9.7 miles
1,038 ft
-1,036 ft
4,729 ft
High Point

Fun and flowy intermediate level loop, away from the crowds. All rolling terrain, and Ground Control gives this loop a good dose of off camber red rock and a quick techy descent with some rock rollers.

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Axis - Ground Control - Outer Limits is a 10 mile popular intermediate route located near Sedona Arizona. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 1 trails. This route climbs 1,038 ft with a max elevation of 4,729 ft then descends -1,036 ft.
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7 Reviews & Comments

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mccsomthin (Dec 11, 2022 at 7:14)
Trail Axis
Not sure why it says it’s preferred n to s… trail rides great from the cultural park and is my preferred way to ride it so I can loop back on Girdner to Lasso.
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mccsomthin (Dec 11, 2022 at 7:26)
Trail Axis
(I mean Stirrup not Lasso, wheres the edit button on comments ?!)
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AZXJ (Jun 10, 2020 at 22:57)
Trail Axis
Rode this one a couple weeks ago just to get to Outer Limit from the cultural center trailhead. Was quite boring to be honest. A lot of climbing but was expected of course. Just not very interesting. I guess next time I’ll try another trail to get me to Outer Limit, as that is one is my favorite trail for sure - just awesome!
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mountainbikerak (Feb 26, 2020 at 13:35)
Trail Axis
Definitely not a black diamond. How can we update this?
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BasedGawd (Feb 12, 2020 at 6:01)
Trail Axis
Fun, but probably more intermediate than advanced. The steepest sections of outer limits or the exposed parts of ledge-and-airy are much more difficult.

Very comparable to outer limits, but a bit shorter.
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IMSummers (Feb 8, 2020 at 16:26)
Trail Axis
First ride today. Pretty fun but definitely not a black diamond unless these something gnarley I the first 0.5 mile, which I didn’t ride. I pretty easily cleared the whole trail. Similar in style and difficulty to Girdner. Pretty steady climb out if you ride it north to south. I rode Girdner up and cut across at the new Rover trail (completed today) which cut out some of the climb out. Fun trail if you are already riding in the area, not one that I would personally seek out.
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randy77 (Feb 3, 2020 at 15:01)
Trail Axis
Rode yesterday with four other experienced Sedona riders and only one cleaned it. Riding from the north it's basically a great bench cut down the West Fork of Dry Creek with narrow tricky turns. Cross Girdner and climb around the top of Tim`s Wash then either way to the Cultural Park or Color Cove which leads to Dry Creek road.

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More Stats for Axis - Ground Control - Outer Limits mountain bike route
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    4,122 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,484 ft
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    4,485 ft
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    4 miles
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    4 miles
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    1 mile
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Mar 25, 2023 @ 9:11am
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Creek/wash crossings will have water, trails are in good condition w/occasional mud.
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