1 miles
Distance
218 ft
Climb
-194 ft
Descent
00:15:30
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Sketch Trail

Sketch Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Sedona
    Sedona, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    All Year
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #13213 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    USFS

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 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
    0.36%
  • Grade max
    -18.367%
  • Grade min
    17.313%
  • Distance climb
    3,416 ft
  • Distance down
    2,605 ft
  • Distance flat
    696 ft
  • Avg time
    00:15:30
  • Avg reverse time
    00:13:39
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Status:
on Mar 19, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4.15 (7 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • 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
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • 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
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
  • Other Other
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 105 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
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      • 380 rides
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      May 27, 2019 @ 1:14pm
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      Feb 28, 2018 @ 8:45am
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      Jan 7, 2016 @ 7:42pm
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      Jan 7, 2016 @ 7:42pm
      Jan 7, 2016

      Routes with this trail

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      Sedona: Triple H
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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag FlatlandDH (Feb 28, 2019 at 21:06)
       Ride it from South to North. Amazing views and try not to miss the junction to take Ridge trail South for some good downhill flow!!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag bensgig (Mar 27, 2019 at 14:02)
       Gave it a 3 as it’s just slow Tech and you’ll have about a total of 10 seconds of flow the whole time. I’d skip next time.
      [Reply]

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