8.7 miles
727 ft
-701 ft
4,705 ft
High Point

The Chuckwagon - Mescal - Long Canyon loop is an ideal first ride in Sedona; moderately challenging with plenty of smooth singletrack to get your legs prepared for everything else in the area.

Detailed Description
Chuckwagon - Mescal - Long Canyon is a 9 mile popular expert route located near Sedona Arizona. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 8 trails. This route climbs 727 ft with a max elevation of 4,705 ft then descends -701 ft.
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27 Reviews & Comments

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JulieBr (Nov 5, 2022 at 17:19)
Trail Chuck Wagon
Fun and varied spicy blue trail. It’s a great progression trail for building tech climb and descent skills for intermediate bikers. Enjoyed riding the tech ups as practice for the other black trails in the area.
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Rcbare (Jul 15, 2022 at 8:50)
Trail Chuck Wagon
I guess I’m in the minority, but I’d consider this a black trail. I’m an intermediate rider and there were about 4 or 5 areas I couldn’t clear. Add in some tough uphill rock garden climbs, narrow twisty turns thru trees and slickrock exposure makes this, IMO, a black. Nearby blues, Aerie, Cockscomb, etc are much easier.
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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 7:52)
Rocky sections mostly define this trail and some decent views, but not the highlight of the loop I did.
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mhogan1 (Dec 25, 2021 at 19:55)
Trail Chuck Wagon
Much better than I was expecting, definitely check it out
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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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jamesapdx (Mar 31, 2021 at 10:05)
Trail Chuck Wagon
Super fun trail, longish, with intermediate challenges. A surprise favorite.
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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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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 14:28)
Trail Long Canyon
This trail is so fun. Come off of Mescal and it’s nothing but a downhill race track. A lot of hikers to dodge though.
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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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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 17:43)
Trail Chuck Wagon
A good fun trail.
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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.
  • + 2
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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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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asspadtycoon (Apr 19, 2018 at 14:56)
Trail Chuck Wagon
MtbSince84, the Hiline is double black and the Llama is blue (I'm pretty sure).
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MtbSince84 (Oct 27, 2016 at 9:44)
Trail Chuck Wagon
Hoo boy, it does seem that overall the Sedona trails are over-rated in terms of difficulty. Almost all are given a single-black rating. Bit of a distortion, IMO, and might turn people off. Sure, a trail like Llama might be single black if you want to clean every foot of it. But an intermediate rider will be able to ride and enjoy most of it, and more importantly won't be freaked out be any of it. Compare that to Highline, which is a seriously difficult trail, with quite a bit of exposure and risk if you want to ride it all. Seems wrong for those two trails to have the same rating.
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GTABurnout (May 31, 2015 at 13:37)
Trail Chuck Wagon
Not sure how this trail got a Black Diamond rating. Its basically funn single track with the occasional rock garden.
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MtbSince84 (Oct 27, 2016 at 9:37)
Trail Chuck Wagon
Agreed. To be sure it's not an easy trail (plenty of little challenges), but I'd call it intermediate, especially for Sedona. It's the first trail I ride when I go there - good, fun warmup for the rest of what Sedona has to offer.
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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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redpoint (Feb 21, 2015 at 10:13)
Trail Chuck Wagon
Isn't the east/west section at the far north side called Gunslinger?
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MtbSince84 (Nov 7, 2016 at 7:32)
Trail Chuck Wagon
Not any more. I think when the FS adopted these trails into the system a few years ago, they merged the two trails into one and called the whole thing "Chuckwagon".

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More Stats for Chuckwagon - Mescal - Long Canyon mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    26 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,483 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,489 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,514 ft
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  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,369 ft
Avg: 3.35 (3 votes)

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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Chuck Wagon
Nov 20, 2022 @ 7:32pm
Nov 20, 2022
Mostly ideal, but some areas have a good deal of loose rock. 1/3 of the trail is super crowded on the weekend due to people hiking to devil's bridge. I regret going on the weekend. Cool trail with a lot of variety but not worth it when there is a lot of hikers around.
Nov 19, 2022 @ 5:08pm
Nov 19, 2022
Came across 15 hikers on a Friday - besides that, really unique trail. Lots of fun.
Long Canyon DT
Oct 24, 2022 @ 11:02am
Oct 24, 2022
Some recent washout from rains but all good
Deadmans Pass
Oct 24, 2022 @ 4:02am
Oct 24, 2022
Great trail. Some fun downhills.
To Long Canyon
Oct 3, 2022 @ 11:49pm
Oct 3, 2022
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