3 miles
279 ft
-430 ft
Avg time

Axis Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Dry Creek
    Sedona, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (2 votes)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    All Season
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
  • Local Popularity
    65 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in Trail Running
    • 50 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Year Opened
  • Land Manager

The Axis trail is 3.4 miles long. The trail is better ridden in the north (Cockscomb) to south (TBD, TBD, Girdner, Lasso, Girdner) direction. There are five different trail intersections with other trails on the way to Girdner near the Cultural Center. Axis actually crosses Girdner once near Dry Creek and intersects Girdner at the top near the Cultural Center.

In the north to south direction there is a two mile section that is mainly downhill. I have rated the trail in the north to south direction as 20% Beginner, 60% Intermediate, 20% Advanced. If you are a fast rider, I would up all the percentages to indicate a way more advanced ride.

The top section near Cockscomb was a few steep sections that cross a deep drainage twice giving the opportunity for big air by expert riders. Those jump segments should even get better with lots of traffic.

In the lower segment about a mile from the Dry Creek crossing the trail tilts downhill through a very scenic section with two wide fast slickrock drainage sections.

Once you reach the Dry Creek Wash you will cross the Girdner trail heading .6 mile up to Lasso. That trail segment is a much more mellow climb if you are heading to the Cultural Center.The segment from Lasso to upper Girdner is an easy .3 mile long.

Well the total ride from upper Girdner to Cockscomb is totally different depending on your skill level. The first segment to Lasso is 100% a Beginner trail. It’s easy to ride it super fast due to clear lines of site, if you don'T encounter horses, hikers or other mountain bikers.

When you reach the Lasso/Axis intersection turn left and head down to Girdner. This is also a fast, twisty, up and down highballer segment. Beware of other users and use the MTB courtesy rules to reduce user conflicts.

When you reach the lower Girdner crossing the whole Axis experience is going to change for you. This is where the challenging uphill starts for riders who love to climb. There are many challenging short segments that will challenge advanced and expert riders.

Up about X.X mile from lower Girdner crossing there is a new trail TBD1 that will turn west and bring you up to Last Frontier near the gas line crossing. As you pass TBD1 the trail continues to be very steep in several sections. Some of those segments have steep steps, that will add to the challenge factor.

The trail levels out some what with an up and down twisty routing for about 1/2 mile. That section is pretty much a beginner trail. After the beginner section the trail transitions to an up and down rocky techie section that brings you up to the other TBD trail that will take riders over to the Rupp trail. From there up to
Cockscomb Axis become
more challenging again. There are short sections riders looking for challenging uphill trails will love. Pay attention to high speed riders ripping downhill the trail. There are several spots with poor site lines.
Have fun riding Axis it’s a total ripper going south.

Equestrians: This trail is a great connector from the Cultural Park, crossing Dry Creek, to the Cockscomb trail system. Axis trail will end at Cockscomb trail. From here you can take Rupp back across Dry Creek to Girdner (CAUTION: Precipice section) to Stirrup or Saddle Up, back up to the Cultural Park. For a longer ride continue on Cockscomb to Dawa, Arizona Cypress, Anaconda and Girdner (CAUTION: Precipice section) to Stirrup or Saddle Up, back up to the Cultural Park.

Access Info

The Cockscomb trail on the north end and upper Girdner on the south end.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Axis bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -151 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,225 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,613 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,613 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,462 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,099 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
  • view trail stats
on Apr 18, 2020
Avg: 4.25 (8 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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  • < 50%
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  • Both Directions
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
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  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to axis trailhead (34.879090, -111.857680)
      update trails status or condition

      Axis Trail Reports

      Apr 18, 2020 @ 4:16pm
      Apr 18, 2020
      Mar 6, 2020 @ 10:11am
      Mar 6, 2020
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 6 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 239 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      • 0 rides


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      Apr 18, 2020 @ 5:36pm
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      Feb 3, 2020 @ 12:22pm
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      Feb 3, 2020 @ 12:22pm
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      34 |
      Feb 3, 2020 @ 12:22pm
      Feb 3, 2020

      Routes with this trail

      Equestrian AZ Cypress Loop#1
      7 miles
      Equestrian Cockscomb Loop#1
      10 miles
      Dry Creek Axis Tour
      10 miles

      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag randy77 (Feb 3, 2020 at 15:01)
       Rode yesterday with four other experienced Sedona riders and only one cleaned it. Riding from the north it's basically a great bench cut down the West Fork of Dry Creek with narrow tricky turns. Cross Girdner and climb around the top of Tim`s Wash then either way to the Cultural Park or Color Cove which leads to Dry Creek road.
      • + 1
      flag IMSummers (Feb 8, 2020 at 16:26)
       First ride today. Pretty fun but definitely not a black diamond unless these something gnarley I the first 0.5 mile, which I didn’t ride. I pretty easily cleared the whole trail. Similar in style and difficulty to Girdner. Pretty steady climb out if you ride it north to south. I rode Girdner up and cut across at the new Rover trail (completed today) which cut out some of the climb out. Fun trail if you are already riding in the area, not one that I would personally seek out.
      • + 0
      flag BasedGawd (Feb 12, 2020 at 6:01)
       Fun, but probably more intermediate than advanced. The steepest sections of outer limits or the exposed parts of ledge-and-airy are much more difficult.

      Very comparable to outer limits, but a bit shorter.
      • + 0
      flag mountainbikerak (Feb 26, 2020 at 13:35)
       Definitely not a black diamond. How can we update this?

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