3.2 miles
289 ft
-669 ft
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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 (11 votes)
  • Trail Type
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
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  • 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 multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -380 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,084 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,645 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,474 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,094 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,755 ft
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on Jan 29, 2023
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Avg: 4.6 (123 votes)
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      Hiline Trail Reports

      Jan 29, 2023 @ 3:30pm
      Jan 29, 2023
      Super wet on the climb and the first 2-3 switchbacks down. ‘The chute’ was fine but I’d wait another week to let it dry.
      Jan 29, 2023 @ 3:30pm
      Jan 29, 2023
      Jan 20, 2023 @ 9:41pm
      Jan 20, 2023
      Definitely some ice on the steep waterway descents. Some snow on the shades higher parts, but all the snowy parts were rideable. A little bit of...
      Jan 20, 2023 @ 6:35pm
      Jan 20, 2023
      Jan 18, 2023 @ 7:32pm
      Jan 18, 2023
      Wet sections on backside. Chute and lower steeps seem pretty blown out. Use caution. Exit was to Baldwin is running water.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 44 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 748 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      • 7,892 rides
      • Last: Feb 8, 2023


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      36 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      JustinNKadzT (Nov 13, 2022 at 11:45)
      I’m not really sure why I’m seeing so many comments saying that the climb is really technical and difficult. As a double black, riding this trail for the first time I expected the climb to be pretty gnarly but was really surprised to see it’s was actually pretty mellow (for a double black) I’ve been riding for roughly 3 months (with a background in motocross) and can damn near clean the whole climb in sections of course. I think there are many single black trails in Sedona with much harder climbs and I think the reason this trail is so popular because the climb is relatively easy compared to how fun fast and long the downhill is. My opinion is that the double black rating comes from the exposure and the downhill. If you’re iffy about it I would suggest going with at least 1 other person but there’s nothing that’s extremely difficult about this trail. The grip here is pretty good, the views are fantastic, the downhill is fun and if you’re not comfortable with sending everything on hiline you can absolutely walk these sections. Overall this trail is extremely fun and I now know why this is one of sedonas more popular trails.
      • + 0
      robynanderson (Nov 11, 2022 at 15:50)
      You can’t believe everything you read on the internet. Honest review from a few BC Baddies who work 9-5s but hit the trails and the beers pretty hard. Up:chiller. Some exposure but nothing you can’t walk. This trail is literally full of 60+ y/o hikers but they will definitely tell you you’re brave so that’s a plus for Hiline. Down: starts chiller, you will be on a high horse and think you’re sick. There’s a canyon that opens up the gnar but again, nothing you can’t walk. It’s only about 300 m of spice then it’s all gravy. If you’ve got bike control skills, you’ll be fine!
      • + 0
      alexmarengo (Oct 14, 2022 at 17:22)
      As an average rider I think this trail has a very hard climb but a reasonable downhill with only a couple of hardcore sections and not much exposure as described. If in doubt, go for it.
      • + 0
      Gurky (Aug 31, 2022 at 16:48)
      Climb is technical but enjoyable; it will really test your power and balance. The descent is puckering for a few short sections and then mellows out into some red dirt flow. Expect big, steep, chunky lines on the descent portion.
      • + 0
      thechrisfr (Jul 25, 2022 at 18:54)
      I enjoyed it and hated it at the same time! Enjoyed it because the views are insane! Hated it because too much hike a bike for an intermediate rider like me. I fell twice on the technical gnarly DH sections. I guess you’ll enjoy the trail if you are good at technical climbs with rocks everywhere. I’m not.
      • + 0
      BenKoe (May 9, 2022 at 16:30)
      If you're on the fence about riding this trail, ride a couple of the blacks (slim shady or made in shade). If you can ride those pretty comfortably then you can do the majority of hiline. I rode it solo and I think I'm an advanced-intermediate rider, however I walked down most of the super steep stuff at the end. But up to that point it was a blast. Exposure wasn't as bad as I expected, definitely some scary sections but it was never a straight drop, if you fell you'd probably be able to grab a tree (or ). Watch some videos to get an idea of what it's like.
      • + 0
      hansbauck (Mar 30, 2022 at 15:17)
      Rode this a couple of times recently. Was my first trip to Sedona.

      Fun trail. Scenic. Challenging climb. The descent is Squamish green until the end, then it becomes Squamish blue
      • + 1
      Julski86 (Mar 29, 2022 at 19:52)
      This is my first commentary in Trailforks. I'm an older, advanced female rider. And this trail deserves my two cents. First, oh yes it is a double all day if you rode the whole trail. There are ample opportunities to f-up. The challenge is well worth it for the massive accomplishment anyone will feel afterwards.
      • + 0
      ChossSloth (Dec 15, 2021 at 7:06)
      So hard. So exposure. Don't ride unless you're the best
      • + 5
      Trailfingers (Oct 18, 2021 at 16:51)
      What this guy's said. All you're doing by sandbagging folks and saying it's not a double black, is clogging up the trail with more beginners, who will be HAB most of the fun parts. In Sedona, this is certainly a dbl black. Boast to your friends if you have any, or Facebook, not on trailforks. No one cares how much you supposedly shred on here.
      • + 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
      • + 3
      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.
      • + 1
      Rider51 (Jan 3, 2022 at 22:16)
      Excellent post. I've been looking at this as I'm pretty used to technical trails, having lived in New England for years (lots of rocks and roots, in and out of endless tress), but this appears to be another level.
      • + 5
      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
      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.
      • + 0
      brahhh (Jan 16, 2021 at 13:15)
      Weeeee! 5 stars!
      • + 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
      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
      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
      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
      • + 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.
      • - 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
      • + 0
      specialev EMBA (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
      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.
      • + 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.
      • + 1
      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
      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...
      • + 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
      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.
      • + 1
      slusapet (Oct 21, 2018 at 15:36)
      And a fantastic view over the whole valley!
      • + 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
      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.
      • + 2
      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
      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.
      • + 1
      jfrancomd (Aug 29, 2017 at 11:47)
      Now this is DOWNHILL ONLY!!
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