Diana Grodnick

Shred the Red – Mountain biking in Sedona’s MTB hotspot

Diana Grodnick

Shred the Red – Mountain biking in Sedona’s MTB hotspot

Mountain Biking Collection by Diana Grodnick

14

Tours

18:14 h

112 mi

11,150 ft

If you’re looking for blissful flow, sensational views and technical riding, you’ll love Sedona’s mountain bike area. Only two hours north of Phoenix in the desert state of Arizona, you’ll find a huge network of trails surrounded by a beautiful, deep red rocky backdrop.

This Collection is aimed at advanced mountain bikers and experts who appreciate technical challenges, climbs and descents, and love flowing trails. On 14 fantastic Tours, I’ll show you the different facets of this mountain bike hotspot including the three well-known trails: Hangover, Hiline and Hogs.

Sedona is popular with all manner of outdoor enthusiasts and it’s important to remember that hikers and horses always have priority on shared trails. You can enjoy sun-drenched rides year-round with conditions being perfect for biking from October to May. In the summer months it is extremely hot. Many Tours start at car parks and you need to buy a Red Rock Pass to enjoy the area. It’s available as a daily, weekly or annual ticket and the cost goes towards conservation and trail building.

Oh yes, I almost forgot one thing. There is an incredible number of cacti along the way. They’re beautiful but don’t be tempted to touch them; the thorns can be so aggressive that, if you hit them at full speed, they can even prick your big toe through your shoe. From my own experience, I recommend that you pack a pair of tweezers so you can remove any thorns with ease. It also makes sense to convert your tyres to tubeless if you can. This will save you a flat or two and increase the fun on the trail.

The small desert town of Sedona in Arizona attracts New Age fans and Vortex worshippers as well as mountain bikers. Whether you're into this mystical side or not, this enchanting place will have a magical pull on you too. Where else can you find such a tightly meshed, world-class trail network in close proximity to a city surrounded by fiery red sandstone formations? This combination makes Sedona a unique mountain biking mecca. The best way to see for yourself is to hit the red trails and stay true to the motto, ‘Shred the Red!’

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Tours & Highlights

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    Difficult
    01:20
    8.09 mi
    6.1 mph
    950 ft
    975 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This trail promises pure adrenaline, lots of grip and sensational views. Hangover is Sedona's signature trail. Only very experienced mountain bikers with sophisticated technical skills - both uphill and downhill …

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  • Difficult
    01:17
    8.05 mi
    6.3 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On this tour, you'll go around Cathedral Rock, one of Sedona's most photographed sandstone pillars. For the grandiose view you have to master about 100 meters uphill. This section is …

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  • Difficult
    00:34
    3.45 mi
    6.0 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The three Hog trails are a true slick rock paradise. New technical challenges lurk around almost every corner. The hogs include High on the Hogs, Hog Heaven, and Hog Wash. …

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  • Difficult
    00:59
    6.55 mi
    6.7 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    You start this round in the west of Sedona at the Thunder Mountain Bike Shop. A short time later you will reach the start of the Tea Cup Trail, which …

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  • Difficult
    01:20
    8.22 mi
    6.1 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The tour begins at the Devils Bridge parking lot on Dry Creek Road. From here your single trail adventure starts with the Chuckwagon Trail, which takes you to the highlight …

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  • Difficult
    01:28
    9.58 mi
    6.6 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The tour begins at the Little Horse Trailhead. Here you take the Bellrock Pathway which will take you to the Little Horse Trail. After about a kilometer and a half you branch off to Llama, a beautiful trail with some technical uphill sections. Less experienced bikers will be challenged here. For the most part, the trail meanders smoothly through the desert landscape, which is why it promises pure driving pleasure.

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  • Difficult
    00:42
    4.89 mi
    7.0 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The tour is a good introduction to the enchanting trail landscape of Sedona - not too difficult, but still, or perhaps because of that, really fun.You start at the …

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  • Difficult
    01:18
    8.38 mi
    6.5 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Scorpions starts in the west of Sedona directly at the high school, whose mascot is the namesake of the trail. If you can maneuver smoothly through tight curves peppered with …

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  • Difficult
    01:24
    7.73 mi
    5.5 mph
    825 ft
    800 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    You start the tour in the west of Sedona opposite the high school, where there is also a small parking lot right at the trail entrance.Right at the beginning …

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  • Difficult
    01:04
    7.00 mi
    6.5 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On this tour you will circle the East and West Twin Butte. It starts at the Little Horse Trailhead. Via the Bell Rock Pathway you can quickly reach the Little …

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  • Difficult
    03:34
    19.3 mi
    5.4 mph
    1,800 ft
    1,800 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The tour begins at the Devil's Bridge Trailhead. You can warm up on Chuckwagon and Mescal. Approximately in the middle of Mescal, the highlight of the tour, the Canyon of Fools Trail, begins at a beautiful vantage point.You won't find any other trail that resembles the Canyon of Fools in Sedona. Most of the time you drive downhill in a creek bed. Again and again you can build in wall rides and jumps, which makes this trail extremely varied.

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  • Difficult
    01:25
    9.47 mi
    6.7 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Before starting this tour, make sure to ask a local bike shop whether it is possible to cross Oak Creek at the end of Huckaby. In winter and spring, the …

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  • Difficult
    01:03
    6.55 mi
    6.2 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour begins with a descent on the beautiful Brewer Trail. There are some difficult parts here that can be challenging for the less experienced. But all in all, this trail isn't very difficult by Sedona standards.Via Brewer Road you will then get to the Bike Tunnel, which leads you under Highway 89A and spits you out directly in the Soldier Wash Trail area.

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  • Difficult
    00:47
    4.98 mi
    6.4 mph
    500 ft
    475 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour starts at the Sugar Loaf parking lot, which is not particularly large. If it is full, you can also start the tour at the Thunder Mountain Bike Shop, …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    14
  • Distance
    112 mi
  • Duration
    18:14 h
  • Elevation
    11,150 ft

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Diana Grodnick

Shred the Red – Mountain biking in Sedona’s MTB hotspot