12 miles
1,326 ft
-1,508 ft
4,708 ft
High Point

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.

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1 Review & Comments

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flag Mtngriz (Apr 18, 2018 at 7:51)
 Better ridden in the opposite direction

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Trails in Route

Chuck Wagon1 miles
Mescal1 miles
Yucca2,172 ft
Canyon of Fools2,428 ft
Dawa443 ft
OK1,352 ft
AZ Cypress492 ft
Anaconda Bypass778 ft
Anaconda (garnet Hill)1 miles
Snake2,461 ft
AZ Cypress2,825 ft
Anaconda Bypass778 ft
Anaconda (garnet Hill)889 ft
AZ Cypress620 ft
Dawa (to AZ Cypress)4,485 ft
Cockscomb4,255 ft
Aerie4,606 ft
Deadmans Pass2,264 ft
Mescal1 miles
Yucca2,172 ft
Canyon of Fools2,428 ft


  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
  • Ridelogs
More Stats for Mescal, Canyon of Fools, Garnet Hill, Snake, Aerie - Intermediate/Advanced Mountain Bike Route mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,380 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,643 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,461 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 3.5 (6 votes)
Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Activity Type
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency
Canyon of Fools
Canyon of Fools
1:47 | 16 | comments: 0 | favs:
Oct 20, 2018
trail: Aerie
0:47 | 19 | comments: 0 | favs:
Oct 20, 2018
Gotta love the Berm on Aerie trail. https://sedonamtbtrails.com
Deadmas Pass
Deadmas Pass
0:55 | 12 | comments: 0 | favs:
Oct 20, 2018
Great warm up trail. https://sedonamtbtrails.com

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Nov 12, 2018 @ 11:26am
3 days
Oct 10, 2018 @ 12:24pm
Oct 10, 2018
Deadmans Pass
Oct 10, 2018 @ 12:24pm
Oct 10, 2018
Damp in spots, hero dirt for the most part.
Oct 10, 2018 @ 9:40am
Oct 10, 2018
Some water on the trail but generally dry. Love this trail every time we do it! Intermediate riders should consider walking a few small sections of this trail. Beginner riders should probably stay clear of this trail unless they are comfortable walking and not afraid of some steep xposure
Anaconda (garnet Hill)
Oct 10, 2018 @ 9:40am
Oct 10, 2018
Great climb up from the bottom. Nice sustained climb and all in good condition
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