2 miles
125 ft
-546 ft
Avg time
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Scorpion Details

  • Riding Area
    Sedona, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    Scorpion is one of the most weather friendly trails in Sedona
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
  • Ride in Rain
  • Global Ranking
    #13009 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking
  • Year Opened
  • Land Manager
    Forest Service

The newly adopted Scorpion trail was previously known as Special Ed,. but when the trail was adopted the FS changed the name to Scorpion which is the mascot of the Red Rock High School, where the trail starts at the north end. In the downhil direction (north to south) the trail is mostly intermediate rated but there are numerous embedded basalt rocks in the trail tread that might be difficult for an intermediated rider to ride at a high speed.

In the downhill direction this trail is going to be one of the most fun trails to ride for advanced and expert riders. There are numerous turns with up and down and turny terrain that will keep riders on their toes. Riders riding downhill at high speeds need to be AWARE that this trail is multi-directional and multi-use, so either hikers or other mountain bikers maybe on the trail traveling in the uphill direction.

Scorpion will be used in the uphill direction as a MAJOR connector trail with the newly adopted Skywalker trail or the old timer Herkenham trail. In the uphill direction the Scorpion trail has short rocky sections that will challenge most intermediate riders and some advanced riders. The newly adopted trail has several re-route sections that mellowed the trail difficulty, so those riders with good climbing skills will have a better chance of climbing the trail without dabbing.

About halfway up the trail riders will come to an intersection of a newly adopted trail called Pyramid. If you are climbing up to Skywalker or Herkenham continue up on Scorpion. For those advanced skilled riders riding downhill you might want to take the Pyramid optional trail to the end of the Scorpion trail.

The Pyramid optional trail gives the advanced skilled rider a 1.2 mile mostly downhill extension with some fairly technical descending sections and technical ledgey up sections that an intermediate rider will most likely end up walking.

At the end of Pyramid you intersect the Scorpion tail where you ride a short section of Scorpion to the dirt parking lot at the Upper Red Rock Loop/Chavez Rd intersection. Hopefully you have a BIG smile on your face at this point.

In the old days there use to be a connector trail called Cakewalk, that trail would take you over to the intersection of Ramshead and Old Post from Scorpion. Both Ramshead and Old Post are important connector trails in the Carroll Canyon area. If you get a chance contact the Red Rock Ranger District and let them know you are interested in them adopting the old Cakewalk trail concept which is being showcased in the current Western Gateway Trails proposal.

Access Info

At the north end the trail is accessed from the Schuerman trailhead. At the south end the trail is accessed from the dirt parking lot at the Upper Red Rock Loop Rd. and Chavez Rd. intersection.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Scorpion bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -421 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,044 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,482 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,465 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,044 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,607 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    656 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
  • view trail stats
on Apr 16, 2018
Avg: 4 (10 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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

  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Directions to scorpion-48867 trailhead (34.845259, -111.829121)
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Scorpion Trail Reports

Apr 16, 2018 @ 3:03pm
Apr 16, 2018
Feb 4, 2018 @ 9:21am
Feb 4, 2018
Jan 23, 2018 @ 2:12pm
Jan 23, 2018
Jan 12, 2018 @ 8:41am
Jan 12, 2018
Dec 16, 2017 @ 3:03pm
Dec 16, 2017
It sucks really rocky cactus left to right take a highline on one section fall off 4 ft drop
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Oct 9, 2018 @ 2:20pm
Oct 9, 2018
Scorpion, Sedona
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Feb 28, 2018 @ 8:05am
Feb 28, 2018
Scorpion, Black Canyon
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Feb 18, 2016 @ 11:47am
Feb 18, 2016
Scorpion, Sedona
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Feb 8, 2016 @ 11:55pm
Feb 8, 2016
Scorpion, Sedona

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Sedona Scorpion
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