1 miles
218 ft
-194 ft
Avg time
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Sketch Details

  • Riding area
    Sedona, Arizona
  • Difficulty rating
  • 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
    24 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,250 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,337 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,252 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,276 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3,416 ft
  • Distance down
    2,605 ft
  • Distance flat
    696 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Apr 16, 2018
Very Dry
Avg: 4.4 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to sketch trailhead (34.833519, -111.799482)
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Sketch Trail Reports


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Jan 7, 2016 @ 7:42pm
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Jan 7, 2016 @ 7:41pm
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Jan 7, 2016 @ 7:40pm
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Routes with this trail

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

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0:06 | 241 | Apr 28, 2014 , Sedona
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