5.6 miles
Distance
727 ft
Climb
-733 ft
Descent
4,570 ft
High Point

This loop is great for intermediate riders. Newer riders will also enjoy it, but be prepared for some technical and rocky sections on Scorpion, as well as a challenging climb up Old Post. Starting from the Scorpion Trailhead, head onto Scorpion Trail and descend over rocky terrain (find the flow by pumping up and over all the baby heads). Scorpion forks about halfway down, with Pyramid continuing to the right with steeper terrain. Stay left on Scorpion for fast and flowy downhill. At the bottom, take the road straight across from the trail and head towards Old Post. Climb up technical and sustained terrain to Skywalker. Hand a left and climb to the high point via rolling terrain and then descend back towards the Trailhead.

Detailed Description
CRLCYN 2 is a 6 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Sedona Arizona. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 4 trails. This route climbs 727 ft with a max elevation of 4,570 ft then descends -733 ft.
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24 Reviews & Comments

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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 17, 2022 at 20:54)
Trail Old Post
I would agree with the intermediate assessment, with a few beginner, and few expert sections. Going up will challenge your skill, and patience, and down has a few places where you can pick up real speed, but the good news is the trail is wide enough to where even the expert sections has options to get through that make it seem reasonable.
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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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GeoffHollister (Jan 14, 2021 at 20:31)
Trail Old Post
Ride this trail north to south (green to red). Starts out as a a flowy xc ride and ends on a wide open romp down to Chavez ranch road. There are lots of fun line choices through all the chunky rock on the downhill portion of this trail. It’s most likely the fastest climbing rout out of the hole, but you might see some fast traffic coming at you.
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Medic741 (Dec 8, 2020 at 6:22)
Trail Skywalker
Rode this at subset and
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gwandsh (Oct 26, 2020 at 8:06)
Trail Old Post
Did Herkenham to Old Post, down OP to road. Then back up and OP to Skywalker for a loop. Lots of S-N uphill techie enough to make it 50/50, but the constant cranking up drained the tank quickly. Coming from near sea level, and 30 mph winds today also didn't help much.
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DrewZiraldo (Oct 19, 2020 at 11:27)
Trail Scorpion
After working on tech skills a lot, this one becomes more fun. Rocky but janky flow f you are very aggressive. It is a fun downhill for advanced people. Be ready for switchbacks and punchy uphills. Pyramid is an awesome option halfway but lower scorpion has a fun fast flow that is easier than Pyramid. But if you are advanced take Pyramid...
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DrewZiraldo (Sep 7, 2020 at 8:43)
Trail Old Post
Either direction has its merits on this trail. Climbing up to West Sedona is fun because of a few rock gardens that can be a challenge and followed by a great flow down on the Northside. Going south is great because its a fun downhill with good rock gardens to fly over and some fast sections. Good views the whole way.
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jzamby (Jul 1, 2020 at 10:05)
Trail Scheurman
If you like raw, natural trails you will enjoy this trail. It is similar to Hot Loop and the end of Turkey Creek.
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DrewZiraldo (Jun 15, 2020 at 15:25)
Trail Scorpion
I only love the bottom half of this trail. If you ride it as an out and back starting at the bottom, it is a nice uphill until Pyramid then turn around and bomb down the flowy slickrock sections with less chunk than the top half of the trail. The top half is an insufferable grind thru sharp volcanic rocks that have not been removed from the trail and it keeps the flow from ever forming.
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M3Cavalry (Feb 17, 2020 at 19:25)
Trail Scorpion
Did not like this one. Despite the topography you never felt you’re able to bomb downhill. Endless chunk and lots of tight, short rocky uphills. There is no flow or rhythm possible.
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Markinman75 (Dec 9, 2019 at 12:52)
Trail Scheurman
Either way you go on this trail it’s straight up for a half mile or so on each end. The vista where it meet Lime Kiln is your typical breathtaking Sedona panorama however you can get the same view many other places for less work. I tried this trail because I’ve tried most of them in town and thought I should give it a go. If you mr deciding on this trail for the same reason, pick a trail you liked and re-ride it is my advice.
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BasedGawd (Jun 30, 2019 at 6:15)
Trail Scorpion
This should absolutely be an advanced trail. The lowest, flowier section is probably borderline blue/black, and the upper section is 100% advanced. It is comparable, or maybe slightly more difficult, than nearby black rated Ridge or Skywalker.
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bensgig (Mar 27, 2019 at 7:14)
Trail Scorpion
This is not rated properly. This is more of an advanced trail. Not because of ledges or jumps but because it is rock chunky the first halfway, well for the first half of it. Which makes this trail totally crappy. I was super disappointed. There is no flow to it. I can’t say for the second half because I got off the trail and road pyramid which was way better.
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bensgig (Mar 25, 2019 at 14:00)
Trail Old Post
Yeah what he said. From the bottom it’s just one big rocky climb. Not much fun. Do it from the north south
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FlatlandDH (Feb 28, 2019 at 17:50)
Trail Skywalker
Very fun, minimal wet spots. Prime for this weekend!! Great views from the top & great flow going down!!
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otbspecialist (Jan 20, 2019 at 16:53)
Trail Scorpion
Rode uphill. Significantly tougher than other blue surrounding trails. I'm intermediate and walked a bunch of sections.
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asspadtycoon (Dec 20, 2018 at 7:26)
Trail Scorpion
This trail has some pretty tough rocky sections that will be very challenging for intermediate riders. Head across the street (Red Rock Loop Rd) and hit the Skywalker/Old Post/Harkenham loop while you're in the area.
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slusapet (Oct 21, 2018 at 17:49)
Trail Skywalker
Absolutely amazing million dollar view at the top!
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slusapet (Oct 21, 2018 at 17:45)
Trail Old Post
Took Old Post again from Herkenham to Carrol's Canyon. Positively all uphill...
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slusapet (Oct 21, 2018 at 17:59)
Trail Old Post
Not for sure if it was Old Post or Carrol Canyon that had a really jagged, uphill, climb. Most likely have to walk this one.
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slusapet (Oct 21, 2018 at 17:40)
Trail Skywalker
Skywalker is a relatively flat and long-feeling mostly uphill trail(heading from Old Post to Herkenham)with a decent descent at the beginning.
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slusapet (Oct 21, 2018 at 17:38)
Trail Old Post
Lots of loose rocks. Grip required!
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slusapet (Oct 21, 2018 at 17:38)
Trail Old Post
We took Old Post to Skywalker. Mostly uphill with some small descents.
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Trails in Route

Scheurman371 ft
Scorpion2 miles
Old Post3,478 ft
Skywalker1 mile

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  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
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  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    115
More Stats for CRLCYN 2 mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,027 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,450 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,446 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -29.9%
  • Grade min
    27.2%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,461 ft
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