3.2 miles
573 ft
-567 ft
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Airport Loop Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Carroll Canyon
    Sedona, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #47581 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    35 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in Trail Running
    • 90 in Hiking

Intermediate 50%, advanced 40% and expert 10%, 3.2 mile MTB trail which is a bi-directional singletrack with a lot of technical rocky sections with exposure to spiny vegetation. The trail tread is mostly in packed dirt with river rock impeding the flow at times. I prefer to ride the trail in the counter clockwise direction and the trail is a connector for several other fun rides.


Equestrians Restricted

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More Stats for Airport Loop bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    6 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,481 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,742 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,594 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,600 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    604 ft
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on Jan 14, 2021
Avg: 1.9 (24 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Airport Loop Trail Reports

      Jan 14, 2021 @ 10:17am
      Jan 14, 2021
      Not even fun. Most of the trail is unrideable. I say double black at least. Super sketch with exposure and cactus and just plain miserable.
      Jan 12, 2021 @ 3:16pm
      Jan 12, 2021
      Fun ride - DH linking to Bandit is why you want to ride this trail...well worth it
      Nov 28, 2020 @ 8:48am
      Nov 28, 2020
      Very rocky on the South and West side and almost unrideable. Ribale on North and East Side. Hiked it. While hiking, I cleared off a lot of the...
      Feb 26, 2019 @ 1:51pm
      Feb 26, 2019
      Apr 12, 2018 @ 11:44am
      Apr 12, 2018
      We actually hiked this. I can't imagine why you would want to cycle it- too many walkers, short, big cobbles, etc. Lots of much better rides...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
      6 Months
      • 12 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      • 97 rides


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      Routes with this trail

      Sedona: Triple H
      30 miles

      19 Reviews & Comments

      • - 1
      I8blackdog (May 20, 2017 at 8:50)
       Who ever rated this a black should get punched in the throat. I love techy stuff but this trail is very difficult. Embedded with baby head and bigger rock for hike a bike fun. I did ride in a clockwise direction which is consideredably more difficult. My opinion is it's a red or double red.
      • - 1
      PGRTB (Dec 5, 2017 at 6:04)
       I agree with the other comment. The description and rating of the Loop is very misleading and inaccurate. Most of the trail barely qualifies to be called a bike trail at all with only about 30% of the loop really rideable even by an advanced rider.
      • - 1
      Toddzirra (Mar 18, 2018 at 18:30)
       This is not only the worst trail I’ve ridden in Sedona, it’s the worst trail I’ve ever ridden anywhere. I am able to ride most black trails and was only able to ride about 30% of this between the boulder fields and exposure.
      • + 1
      grovej (Mar 21, 2018 at 9:17)
       The North side that connects Airport road to Bandit trail is rideable. I agree with the other comments above for the rest of the trail. The North side also leads you to Sunset trail (not mapped yet) which leads you down to Sunset road or there's a place where you can pop out directly onto Sunset road from Bandit trail.
      • + 1
      SimonBos (May 22, 2018 at 13:28)
       I've lived in Sedona for over 30 years and K owned this area completely. This trail is tough, but once you get the hang of it it actually becomes quite fun. Counter clockwise is the easier way, but both directions are cleanable. The bulk of the trail is very slow speed with embedded boulders, which for most people is a different feel. Arguably the most bang for the buck you'll find in 3 miles. I did it yesterday with 3 dabs, counterclockwise.
      • - 1
      flagtim (Apr 2, 2019 at 9:42)
       100% agree with Toddzirra. This should be hikers only, and with all the other riding options nearby, why would you want to even attempt this horrendous trail...and the guy who said he rode it couterclockwise with three dabs is trolling you, that is not humanly possible, especially with the number of hikers you are likely to encounter
      • + 1
      nrlowe13 (Dec 18, 2019 at 17:49)
       Black is very appropriate for this trail. There are definitely some challenging techy climbs, but if you had a few rides on it, it would be totally cleanable. It was certainly a fun little loop and we were able to do a quick sunset ride right from our AirBnB. Haters gonna hate
      • - 1
      maxturc (Feb 7, 2020 at 10:35)
       Not for bike IMO. Just dit it clockwise and I barely rode my bike. Avoid this trail.
      • + 0
      Axelmac (Feb 17, 2020 at 12:30)
       roks. 2 many roks. roks not fun.
      • + 1
      brettmt (Feb 19, 2020 at 20:41)
       If someone came to me and offered me $50,000,000 to ride this trail again or my gonads would be lopped off and tossed into a white-flame fire, I would personally use the dull Swiss Army knife to castrate myself and deliver my jellybeans to the fires of hell.
      • + 0
      pghmtnbiker (Mar 3, 2020 at 16:15)
       Rode up bandit from old post, then counterclockwise. Tough climb indeed. If you don’t like climbing through tough rocky terrain, skip this trail. The lines in the northeast side are great. Fun maneuvers with some good exposure and one or two lines that could have some bad consequences if you don’t clear them.
      • - 1
      blakeherrmann (Mar 4, 2020 at 8:29)
       Rode counter-clockwise and very rough, full body taxing workout. Would ONLY recommend riding the North section which connects over to Bandit; I did east to west, segment was fun. Also note that Cacti are very prevalent near the trail, got 3 needles in the leg. Good views however not worth riding.
      • - 1
      CharlieAirtime (Apr 12, 2020 at 13:12)
       Been riding for about 12 years now and this is definitely the worst trail I’ve ever written. I just wish I would have read the comments before I went out on it. I am new to Sedona and thought I would try it out based on stupid Trailforks description.
      This is absolutely not a mountain bike trail it is a hiking trail that allows mountain bikes on it. Sidenote, I crashed, Broke my left index finger and destroyed my Garmin.
      • - 1
      Mason13 (Aug 1, 2020 at 12:01)
       f*ck this trail it is the worst trail I have ever ridden, I would have to say only about 10 minutes is actually rideable. It is a good hiking trail but never do this on a bike.
      • + 1
      Finkshawn (Oct 9, 2020 at 20:53)
       Not sure what all of the complaints are about. Is it the greatest trail in Sedona? No. Is it difficult? Of course. Is it rideable? Yes.

      I road it clockwise and enjoyed the challenge. There was a 0.1mi section I chose to walk. But the rest was some fun stuff. I get that it’s a lot of rough rocks, but don’t let that stop you.
      • + 0
      Giyucka (Nov 10, 2020 at 13:34)
       I like the trail clockwise due to the volcanic bolder field on the west side of airport Mesa that is close to impossible to get flow or rhythm in the CC direction and you’ll still have a hike-a-bike section but a much more fun chunkier section leading down to Baldwin Trail.
      • + 0
      nickpiazza810 (Nov 15, 2020 at 15:06)
       This is one of the worst trails I have ever ridden. Rode this with my wife and almost came back a single dude. Hikers only. Not for bikes.
      • + 3
      jshute (Nov 19, 2020 at 16:30)
       I gave it a try (CCW) despite the negative reviews and I thought it was fun. You have to like low speed tech rock crawling, both up and down. It's hard, but there aren't really many expert-level features. Probably only expert-level riders will like it because of the continuous rock gardens for half the trail. I dabbed many times, but only walked a couple awkward exposed features. Most everything should be rideable with a couple of tries.

      Know what you're signing up for, and it's a fun trail. Very different from others in Sedona.
      • + 2
      MikeyMT (Jan 12, 2021 at 17:42)
       Why all the hate...? Trail is fine despite what the reviews here say. Worst trail ever...lol, no chance.

      Its chunky and a few hike a bike sections no doubt...if you're and 'Enduro Bro with a 140 (or bigger) bike' you'll enjoy it - make sure to go Clockwise. If you don't understand the previous sentence best to avoid this and look for a blue

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