1.9 miles
Distance
182 ft
Climb
-164 ft
Descent
00:23:21
Avg time

Aerie (Upper) Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Dry Creek
    Sedona, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Family Friendly
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #1374 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #4488 in Trail Running
    • #2521 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 80 in Hiking

The trail is 2.7 miles long and is one of the best intermediate skill level trails in Sedona. The east end starts at the Boynton Canyon parking lot which a lot of the time is full due to its popularity. The west end of the trail starts from a huge paved parking lot called Aerie.

This trail is routed mainly on dirt and some sections have chunks of rock mixed in with dirt which makes paying attention important on this ride. From the east end the trail weaves up and down through a beautiful red soil drainage that increase the fun factor of the trail.

After doing the climb to the high point from either direction the trail rips to the next intersection of your intended ride.

Disclaimer

Equestrians Restricted/Not Suitable for Adaptive MTB

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Aerie (Upper) bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    17 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,561 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,724 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,561 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,580 ft
  • Grade
    0.2%
  • Grade max
    -13.1%
  • Grade min
    16.3%
  • Distance climb
    4,554 ft
  • Distance down
    4,797 ft
  • Distance flat
    906 ft
  • Avg time
    00:23:21
  • Avg reverse time
    00:24:56
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Status:
on Oct 10, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 3.95 (16 votes)

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      Aerie (Upper) Trail Reports

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      Oct 10, 2021 @ 10:18am
      Oct 10, 2021
      Oct 8, 2021 @ 8:26am
      Oct 8, 2021
      Perfect conditions!
      Sep 9, 2021 @ 10:36am
      Sep 9, 2021
      The rocky switchback area can be tricky for early intermediates.
      Sep 6, 2021 @ 4:50pm
      Sep 6, 2021
      Awesome conditions and ride!
      Sep 4, 2021 @ 7:59am
      Sep 4, 2021
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 32 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 393 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,193 rides
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      Photos

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      Oct 9, 2021 @ 9:56am
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      Oct 9, 2021 @ 9:55am
      Oct 9, 2021
      198 |
      May 26, 2020 @ 3:55pm
      May 26, 2020
      196 |
      Apr 4, 2020 @ 8:18pm
      Apr 4, 2020

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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      ArizonaAdrenaline (May 21, 2020 at 15:05)
       Overall, absolutely fantastic. The trail (from a more beginner rider’s) perspective is relatively moderate . There are definitely a few areas (primarily the beginning) at the dove mtn. parking lot that were sketchy and I personally had to walk. But Upper Aerie was easily my all time favorite Sedona trail. Really fun and challenging.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      asspadtycoon (Oct 9, 2021 at 9:49)
       One of my favorite intermediate trails in Sedona. Starting NE and riding SW offers a good workout going mostly uphill over some nice, tacky hardpack with some short technical sections here and there to get you warmed up. When you get to the upper part it really gets fun -- lots of quick, flowy twisty descents with technical sections to keep you on your toes. Oh yeah, and there's the views -- Bear Mtn across the valley is a great backdrop. Enjoy
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