10.0 miles
Distance
877 ft
Climb
-875 ft
Descent
4,713 ft
High Point

Canyon of fools and mescal quick lap

Detailed Description
Canyon of fools and mescal is a 10 mile popular expert route located near Sedona Arizona. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 9 trails. This route climbs 877 ft with a max elevation of 4,713 ft then descends -875 ft.
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35 Reviews & Comments

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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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Brhudd (Apr 23, 2022 at 10:44)
Lots of fun to rip down, def felt more bluish to me.
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coasterdragon325 (Apr 15, 2022 at 7:52)
Rocky sections mostly define this trail and some decent views, but not the highlight of the loop I did.
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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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bdub5696 (Jul 21, 2021 at 13:32)
I can see this being a blast riding downhill, but riding uphill is a nightmare (especially the lower section). That being said, I’ve never seen another trail like this.
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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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IMSummers (Apr 30, 2021 at 16:05)
Agreed this should be downhill only. You can get ripping if you sprint the flats and there are lots of blind corners. Had to slam on brakes to avoid a rider coming up with their head down yesterday. I know climber right away blah blah, but this trail is one of the more fun descents around so it should be ripped down without having to worry about climbers.

Much better climbing trails nearby (mescal, long canyon) that end up in the same place.
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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 10:42)
This should be downhill only. Mostly because the downhill is A MOTHA F'IN SHRED!
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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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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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fooster (Mar 10, 2020 at 11:31)
I would highly NOT recommend anyone starting this trail from Dawa trailhead. The majority of the traffic will be coming down towards Boynton Pass Rd. This trail is narrow, fast, tight, twisty, with lots of blind corners. There aren’t a lot of places to step aside to let anyone coming from the opposite section by. It’s also a big safety issue if you choose to ride up this trail.
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chromegurl (Nov 25, 2019 at 8:03)
Trail Dawa
Agreed- this is maybe a blue- def not black. Fun trail though!
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twowheeledwanderer (Nov 16, 2019 at 7:51)
Unlike any other trail in Sedona. It's literally a canyon with fun wall rides and kickers. Not sure I would call it a black, though... I wrote up a blog post about the 8 best trails in Sedona (in my opinion) and Canyon of Fools is one of them twowheeledwanderer.com/posts/my-eight-favorite-mountain-bike-trails-in-sedona-arizona
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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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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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cemoorelife TRAILFORKS (Jul 5, 2019 at 17:37)
Trail Dawa
This is definitely NOT a black trail, blue at best. Should be reclassified.
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ajriding (May 3, 2019 at 19:31)
Nice trail. This will start u down a very nice stretch of singletrack! Attach to Outer Limits and Frontier.
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otbspecialist (Jan 26, 2019 at 13:50)
Trail Dawa
This trail is definitely not black diamond. It's mostly green with a few blue spots. Should be re-categorized. Aerie trail is MUCH more challenging.
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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 20:52)
Rocky singletrack but a bit wide. No really challenging corners, just a fast rip with a few small drops and optional obstacles to hop over. Definitely intermediate.
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bensgig (Dec 9, 2018 at 14:41)
It’s got a little climb but it is gradual. Good loop with cockscomb.
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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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grampa (Nov 29, 2018 at 12:50)
The rocky section that I see people complaining about is fun as hell and rewards the fitness to ride a few gears down from granny. Riding South to North is the fun rocky climb, then rolling until getting a nice quick descent to Cockscomb. At that point the trail completely changes attitude and becomes a roller coaster of tight natural berms and rollers. I have ridden this each time I've come to Sedona, ofyen in both directions.
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scottyftw (Nov 18, 2018 at 16:23)
The western end suuucks. Just endless rocks on the trail with no rhyme or reason, especially bad if you're trying to climb it. The eastern half is much smoother, great views as well.
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trailtap (May 10, 2018 at 19:06)
Dream trail. River bottom trails are the best natural terrain hands down. Ride Mescel and circle around for a lap on COF. So good
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Tanman34 (Feb 19, 2018 at 11:13)
Beautifuly carved trail for first 1.5 miles. Flowy and smooth for Sedona trails. Then climb a rocky ridge and descend
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LMARTINEZ23 (Aug 5, 2017 at 11:05)
Awesome riding ! Wet and muddy today
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vRidge (Apr 9, 2015 at 2:52)
What a Blast!! Wish it was longer.
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redpoint (Mar 19, 2015 at 20:37)
Suggest merging this with "To Mescal" as it really is just one trail. The map is confusing as-is.
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thilliar (Feb 27, 2015 at 15:47)
This trail is Canyon of Fools at least the first half.
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thilliar (Feb 15, 2015 at 20:05)
I love this trail, ride it multiple times every time I get a chance.
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  • Altitude min
    4,437 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,560 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,560 ft
  • Grade max
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  • Grade min
    24.1%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Dawa
Jan 28, 2023 @ 6:58pm
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