2.5 miles
Distance
168 ft
Climb
-240 ft
Descent
00:32:11
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 (5 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Adaptive MTB
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #433 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #5465 in Trail Running
    • #1420 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 90 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.

Disclaimer

Equestrians Restricted

Adaptive Bike Info
aMTB 3 Rating: Major obstacles exist. You will not be able to ride this solo. Support rider needed.

About 100 yards of Narrow Exposed Off-Camber w/ledge drop-off though middle section. One major rock pinch spot from north end. An out and back from either end of trail is possible for adaptive but middle section is a no go.

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More Stats for Mescal mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -71 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,479 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,699 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,561 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,491 ft
  • Grade
    -0.5%
  • Grade max
    -21.8%
  • Grade min
    24.1%
  • Distance climb
    5,052 ft
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    2,221 ft
  • Avg time
    00:32:11
  • Avg reverse time
    00:37:38
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Status:
on Oct 10, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 4.6 (64 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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      Mescal Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 18 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 218 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
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      • 1,916 rides
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      11 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      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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      • + 2
      szed3 (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.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      otbspecialist (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
      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
      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
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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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      • + 1
      iabductaliens (Jul 23, 2020 at 10:10)
       What is the best direction to ride this trail?
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      • + 0
      madmax237 (Dec 29, 2020 at 8:04)
       I felt that 95% of the trail is intermediate or below, but there is some exposure. Honestly I felt this trail was a little over hyped in terms of the actual fun of riding, but it's definitely worth it for the views.
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      • + 1
      gnarflow13 (Jan 19, 2021 at 11:12)
       Some real fun flat slickrock sections, great rock rolls, and a little bit of nice flowy ST. Super fun trail, on par with Canyon Of Fools for being the best trail in West Sedona.
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      • + 1
      jamesapdx (Mar 31, 2021 at 10:00)
       Views are epic. Total fun slickrock with some exposure. A bit of hike a bike for beginners/intermediates in places, but not to be missed if in the area. Was serenaded by a bagpiper! darkislepiper.com
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      • + 0
      Escottimilhizer (May 15, 2021 at 8:56)
       This trail is only worth riding for the aesthetics. The trail is an intermediate (at best) and marked as such by the signs around the route. There are a few short punchy climbs but otherwise it’s unremarkable. Unless you are looking to take an inexperienced rider on a visually appealing trail, its not worth it.
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