1,030.8 mile
Distance
92,383 ft
Climb
-92,700 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

Ride this route at your own risk.

This is an alternate route to the AZT800, mostly due to fire closures. It is intended to be ridden self-supported from south to north. The route is NOT marked. GPS navigation is mandatory. Backcountry travel conditions. State Trust Land permit is required to camp on State Trust Lands. Leave no trace.

Detailed Description
AZ1000 2021 v4 (FINAL) is a 1,031 mile less popular extreme race route located near Sierra Vista Arizona. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a extreme overall physical rating. This route includes 151 trails. This route climbs 92,383 ft with a max elevation of 9,098 ft then descends -92,700 ft.
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302 Reviews & Comments

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toddbettis (Dec 31, 2022 at 16:54)
don’t ride through the red clay if its wet!
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Ampfrog (Dec 30, 2022 at 1:06)
North & South Diablo are great places to learn tech riding, highly recommend them for that, but like the rest of Brown's, ratings are soft and only "black diamond" at Brown's (Granite Dells, Sedona, Flag, Tucson black diamonds are much more difficult and/or serious consequences for crashing; also plenty of tech blue trails around the state that are more difficult); there are a couple B-lines that are more difficult, but not obvious or part of the main trails. If looking for an example of obvious black diamond-level at Brown's, ride the chunky section just south of the saddle on Brown's Mtn (either direction).
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VanGirlGone (Dec 27, 2022 at 13:06)
This is a really pretty, single track. Good climbing alternative to Slate but would be really fun downhill too
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JConnell (Dec 22, 2022 at 6:35)
Contains some of the best single track of the lollipop from Black Canyon trailhead. Killer riding through lush veg. Big thanks to all who made it happen.

Deducted a star for the gravel road portion. Anyone know if there are plans to complete the single track on this portion of trail?
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Rcbare (Dec 21, 2022 at 18:22)
Trail Scorpion
The north section between Pyramid and Schuerman is awful. Large basalt rock chunks coupled with some exposure really slows down the descent. Just a rim bending grind. The south stretch between Pyramid and southern terminus is fun though.
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Ezmoney007 (Dec 16, 2022 at 11:12)
Overgrown, but passable.
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schillingsworth TRAILFORKS (Dec 12, 2022 at 14:34)
Re-route has been completed!! Trail is being merged with Meridian Trail.
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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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Mhenry12 (Dec 4, 2022 at 18:13)
First third amazingly fun and beautiful (but an alarming amount of gunshots nearby). Second third frustrating with lots of steep climbs in/out of washes. Last third mellow gentle downhill
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MtnManHenny (Nov 30, 2022 at 19:10)
Pretty overgrown with thorny vegetation. Make sure to wear gloves and pants if riding a MTN bike.
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twigman503 (Nov 28, 2022 at 4:56)
Trail Scorpion
This trail is chunky but don't let the naysayers keep you away. You're in Sedona, it's going to be rocky. On Scorpion you just have to work a little more to keep speed so you can clear the rocks. On my first ride, I felt the only actually difficult section was the quick switchbacks about 2/3rds of the way down. They just catch you off guard. This may not be the best first trail for your girlfriend but if you're in the area riding Ridge, Pyramid, Herkenham, or Skywalker it's a worthy jaunt.
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EdwardIQty6n (Nov 24, 2022 at 15:37)
This trail is not green. It’s super fun but it is not easy. Long segments hug the mountain with very narrow track with many large rocks. One false move would be trouble. Climbing on rocky terrain, curvy descents. The views are gorgeous and I am glad I did this first and then found all the Sandy trails to go up Mcdowell.
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Yearic (Nov 22, 2022 at 12:09)
Difficult to find, tough grind. Don’t think it’s been ridden much in the past couple years.
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robertellisw (Oct 22, 2022 at 18:28)
Trail Javelina
Very fun. Pretty chill black.
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Griffen1W3A2F (Oct 14, 2022 at 12:19)
Riding this trail from west to east is the way to do it. After finishing a number of trails, left wondering where the intermediate part was, this was actually an intermediate trail some chunk. It can get a little sandy at the bottom, but still rideable.
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CharlieOstergren (Oct 13, 2022 at 12:16)
Majority of the lower section of this trail is deep sand (disclosed in info), but honestly not a good addition to any RIDE if flow is a must for you. Great hiking trail addition with cool rock formations.
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bfalise (Sep 20, 2022 at 8:17)
Did this as a climb up to Mine trail. Pretty easy climb for the most part. A couple loose sandy sections to pedal through.
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bfalise (Sep 20, 2022 at 8:14)
Trail Mine
This is a very enjoyable downhill run. You can keep really good speed the whole way down and plenty of tech sections.
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Ddemlong (Jul 20, 2022 at 5:56)
I did the gooseneck loop and really liked the ride. I don't care for the southern portion as much as I like Browns but this was a good loop. The first half of the ride was relatively flat. One you approach the mountain the trail gets much thinner and there is a pretty steep climb, but drop it down a few gears and even a beginner/intermediate can do it. Coming around the mountain the trail gets even thinner with drop offs but its manageable. Coming back around the hill is a nice down hill section with some great views if you continue down rock knob and pemberton. If you keep on pemberton there is some nice fast down hills with a bit of a climb back out before going flat again. All in all great ride.
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Taterade (Jul 6, 2022 at 8:41)
The lower section of this trail (in the actual canyon) is not fun. Deep, loose sand and large boulders. There are much better options in the area if you enjoy technical riding - this is just a slog.
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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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coasterdragon325 (Apr 15, 2022 at 7:50)
I rode this trail, am an intermediate biker and the lower part of Aerie was a fun and flow-y section with just a few rocks and some nice flow. Make sure to ride from Cockscomb for the downhill part.
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Ampfrog (Apr 2, 2022 at 23:05)
Rode southbound, loved it! It keeps you guessing as to what's next... here's a chute with big rock steps, and now some smooth bermed flow, and then throw in more rock fun and more berms. Plus a couple climbs to keep you honest.
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Ampfrog (Apr 2, 2022 at 22:32)
Trail Coconino
There's actually an alt "more difficult" climb (stay left at the fork). I went right and took the switchback. I like climbs, this one was ok, lots of loose golf ball to baseball sized rocks to lose momentum on. The part after the climb was pretty nice, though.
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rickythunder (Mar 28, 2022 at 9:38)
Nice trail for a self-shuttle ride in and out then continue to Hidden treasure and Bumble Bee trails. The trail is rated blue intermediate but watch out with the exposure sites and loose dirt on the edges will keep you on your toes for sure. Mostly flow with some sketchy switchbacks and decent altitude gain.
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damoonsta (Mar 6, 2022 at 10:33)
Awesome job to those who have worked on this trail! I was pleasantly surprised to find that this trail was SO MUCH FUN!
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BrokenScaphoid (Feb 27, 2022 at 22:47)
Unbelievable flow
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cemoorelife TRAILFORKS (Feb 21, 2022 at 11:40)
My favourite segment of the BCT, you really are in the middle of nowhere with very few (if any) people. Some exposure on parts of this trail but the scenery is just amazing. The trail beautifully meanders the contours of the canyon and below Sunset Point of the highway.
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matux (Feb 11, 2022 at 14:47)
Miles 5–7 are fun large tech with huge rock-rolls/drops. Miles 7-north-end were buttery smooth and fast. Ultra beginner minus cactus risk. (I only rode last half from campground)
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funky-pants (Feb 7, 2022 at 18:22)
Not a MTB track
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mountzlu (Feb 6, 2022 at 16:18)
Great flow great views at sunset.
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mountzlu (Feb 6, 2022 at 16:16)
Trail Mine
Missed these comments and rode uphill. Walked a lot! Not recommend
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Ampfrog (Feb 15, 2022 at 2:35)
Trail Mine
OMG! Serious props if you stuck with it to the top! (Yea Type II fun!) Definitely try it downhill at some point, so much fun.
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Ampfrog (Feb 6, 2022 at 3:17)
Super fun downhill, wish it was longer (luckily, Military picks up where it leaves off and drops even more). Plenty of bumps to get a little air off of along the way, keep an eye out for them.
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cqlater911 (Feb 5, 2022 at 18:01)
I rode this clockwise. Counter would not be fun. I rode up Raptor, which was a fun ride up. Thumper is a great blue.tral with a couple of black sections. It's not all downhill, there is a tough uphill section out of the riverbed. The tough sections are super fun with some optional drop and chunky lines. Everything can be rode around.
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Ampfrog (Jan 30, 2022 at 0:17)
Trail Mine
Rode downhill, lots of variety the whole way, plus great views. Actually saw more hikers on this trail than any other, all headed uphill, keep a look out for them (and their puppies).
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aobbard (Jan 25, 2022 at 11:22)
January 2022, trail in great shape, appears to be well-maintained. Fun singletrack loop through pretty hills. Going CCW this loop is all green until the last ~1.5 miles, then blue due to some rocks and bit of exposure. Not difficult, but fun.
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aobbard (Jan 25, 2022 at 11:19)
Fun section of BCT. Descent (Southbound) is a blast. Climb (Northbound) is a little bit of work, but mellow grades, non-technical, totally cleanable. Easy Blue.
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Rider51 (Jan 17, 2022 at 20:57)
Trail Skywalker
Excellent intermediate trail with something for almost any rider. An experienced rider could push themselves on this, and a rider getting getting used to technical blue rocky trails won't be too intimidated by most of it. As everyone else says, there are expansive views from the ridge that are awe inspiring.
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Rider51 (Jan 13, 2022 at 11:38)
Compared to the south segment of Pemberton, this trail is green. It's not as smooth as Tonto or Bluff, but it's not really a blue trail. Just a few gullies, and a couple bits of loose over hard. Any beginner should not have much trouble with this.
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Rider51 (Jan 11, 2022 at 19:28)
Agree with the others, this is a nice flowing trail you can either push yourself on to test high speed cornering skills, or just enjoy the ride down, as there’s nothing on there that will surprise you.
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Ampfrog (Jan 3, 2022 at 22:47)
Definitely full of bike park berms, but short and not nearly as fun as Hawks or High Desert in the downhill directions. Also, no indication this should be ridden downhill on trail, caution for those riding up.
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sharknado33 (Dec 31, 2021 at 15:29)
Great trail! But a warning: we rode here after some rain and while the trails were awesome condition and just damp, the roads getting there (Crown King, Antelope Creek) were a muddy mess. In our 2 wheel drive vehicle we almost got stuck multiple places. I’m sure the locals know this but a warning for fellow travelers!
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baldybrucetires (Dec 28, 2021 at 19:48)
I love this trail! Go east to west. Up: a few hike a bikes. The down is rowdy, chunky, techy and fun! I walked 2 sections on the down. It's nice to have a bike bell as there were lots of hikers (although it's Xmas season right now). Biked back on Via Linda road. I hope the locals don't hate me for pointing out this gem!
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Sheepdog590 (Dec 12, 2021 at 18:10)
Great trail either way. Blast down or have a good climb. Either way this is a nice trail.
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PakChris (Dec 3, 2021 at 20:44)
Upper section is a fun, fairly easy ride. Some negative comments here on the lower section. True, it’s sandy and there are some tricky rock sections. But a nice change of pace, and some of the coolest terrain in the north section. I posted a video of the lower half that gives a good view of it.
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Cyclopath1000 (Nov 30, 2021 at 16:33)
This trail is optimized in a clockwise direction. I ride here often and it pains me to find so my first timers somehow getting this via also.climbing up lime kiln which too is the wrong direction for anyone except people who want to suffer. If you are planning on riding here start either by climbing lower bones or if ya want to get to the asap lower bones. Adding upper bones from the connector to upper raptor and the down thumper,lime kiln etc you are going to be smiling. This ride will be a tonic to when Sedona trails are too crowded.
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escrowdog (Nov 30, 2021 at 8:56)
Well marked, but wow the locals have trashed it with motorized vehicles. Thick sand and just blown out East of anthem. I only rode to new river rd then went to new river and over Daisy Mountain.
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Slomosapien (Nov 27, 2021 at 14:14)
Trail Bones
Enjoyed this climb.
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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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petervomba (Nov 23, 2021 at 7:30)
The lower section closer to Anthem is OK as a connector route, but there is lots of thick sand, loose rocks. Not real fun at all as an MTB trail. Not flowy and the closer you get to Cave Creek the worse it gets. Having said that I did the trail twice starting from Anthem and ending near Crave Creek, each time I went back to Anthem via Care Free hwy rather than do that trail again. Also had great fun on the trails around Cave Creek.
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Creamcorn1 (Nov 17, 2021 at 16:51)
Highly recommended. Really fun if decending. Access it from Pass Mt trail on the west side. A few hundred feet of PM is crazy and tech before you get on this trail. Sand in many places. I have an ebike so going back up it was no problem.
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Creamcorn1 (Nov 17, 2021 at 16:43)
Good chill trail. Nice flow sections. Mostly smooth. Good for just sitting back and relaxing and enjoying the fresh air and scenery.
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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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stinkytuscadero (Nov 2, 2021 at 11:56)
The north eastern part of this trail, beyond Desperado, is unrideable in either direction. Deep sandy wash mixed with large boulders and very overgrown. Pure hike a bike. Tried to shortcut across this from Dove Valley trying to get back to Desperado, knowing nothing about it, with wife and daughter. Big mistake.
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Griffen1W3A2F (Oct 23, 2021 at 12:56)
The segment of this trail south of 83rd and Sahuarita Rd is very overgrown with Cat claw. Would recommend knee pads, long socks, and long sleeves. Also, the dry lake crossing just south of Lakes Road is not a dry lake right now. You will have to hike-a-bike to get around the lake.
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Challis1 (Oct 21, 2021 at 7:39)
Trail Little Bear
I climbed this on way to New Heart trail. I found it to be a really good grade for a sustained climb. Beautiful views along its entirety. I did not come down it but it looks like it would be a fun one coming down.
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Challis1 (Oct 20, 2021 at 18:42)
Trail Heart
Rode it today. Fantastic trail. Standing ovation for those involved in the construction. Fun from top to bottom.
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raisingarizona (Oct 16, 2021 at 14:52)
Trail Heart
Hearts in good shape right now. Sure there’s more teeth then when it was brand new and hadn’t seen rain but what would you expect? It’s mountain biking after all.
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DrewZiraldo (Oct 13, 2021 at 8:48)
Trail Skywalker
Fun in both directions, and a great connector and scenery trail. Blue is appropriate.
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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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asspadtycoon (Oct 9, 2021 at 9:49)
One of my favorite intermediate trails in Sedona. Starting NE and riding SW offers a good workout going mostly uphill over some nice, tacky hardpack with some short technical sections here and there to get you warmed up. When you get to the upper part it really gets fun -- lots of quick, flowy twisty descents with technical sections to keep you on your toes. Oh yeah, and there's the views -- Bear Mtn across the valley is a great backdrop. Enjoy
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MTchick (Sep 6, 2021 at 10:42)
Trail Heart
Rains haven’t helped. Compared to a year ago it just isn’t as fun. Edges are breaking away, mostly rock gardens. Still a good rip down but doesn’t have the mojo of last fall. Climbing is more challenging due to the lack of structure and all the small rocks that have covered it.
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Carl3vz87a (Aug 1, 2021 at 17:33)
Not a blue. 100% green and a muddy slog if it’s rained recently.
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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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RunningFish (May 5, 2021 at 21:16)
The trail is located in the north eastern part of browns ranch meaning you have to ride a couple miles to get here. This trail is the most technical trail in browns ranch, it has many rock boulders that you go down and climb over. There are also alternate lines that go around the technical features. This trail is like a dumbed down version of the national trail. It has large rocks and boulders that you go over but in between the rock sections it is a smooth hard packed single track. Brown's ranch is a very popular place but since the trail is in the middle of brown’s there is very little traffic on El DIablo.
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OPJim (Apr 10, 2021 at 16:28)
Trail Roundabout
Enjoyed this trail very mucb
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vividrsg (Apr 4, 2021 at 20:34)
Pretty thrashed from the fire. Doable but slow going, lots of loose rock and downed trees. Incredible views.
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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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lmiddleman (Mar 29, 2021 at 22:51)
This rode more like a black rating. More loose rocks than usual. Tough segment
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thebyus (Mar 26, 2021 at 14:55)
Trail West Express
Fun flowy ride. Recommend riding from North to South, otherwise it's a lot of uphill.
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lmiddleman (Mar 21, 2021 at 12:06)
Tough trail even for advanced intermediate. Steep loose down and ups, too many to make this really enjoyable
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Ghostrydr (Mar 15, 2021 at 21:06)
Trail Spur S
Fun connector trail, but poorly marked. Ended up off trail three times. Thank goodness for the Trailforks app, that got me to the Cottonwood connector. I ran into a couple of hikers who basically said the same thing. Was told they were looking into better marking.
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robertellisw (Mar 15, 2021 at 5:42)
Trail Scorpion
Rode both scorpion segments North to South. Both are super fun! The flow is great. I rate them more on the blue side. I did the big technical loop route. All of the blues are green. Zero techical riding except for the blacks, which could arguably be rated as mostly blues. This whole trail system is most definitely for casual, cross country riding. If you're looking for chunk, I would probably avoid this system altogether. If you're looking for some fast miles on well maintained kitty litter trails, this is your spot.
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thebyus (Mar 26, 2021 at 14:46)
Trail Scorpion
Concur with EVERYTHING said above!
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reedrunner92 (Mar 7, 2021 at 12:48)
Trail Bones
Enjoyable climb with views of Turzigoot National Monument below (hilltop Pueblo ruin)
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robertellisw (Feb 16, 2021 at 16:21)
Trail Bones
Yeah yeah. Sedona trails are great. We know this. But this trail, when ridden as part of the Dead Horse figure 8, is so much fun! It's a gradual, but relatively demanding climb to get your heart rate up and your legs working right from the start. Once the climbing is done, the DH is a roller coaster ride all the way until the end. Check out the figure 8 loop here on Trailforks. Enjoy!
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Peterhopp (Feb 15, 2021 at 10:25)
Are e bikes allowed on AZ trails
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bigworm520 TORCA (Feb 15, 2021 at 11:00)
Not on that segment of the AZT. It just depends on who the land manager for the given segment of the AZT is. Forest Service handles Bellota so no ebikes. Any segment on Pima County Land Ebikes are not allowed. If any goes thru land owned by the State of AZ I think they are ok. You will need to just find out per segment that you are wanting to ride, but I think they are banned on a good majority of it.
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Ropetorope (Feb 14, 2021 at 15:12)
Sucks! Going down. Good for climbing to sunset down.
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Creamcorn1 (Feb 3, 2021 at 13:49)
Green not blue
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Creamcorn1 (Feb 3, 2021 at 13:10)
Very tame but relaxing if you don't feel like shredding that day
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Sandra0JSLGX (Feb 2, 2021 at 15:52)
Looks like a vehicle service road.
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Rmanthey100 (Jan 31, 2021 at 12:10)
Trail High Noon
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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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dogbutt65 (Jan 18, 2021 at 18:03)
I completed only the first 8.5 miles of the trail as a self-supported loop as follows: parked at S Charolais Rd (Old Sonoita Hwy) where trail crosses the road at mile 8.5 of ride. Pedaled south up the paved S Charolais Rd for 4-5 miles until it hits Hwy 83. Continuing S for 0.8 miles for the most dangerous part of the ride - cars and a narrow shoulder for ~ 1/2 the distance. Total road time ~ 1/2 hr. The actual trail ride is really fun - pretty smooth and well-maintained for almost entire ride. It includes some very sweet downhill sections and none of the climbs will break an intermediate rider. Nice panorama views from the ridge tops. This is a MUCH easier ride than Las Colinas section of AZT which is just to the south. A really nice ride would be to combine both of these for an all-day funfest. Thanks AZ trail folks for this nice ride.
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Adventurejunky1 (Jan 14, 2021 at 7:30)
60% of this trail is blue due to loose rocks and narrowness along the edge of hillsides. I took a beginner on it last week and they hike-a-biked for 3 miles. ????
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dogbutt65 (Jan 13, 2021 at 17:54)
Rode Las Colinas section of AZT as S to N shuttle. Not much has been written in TForks, so will fill in some blanks as I can. I really enjoyed this ride. It is 'intermediate plus' IMO, with some pretty tough climbs in places on unconsolidated cobbles. While there are buttery smooth sections - particularly on the northern half - don't expect a manicured trail. This is primarily a hikers trail, and there are some frustratingly steep (and unnecessary) climbs out of several drainages - some rerouting would make the northern half of this ride spectacular. A most interesting aspect of the overall ride is that the 1000 foot net drop takes you from oak woodlands at the top through juniper woodlands, then into the Sonoran with TONS of ocotillo, yucca, mesquite, and prickly pear. AMAZING. As my first ride in the desert, I would recommend this to anybody wanting a bit of adventure and quiet. Given a choice, I would not recommend riding this north to south unless you are a glutton for punishment - the long stretches of downhills with switchbacks would be brutal in the other direction. I would love to ride this in the spring when the hills have greened up a bit, but would dread summer heat any late than that - lots of exposed slopes.

There is 'ROAD CLOSED' sign with locked gate at south access, but there is an access road that parallels main highway ~100 yds southward to an access gate and beginning of route. There is good signage along entire route with exception of a wrong turn we did up a very steep dirt road right near the start - stay low in the oak valley and veer right onto a minor rutted track and you will find the trail heading north within a half mile. There is copious cow shit along the first half of the route, providing some challenges keeping out of the mesquite. At the time of this writing, there was excellent cell service in many places along the route, including every 'pass' from one valley to the next.
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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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Sandra0JSLGX (Jan 11, 2021 at 9:06)
This should be double green. Not blue.
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Sandra0JSLGX (Jan 10, 2021 at 9:02)
Fun trail. Some parts I would rate as blue though. Very scenic.
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Joebarrett (Jan 1, 2021 at 20:49)
Yes
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Griffen1W3A2F (Dec 29, 2020 at 12:18)
This is a great intermediate trail, with a couple rocky sections that are dark blue in difficulty. I started at Pistol Hill and rode it myself as an out and back. It was a great workout. Technically nothing crazy, but a small handful of the rock features were beyond my climbing skills. That said, for a solid intermediate rider with decent fitness, there shouldn’t be too much hike a bike. If your fitness isn’t quite there, grab a buddy and set up a shuttle.

This will be one of my go-to trails.
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