This is a fantastic cross country ride featuring three climbs, a few incredible descents, including the Canyon of Fools - a flowing trail through a narrow wash - which is one of the coolest trails in Sedona. We have added a climb and descent in the middle of the ride up Garnet Hill (Anaconda) and down Snake, this can easily be skipped if you are in the mood for a shorter ride. The Mescal trail which skirt the edge of a spectacular rock feature is a must do in Sedona and this route has you riding the whole trail and from two different directions so you really appreciate the scenery. We have also routed this ride so that you ride the Canyon of Fools trail twice... which you will be happy about. If you are riding in the early morning you might be lucky and see wildlife including packs of Javelinas (wild pigs).
We had a hard time getting Trailforks to route you back to the car on the paved road.... once you finish Canyon of Fools for the second time, simply hang a left on the paved road and spin back up to your starting point.
Local Trail AssociationVerde Valley Cyclists Coalition (www.vvcc.us)
Trails in Route
Bike typeAM, XC
More Stats for Mescal, Canyon of Fools, Garnet Hill, Snake, Aerie - Intermediate/Advanced Mountain Bike Route mountain bike route
Altitude min4,380 ft
Altitude start4,643 ft
Altitude end4,461 ft
Distance climb4.5 miles
Distance down5.5 miles
Distance flat1.8 miles