3.2 miles
638 ft
-1,001 ft
Avg time
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Hiline Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Village of Oak Creek
    Sedona, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond (10 votes)
  • Trail Type
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #140 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #2486 in Trail Running
    • #1096 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in Trail Running
    • 90 in Hiking

Beginner 20%, intermediate 40%, advanced 20% and expert 20%, 2.62 mile very technical MTB trail which is a bi-directional singletrack, that is up and down with about 400 yards of technical exposed and really steep sections a lesser skilled rider will have to walk. The trail tread is mostly packed dirt mixed with some rocks. There are also sections of slickrock that is fun to ride by all levels of riders. The preferred direction is southeast to northwest and the trail is a great connector for several other fun loops.


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More Stats for Hiline mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -363 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,083 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,660 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,472 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,109 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,483 ft
  • Avg time
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on Oct 13, 2021
Avg: 4.6 (99 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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      Hiline Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 41 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 402 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      • 3,768 rides


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      May 3, 2017 @ 11:49am
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      Trail Lists

      27 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      jfrancomd (Aug 29, 2017 at 11:47)
       Now this is DOWNHILL ONLY!!
      • + 2
      Toddzirra (Mar 18, 2018 at 18:32)
       Amazing trail, lots of exposure on the climb up, but easily walkable. The descent is totally worth it even if you walk the really steep/techy part. One of the best trails I’ve ever ridden.
      • + 4
      asspadtycoon (Apr 2, 2018 at 17:21)
       The summary says that this is a bi-directional trail, but it is NOT. You must catch the trail from Slim Shady and climb up to the Hiline where it's one way all the way to the Baldwin connector.
      • + 1
      Thomasbenko (May 21, 2018 at 19:57)
       Lots of tech uphill on exposed thin single track with a well deserved single track section 1 dh. Section 2dh has rock drops, steeps, sandy rock sections with great corners. Definitely dbl black. Amazing!
      • - 3
      Mntneer (Oct 9, 2018 at 15:09)
       Definitely not a double black. Probably the best trail in Sedona. If you're on the fence, try it out.
      • + 1
      slusapet (Oct 21, 2018 at 15:35)
       Gnarly climb on the ridge for good first third. Some spots are 12inch from the edge, so if you don't like heights then don't take it. Techy climb indeed. The downhill is definitely worth the climb/walk up, though. Views are amazing!
      • + 1
      slusapet (Oct 21, 2018 at 15:36)
       And a fantastic view over the whole valley!
      • + 0
      animal-chin (Nov 11, 2018 at 10:10)
       Over the edge recommended this trail to start out with and we very pleased! After riding for a week straight in Sedona I’d say that this trail is the most fun. Perhaps a double black in spots but I thought it had great flow and the steeps added some great thrill. Totally rideable, so much traction on the rocks and dirt here.
      • + 2
      SoyalOvi (Nov 12, 2018 at 13:57)
       Beautiful trail. Like I've seen mentioned, the blazes on the downhill are guides, not necessarily the best line. Tough part of the climb isn't long. Middle traverse really is beautiful. Not much true exposure; just keep your eyes on the trail! Down hill portion has a handful of techy spots that explain the double diamond rating. A little dusty but not bad. I rode some of those and got to save some for next time : )
      • + 1
      grampa (Nov 28, 2018 at 11:39)
       the last section may only be possible for 1% but the rest is awesome. I love the climb. a fun challenge to clean the whole thing in one go...
      • + 0
      grampa (Nov 29, 2018 at 12:43)
       like everyone says. Start at Slim Shady. One of the most gratifying climbs for being a challenge but every section is rideable... you just gotta focus. From the climb's summit until dropping in to the final descent the trail is just fun and beautiful. For 99% of riders I think they'd talk about how much of the descent they could ride, not how fast or anything. Piecing together what you're comfortable riding and adding a bit more each time you ride this trail is probably a common strategy... and that day you're totally feel it you might get all but one section that I need to see someone ride to figure out the line. one of my top ten favorite trails anywhere!
      • + 1
      andy-legrunge (Dec 30, 2018 at 19:38)
       This trail has become reasonably popular with hikers, so be heads up especially on the weekends. As noted above the trail is 90%+ doable for "average" riders who are comfortable with the exposure, and imo, the exposure is worst where the trail is easiest. Only the last ~1/4 mile will have the majority of riders walking.
      • - 3
      mikemartinson (Apr 10, 2019 at 16:30)
       Basically a North Shore blue
      • + 1
      ajriding (May 1, 2019 at 9:55)
       Great trail. Challenging sections on climb and the steep drop requires a slacked out trail bike or high skill. Great views.
      A must do.
      • + 0
      specialev J-GULCH (Nov 11, 2019 at 6:04)
       This is a fantastic fun trail. The climb is tough with a lot of difficult sections to try and ride clean but it is doable! The downhill is amazing, rough and fast! You can lap the trail by riding Baldwin, Templeton, Slim Shady, HLT...turn right at each intersection. The descent on Baldwin (first right after HLT) is also very fun.
      • - 1
      twowheeledwanderer (Nov 16, 2019 at 7:28)
       Hiline has a small section of techy rock garden, but the rest of the trail is easy and fun. All of it is definitely doable and/or walkable. I'd say it's probably the best red slickrock riding in Sedona. It has become really popular with hikers - not sure why... - so watch your speed. I wrote up a blog post about the 8 best trails in Sedona (in my opinion) and Hiline is one of them twowheeledwanderer.com/posts/my-eight-favorite-mountain-bike-trails-in-sedona-arizona
      • + 1
      Axelmac (Feb 19, 2020 at 20:40)
       Super fun trail. Parking up yavapai then starting on Hiline to Baldwin to Templeton to slim shady makes for a great loop the whole way around. Some of the best views you'll find anywhere paired with an amazingly maintained series of trails.
      • - 2
      Shredmtbaz (Aug 30, 2020 at 15:22)
       This trail is ridiculous no one except pro mountain bikes can do this with out some walking ride at your risk And I really mean that
      • + 2
      Alexrpollock (Oct 23, 2020 at 20:12)
       This is inaccurate, you just suck at mtb
      • + 0
      Spyder6146 (Nov 21, 2020 at 20:44)
       Really fun trail. Great chunky climb in the beginning. Then you can catch your breath on the traverse. Just a couple sections were exposure is an issue, but keep your eyes forward and you'll be fine. The descent was awesome. Super chunky. Riding this trail blind was a blast. The descent is the only double black portion. Speed is your friend if your an experienced rider. I just tried to float the rocks and cleared it pretty easily. Baldwin was a blast too when turning this into a loop. Heads up.. there's usually a group walking lines or hanging out on top of the descent. I gave a couple polite hollers and they let me through. Looking forward to making an even bigger loop with this one in a few days.
      • + 0
      madmax237 (Dec 29, 2020 at 8:01)
       Great trail, the steep rocky chutes at the end definitely make it deserving of a double black but are a lot of fun if you have a slack bike and the skills necessary. The first part of the downhill is fast and a lot of fun too. Uphill is technically challeo and I wasn't for enough to clean everything.
      • + 0
      SlideReady (Jan 11, 2021 at 13:19)
       The climb is very technical and most of the descent is intermediate but the last section through the chute will have you puckered.
      • + 0
      gnarflow13 (Jan 16, 2021 at 13:15)
       Weeeee! 5 stars!
      • + 0
      robertellisw (Mar 9, 2021 at 18:07)
       I read a few comments up that this trail is not a double black. This trail is most definitely a double black and you realize why when you start the DH portion. But all totally worth the ride. Will return with knee pads.
      • + 1
      whskytngofxtrt (Mar 22, 2021 at 9:44)
       I think we need to remember that a big reason for these comment sections is to help out our fellow MTBers make decisions on what to ride or not to ride. To all those saying it’s not so bad, it’s not a double black, easily walkable, etc are doing the largest percentage of bikers a disservice. If you’re an experienced DH guy rocking your sick new enduro, sure go for it. But for the vast majority of riders, your 1-2 day a week weekend warriors, have no business being on this trail unless serious exposure and HAB is your thing. The climb is very techy and the last series of downhills are anything but rideable for all but the most experienced riders...and are even a very difficult HAB. For most riders, there are so many other trails in Sedona on which your time is better spent. This is one of the few double blacks in Sedona for a reason.
      • + 1
      alexlikestrails (Apr 7, 2021 at 13:05)
       Do you know the secret inside joke about Hiline? You are supposed to say it's awesome; that it's difficult but all rideable; a little steep, but not too bad. If you comment otherwise, someone will reply to your comment with a comment of their own and say that you just suck at mountain biking. So there you have it. Now you know the inside joke. The locals meet up for drinks and rate this trail high, to keep out-of-towners off of the good trails. Don't get me wrong -there are some really fun sections with amazing views. However, at least 42% of this loop (Hiline, Templeton) requires hiking a bike. The other 3 hours were on the bike, off the bike, on the bike, off the bike. I wouldn't consider myself a bad rider either -but half the trail is absolutely gnarly with huge consequences for failure. If you are someone that likes sessioning extremely difficult downhill rocky sections, you might enjoy hiline. If you are an advanced rider just looking for a good ride, I would recommend looking elsewhere.
      • + 0
      joerobson (May 13, 2021 at 12:09)
       A steady climb / traverse for the first mile or two before reaching good elevation and some stunning views. The trail comes to a view point over both sides of the hill and it's quite hard to see where you go from here, I had to check GPS.
      After this point you start to descend and it's fun until you hit the super steep rock sections that had a lot of loose dry dirt on, too much risk versus reward for me on a solo ride so I walked it. After this the trail gains some flow again and it feels good to be on more forgiving ground!

      A good trail to tick off the list but it is quite natural and risky in places, not many places to land a helicopter up there for medivac either. Bare that in mind.

      A good trail to tick off the list

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