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

  • Riding area
  • 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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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Girdner
Oct 20, 2018 @ 2:00pm
Oct 20, 2018
Due to major flooding a couple of weeks ago the 9 or so river crossing are all washed out. Several of the old crossing points now have huge tree debris blocking the route making detours necessary. Virtually all the sandy\small rocks of the river bottoms are gone leaving large undulating rock piles. Managed to ride about 4 of the 9 but even those 4 prove problematic exiting the opposite bank due to accumulated deep soft sand and steep washed out sides. Will need a lot of compacting and riding over the cobbles to make it rideable again; maybe even some trail work needed here.
Last Frontier
Apr 29, 2018 @ 4:36pm
Apr 29, 2018
Drano
Apr 22, 2018 @ 8:54am
Apr 22, 2018
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