1 miles
630 ft
-621 ft
Avg time
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Sketch Details

  • Riding area
    Sedona, Arizona
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    All Year
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on trail
  • Ride in rain
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

The newly adopted Sketch trail has been a long term favorite of the local Sedona mountain bike community. The FS has recently done several re-routes to make the trail more user friendly to advanced/intermediate riders. The trail is rated as 75% intermediate, 20% advanced and 5% advanced with exposure. The trail is easiest to ride from north to south mostly downhill direction. The south to north direction is totally rideable by more experienced riders who like narrow challenging uphill trails.

One of the nice characteristics of the trail is that it can be ridden after 3 or 4 hours of clear weather after heavy rain periods due to the rocky nature of the trail tread. This trail is also very scenic and offers great views of the major rock formations (Cathedral Pyramid,, Thunder Mountain, Bell Rock and Courthouse) surrounding Sedona. There is a special break spot about halfway through the ride with a great view of the Carroll Canyon wash several hundred feet below. There are some berms on several turns to allow for a faster ride in those sections.

Since Sketch intersects the Ridge trail at the north and south ends it offers and optional route between the Chavez gravel road (south end) and the Recycle Center (north end). For advanced riders that have good climbing skills and don't mind some exposure, Sketch is a much more enjoyable ride in the south to north direction.

Access Info

The Sketch trail intersects the Ridge trail which starts at the Recycle Center at the north end or Chavez gravel road at the south end.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Sketch mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    9 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,205 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,357 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,256 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,265 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,694 ft
  • Distance down
    1,783 ft
  • Distance flat
    3,638 ft
  • Avg time
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on Oct 3, 2017
Avg: 4.25 (4 votes)

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Sketch Trail Reports

Oct 3, 2017 @ 6:50am
Oct 3, 2017
Feb 18, 2017 @ 10:18am
Feb 18, 2017
reporter Lots of fun
Mar 22, 2016 @ 7:07pm
Mar 22, 2016
Dry, loose (new) trail. lots of fun if you can handle side hills.
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Routes with this trail

Sedona: Triple H
30 miles
AES: Sedona BFL 2018 race
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