9 miles
Distance
1,380 ft
Climb
-1,513 ft
Descent
4,498 ft
High Point

This 9.1 mile loop is a very technical ride and is only recommended for advanced or expert riders. The recommended direction is counterclockwise. If the loop is ridden in clockwise direction several sections will be hike-a-bike and not much fun. I would rate the loop difficulty as follows: 62% intermediate, 30% advanced, 8% expert.

The preferred parking is at the back Cultural Center Area. Many riders can start from West Sedona resorts and ride Hwy. 89A to the Cultural Center. At the Cultural Center you ride northwest on the Girdner trail. Since the loop isn't signed you will need to follow a GPS track to locate the nine intersections.

When you get to the Drano/Ledge'n'Airy intersection the most technical ride is in front of you. If you have struggled on the previous portion of the ride you should consider [L=https://www.trailforks.com/trails/bail-14973/] bailing on the Ledge'n'Airy section of the loop. At the intersection you can stay right (south east) and ride directly to the Cultural Center.

If you choose to ride the Ledge'n'Airy loop section when you intersect the Girdner trail you turn right and proceed south east to the Cultural Center.

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Details

  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Cultural Center 9.1 Mile Very Technical Ride mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,109 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,497 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,364 ft
  • Grade
    -0.279%
  • Grade max
    -36.268%
  • Grade min
    30.557%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,663 ft
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