:33)
Trail Chimney Acc
WINK WINK
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otbspecialist (Jan 20, 2019 at 16:58)
Trail Mescal
I'm intermediate and loved this trail. Off bike walking a few sections but no real hike a bike.
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szed3 (Jan 4, 2019 at 21:30)
Trail Mescal
Good warm-up/Sedona intro ride if it's your first time here. A little bit of everything: slick rock tech, cornering over loose rock and the infamous Sedona 'dirt'. More intermediate/blue with a few challenging slick rock techy sections.
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szed3 (Jan 4, 2019 at 21:10)
Trail Javelina
Super fun flowy rip going down. Fast, loose and skinny. No real notable challenges/obstacles other than the loose corners, more of a blue trail and def underrated IMHO.
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jeffm510 (Dec 2, 2018 at 14:50)
Trail Andante
All day GREEN
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grampa (Nov 29, 2018 at 12:56)
Trail Mescal
A must if you're in the area. kinda black, but nothing gnarly so more like a blue with a few feet of technical single moves then carry on with some fun riding in beautiful terrain.
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slusapet (Oct 21, 2018 at 17:36)
Trail Javelina
Puts you right at the exit of Grand Central. If you want to get on AZ 89A, then there is a trail that leads up to the right(stick to the right coming out of Javelina OR Grand CentralWink ) of a dried out creek bed(uphill). Take that and you will arrive at your destination, AZ 89 A.
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slusapet (Oct 21, 2018 at 17:30)
Trail Javelina
I really enjoyed this trail going down. Tons of fun as you hit some of the bermed switchbacks on loose rocks. Fast and flowy with some tech. Honestly, one of our favorite trails. HIGHLY RECOMMEND AS A DOWNHILL TRAIL.
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mtb-goose (May 20, 2018 at 17:41)
Trail Chimney Acc
Not accessible.
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gentrex (May 12, 2018 at 16:33)
Trail Chimney Acc
Gate is welded shut.
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Tanman34 (Feb 17, 2018 at 6:24)
Trail Javelina
Pretty good trail with easy hotel access. Best ridden downhill tho it does make a challenging climb. Either way it is a good connection trail
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Details

  • Race Course
  • Race Date
    Saturday May 18, 2019
  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bikepacking
    Yes
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for 2019 Pinyons and Pines mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,095 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,900 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,900 ft
  • Grade max
    -92%
  • Grade min
    45.2%
  • Distance climb
    119 miles
  • Distance down
    135 miles
  • Distance flat
    26 miles
Avg: 4 (1 votes)
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