9 miles
1,380 ft
-1,513 ft
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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More Stats for Cultural Center 9.1 Mile Very Technical Ride mountain bike route
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  • Altitude start
    4,497 ft
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  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,663 ft
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      Dec 10, 2018 @ 7:32am
      Dec 10, 2018
      Now mostly ridable particularly riding south; still tricky going north. Most of the loose deep sand has compacted with bike use and recent light rain. Section coming out of the southern most section of the wash has been rerouted to where it joins Last Frontier and is now pleasant as is the reworked trail up to Yavapai College parking.
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