15.7 miles
1,538 ft
-1,552 ft
4,731 ft
High Point

Intermediate level ride featuring some great singletrack in the west end of Sedona. These are some "must do" trails while visiting

This ride is mostly short ups and downs, rolling terrain, very swoopy and some flow, but still rocky enough to keep you honest. Watch out for hikers at the start of Chuck Wagon, but after a few miles it isn't an issue. Mescal trail features a long slick rock shelf with spectacular views, definitely worth a stop to soak in the views. Aerie and Cockscomb trails offer great views of Fay Canyon, Bear Mountain, Cockscomb Rock, and Doe Mountain.

Detailed Description
Chuck Wagon - Mescal - Aerie Loop is a 16 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 2 trails. This route climbs 1,538 ft with a max elevation of 4,731 ft then descends -1,552 ft.
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8 Reviews & Comments

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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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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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ArizonaAdrenaline (May 21, 2020 at 15:05)
Overall, absolutely fantastic. The trail (from a more beginner rider’s) perspective is relatively moderate . There are definitely a few areas (primarily the beginning) at the dove mtn. parking lot that were sketchy and I personally had to walk. But Upper Aerie was easily my all time favorite Sedona trail. Really fun and challenging.
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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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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 12:50)
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.
  • + 1
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.
  • + 0
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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    4,355 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,621 ft
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    4,610 ft
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