3 miles
Distance
358 ft
Climb
-423 ft
Descent
00:30:48
Avg time
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Mescal Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Dry Creek
    Sedona, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (3 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #376 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 60 in Trail Running
    • 90 in Hiking

The trail is 2.6 miles long and is one of the most popular trails in Sedona. The south end of the trail starts at the Chuck Wagon intersection on the south side of Long Canyon Rd. The north end of the trail starts at the Deadmans Pass trail.

The actual trail tread is on both slickrock and dirt. Some of the route is on slickrock ledges which adds to it's uniqueness. During the ride there are two alternate lines for higher skilled riders to enjoy. If you are an advanced skilled rider you will love this ride. If you are a lesser skilled rider you will walk a few sections, but will hopefully be able to improve your skills for the next time you ride it.

ADAPTIVE MTB INFO
Rating: aMTB3 - Major Obstacles Exist - Support Rider Needed
Dilemmas: Narrow Exposed Off-Camber w/ledge drop-off, One major rock pinch spot

Adaptive Riders, if you are up for it, this trail is actually really fun. A lot of work, but worth it.

Disclaimer

Equestrians Restricted

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Mescal mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -64 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,478 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,708 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,560 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,496 ft
  • Grade
    -0.482%
  • Grade max
    -24.493%
  • Grade min
    22.316%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,683 ft
  • Avg time
    00:30:48
  • Avg reverse time
    00:36:09
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Status:
on Jul 2, 2020
Very Dry
Avg: 4.55 (45 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
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  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • 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
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  • Sight Sight
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  • 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
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  • Dock Dock
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      Mescal Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 5 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 305 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 981 rides
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      Dec 7, 2016 @ 6:38am
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      Mar 3, 2015 @ 9:02pm
      Mar 3, 2015

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      6 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag grampa (Nov 29, 2018 at 12:56)
       A must if you're in the area. kinda black, but nothing gnarly so more like a blue with a few feet of technical single moves then carry on with some fun riding in beautiful terrain.
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      • + 1
      flag ssip (Jan 4, 2019 at 21:30)
       Good warm-up/Sedona intro ride if it's your first time here. A little bit of everything: slick rock tech, cornering over loose rock and the infamous Sedona 'dirt'. More intermediate/blue with a few challenging slick rock techy sections.
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      • + 1
      flag Tahkekid (Jan 20, 2019 at 16:58)
       I'm intermediate and loved this trail. Off bike walking a few sections but no real hike a bike.
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      • + 0
      flag cemoorelife TRAILFORKS (Jul 10, 2019 at 15:41)
       Really great trail, a bit of a grunt of a climb initially but not too bad then the trail opens up to go around the inside of a fab red rock structure. Nothing super hard. Great views and a great fun trail.
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      • + 1
      flag twowheeledwanderer (Nov 16, 2019 at 7:42)
       I think this is one of the most beautiful and unique trails in Sedona. It runs along the base of Mescal Mountain and a good portion of it is on red slickrock. There are some techy sections, but they're easily walkable if you don't feel comfortable. I wrote up a blog post about the 8 best trails in Sedona (in my opinion) and Mescal is one of them twowheeledwanderer.com/posts/my-eight-favorite-mountain-bike-trails-in-sedona-arizona
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      • + 0
      flag Jaimelynn44 (May 25, 2020 at 14:27)
       This is an amazing trail! Well worth it. Don’t let the black scare you. Should be blue.
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