3.0 miles
Distance
385 ft
Climb
-385 ft
Descent
4,807 ft
High Point

Want some technical riding but don't want to be out for too long? This short loop will pack in rock armoring and rock gardens, techy climbs, traversing, and descending. You can also ride this either direction - do both and see which way you like better Start at the Teacup Trailhead on the south side of Sugar Loaf. Begin climbing up Teacup towards its intersection with Thunder Mountain. Hang a left and continue west. At the intersection of Andante and Thunder Mountain, make your choice and continue on. Andante is a smoother pedal across the base of Thunder Mountain, whereas Thunder Mountain Trail will climb to a high point and descend no matter which direction you decide to take. Return to Teacup and back to the parking lot.

Detailed Description
ADBJK 5 is a 3 mile moderately popular expert route located near Sedona Arizona. This mountain bike primary route. This route includes 5 trails. This route climbs 385 ft with a max elevation of 4,807 ft then descends -385 ft.
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11 Reviews & Comments

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MattLane1 (Apr 20, 2021 at 8:21)
Trail Teacup
Definitely agree this one leans more towards the black diamond side. There are some janky tech sections most people will be walking, as well as a gnarly hill or two. That being said, it is an amazing and unique trail, I personally loved it.
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MattLane1 (Apr 20, 2021 at 8:21)
Trail Teacup
Definitely agree this one leans more towards the black diamond side. There are some janky tech sections most people will be walking, as well as a gnarly hill or two. That being said, it is an amazing and unique trail, I personally loved it.
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DrewZiraldo (Jun 15, 2020 at 16:46)
Trail Teacup
I agree that this trail should be rated as a single Black diamond. Both ways it has sections intermediate riders will not clear and even some advanced riders. Still a good trail though! Views are incredible.
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DrewZiraldo (Jun 15, 2020 at 16:46)
Trail Teacup
I agree that this trail should be rated as a single Black diamond. Both ways it has sections intermediate riders will not clear and even some advanced riders. Still a good trail though! Views are incredible.
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BasedGawd (May 27, 2019 at 7:58)
Trail Teacup
Idk about the current rating... I'd say 10% beginner, 40% intermediate, 35% advanced and 5% expert. While there are sections a more novice rider will enjoy, there is a long rocky tech section in the middle that is absolutely advanced at in a few spots, truly expert lines.

Nearby advanced rated Javelina/Jordan/Grand Central are all significantly easier and more enjoyable for an "intermediate" rider.
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BasedGawd (May 27, 2019 at 7:58)
Trail Teacup
Idk about the current rating... I'd say 10% beginner, 40% intermediate, 35% advanced and 5% expert. While there are sections a more novice rider will enjoy, there is a long rocky tech section in the middle that is absolutely advanced at in a few spots, truly expert lines.

Nearby advanced rated Javelina/Jordan/Grand Central are all significantly easier and more enjoyable for an "intermediate" rider.
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jeffm510 (Dec 2, 2018 at 14:50)
Trail Andante
All day GREEN
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slusapet (Oct 21, 2018 at 17:14)
Trail Teacup
Totally agree with @ Tanman34! We took this from the parking lot at Little Elf to Jeep Road(in other words red marker to green marker on the Trailforks map). Very nice sort of techy uphill climb with some rewarding descents. Especially near the end there is a very nice fast and flowy descent. If you are planning on going to the Devil's Sinkhole, Soldiers Pass, Grand Central, Jordan Tr, or anywhere else in that general direction, then you have to turn left coming out of Teacup and go up Jeep Road till you see trail signs pointing you in the direction you want to go.
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slusapet (Oct 21, 2018 at 17:14)
Trail Teacup
Totally agree with @ Tanman34! We took this from the parking lot at Little Elf to Jeep Road(in other words red marker to green marker on the Trailforks map). Very nice sort of techy uphill climb with some rewarding descents. Especially near the end there is a very nice fast and flowy descent. If you are planning on going to the Devil's Sinkhole, Soldiers Pass, Grand Central, Jordan Tr, or anywhere else in that general direction, then you have to turn left coming out of Teacup and go up Jeep Road till you see trail signs pointing you in the direction you want to go.
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Tanman34 (Feb 20, 2018 at 6:47)
Trail Teacup
Beautiful trail! One of my favorites in Sedona. First mile or so is a smooth steady climb through the woods with swooping corners. The second half is typical Sedona tech
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Tanman34 (Feb 20, 2018 at 6:47)
Trail Teacup
Beautiful trail! One of my favorites in Sedona. First mile or so is a smooth steady climb through the woods with swooping corners. The second half is typical Sedona tech
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Trails in Route

Teacup1,749 ft
Thunder Mountain1,155 ft
Andante3,750 ft
Thunder Mountain1 mile
Teacup1,749 ft

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  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • Hike
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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
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  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
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  • Ridelogs
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More Stats for ADBJK 5 mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,563 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,563 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,564 ft
  • Grade max
    -32.3%
  • Grade min
    27%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    2,215 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Teacup
Jan 29, 2023 @ 7:17am
Jan 29, 2023
Several sections of the trail are muddy enough to leave tracks and with the storm coming in the next few days it's probably best to stay off this one until it dries out a bit. The climb up from the south only has a couple of wet spots but don't bother decending through the trees.
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Oct 3, 2022 @ 11:49pm
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