9.2 miles
Distance
1,267 ft
Climb
-1,270 ft
Descent
4,572 ft
High Point

A great loop to get your feet wet and determine if you want to ride Hiline. Start off by taking Skywalker towards Old Post. Descend northward to the first Carrol Canyon Intersection (on the right). Take this towards Ridge and climb to the high point. Enjoy the view and catch your breath before you descend one of the best downhills in Sedona. Ridge will give you some flat out descending and some features that are chunky and steep (great to see how you might feel on Hiline which is steeper with more technical moves). Be ready for some spicy waterfall features. Cross the road to continue down Ridge where the terrain changes from dirt to slick rock with off-camber rock rolls and a final rowdy DH. Turn right up the road and hit Chavez Ranch Rd. Turn left to return to Old Post Trail and climb up to Skywalker. Head back to the Trailhead via Skywalker.

Detailed Description
CRLCYN 3 is a 9 mile less popular expert route located near Sedona Arizona. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 10 trails. This route climbs 1,267 ft with a max elevation of 4,572 ft then descends -1,270 ft.
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49 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 20:57)
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 20:57)
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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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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jshute (Nov 25, 2021 at 20:36)
Trail Ridge
Riding N to S, one of the most fun continuous downhill trails in Sedona. A good mix, fast and flowy, sometimes technical riding, with a couple steep spots in the final section after the slickrock traverse.
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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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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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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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milesmrgn4 (Mar 27, 2021 at 19:35)
Trail Ridge
One of my favorite trails in Sedona (and definitely the most underrated). Has one of the longer sustained downhills around. True black diamond with some chunk and sketchy sections, but flows pretty well overall.
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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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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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Medic741 (Dec 8, 2020 at 6:22)
Trail Skywalker
Rode this at subset and
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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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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 (Sep 27, 2020 at 19:25)
Trail Ridge
Either way this trail is fun. More fun going North to South though. Awesome rock gardens, a couple mandatory drops, slickrock, insane views, and loose stuff so be careful. A true black diamond with a little bit of everything. Heading the other way, from the high point it is a fun and flowy, but shorter and less technical downhill.
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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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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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bensgig (Mar 27, 2019 at 14:01)
Trail Ridge
Ride ride north to south and then connected sketch back. Good ride. More flow than sketch by a million. I’d ride again.
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bensgig (Mar 27, 2019 at 14:00)
Trail Ridge
Fun flowy. Not hard. Couple tech spots. Rode both ways. One creek crossing
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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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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 21:11)
Trail Ridge
Rode it South from Carroll Canyon to Secret Slickrock. Very fun with a bit of technical climbing, but you get rewarded with some nice chunky downhill flow towards the South end... Awesome views from the top.
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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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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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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 24, 2019 at 15:20)
Fun trail. Less technical than most Sedona blue trails.
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otbspecialist (Jan 24, 2019 at 15:20)
Fun trail. Less technical than most Sedona blue trails.
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slusapet (Oct 21, 2018 at 17:53)
Trail Ridge
Ridge trail(the one rated as a blue[Intermediate]), is a nice way to end the day. Good balance between uphill and downhill in either direction. Some calm uphill leading into the parking lot. Take Old Post Parking trail after and to Ridge trail going to and from the parking lot.
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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 17:49)
Trail Skywalker
Absolutely amazing million dollar view at the top!
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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 17:48)
Carrol Canyon to Ridge heading South to North/up, is the route that we took. Mostly all uphill but had some descending. You get to pass through a creek towards the end that usually always has water. Perfect for a stop and quick freshening up! Some rocky tech sections and tight switchbacks out of nowhere!
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slusapet (Oct 21, 2018 at 17:48)
Carrol Canyon to Ridge heading South to North/up, is the route that we took. Mostly all uphill but had some descending. You get to pass through a creek towards the end that usually always has water. Perfect for a stop and quick freshening up! Some rocky tech sections and tight switchbacks out of nowhere!
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slusapet (Oct 21, 2018 at 17:57)
Not for sure if it was Carrol Canyon or Old Post that had a really techy, uphill, tall(12in. or so)rock, climb. Probably have to walk this one.
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slusapet (Oct 21, 2018 at 17:57)
Not for sure if it was Carrol Canyon or Old Post that had a really techy, uphill, tall(12in. or so)rock, climb. Probably have to walk this one.
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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 17:45)
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 17:59)
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 17:40)
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 17:40)
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
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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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

Skywalker499 ft
Over Easy505 ft
Skywalker1 mile
Old Post4,193 ft
Carroll Canyon2,638 ft
Ridge20 ft
Carroll Canyon942 ft
Ridge1 mile
Old Post3,478 ft
Skywalker1 mile

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  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    11
More Stats for CRLCYN 3 mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    3,976 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,446 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,446 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -34.9%
  • Grade min
    31.7%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    5,023 ft
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