Day 4 - Drive from Phoenix to Flagstaff via Sedona (MTB)

Mountain Bike ride (Red Rock bike Path -> Llama -> Little Horse-> Chicken Point -> Submarine Rock -> Broken Arrow -> Little Horse -> Templeton -> Baldwin - Singletrack trail ride)

 
 
 
 
 
  

 

Click to Enlarge Yet another sunny start to the day and more Banana waffles to keep me going. I packed up all my gear and headed out of Phoenix towards Sedona where I intended to do a ride before staying at Flagstaff. The La Quinta Inn had been a nice quiet place to stay again. Click to Enlarge
Phoenix to Sedona Drive - Click to Enlarge Phoenix to Sedona Drive - Click to Enlarge Phoenix to Sedona Drive - Click to Enlarge

Phoenix to Sedona Drive - Click to Enlarge

Phoenix to Flagstaff Route

I stopped off at the sports chalet in Happy valley on the way to sedona and bought more Camalbak Elixir as it seemed to be doing a good job preventing me from getting cramp. And then continued driving asides from some heavy traffic around happy valley in Phoenix the journey was good to sedona, the drive from Phoenix to Flagstaff was about 150 miles. Phoenix to Sedona Drive - Click to Enlarge
Phoenix to Sedona Drive - Click to Enlarge Phoenix to Sedona Drive - Click to Enlarge When I arrived in Sedona at around 10.30m I parked up at the Webers Iga supermarket off Verde valley school, and bought some food to eat on the trail before riding up the the bell rock parking area. The temperature was around 80f.
Bell Rock Bike Path - Click to Enlarge

Unfortunately on this ride my GPS was playing up and get on cutting out, so I don't have maps or elevation data for this ride.

From the Bell rock parking I rode along the Red Rock Pathway.

Bell Rock Bike Path - Click to Enlarge

Bell Rock Bike Path - Click to Enlarge

Bell Rock Bike Path - Click to Enlarge Bell Rock Bike Path - Click to Enlarge

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Llama trail Video (20MB)

Just past Bell rock I headed east onto the Llama trail, a great single track trail with quite a few little ups and downs, and great views. the trail headed north towards the Little Horse Trail. Bell Rock Bike Path - Click to Enlarge
Llama trail - Click to Enlarge

Slick rock on Llama trail

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Llama trail - Click to Enlarge After a great ride along the Llama trail I cam to the junction with the Little Horse trail, I headed north towards Chicken Point. On the whole ride so far there was only one hike a bike section on the way up to the point. Broken Arrow Trail - Click to Enlarge
Broken Arrow Trail - Click to Enlarge Broken Arrow Trail - Click to Enlarge Broken Arrow Trail - Click to Enlarge
From Chicken point I headed down a jeep trail avoiding the many Pink Jeeps until I came to Submarine rock, a large area of slick rock. The views were great from the rock.

Submarine rock - Click to Enlarge

Submarine Rock

Submarine rock - Click to Enlarge

Submarine rock - Click to Enlarge

Chicken point in background

I dropped off the North side of Submarine rock and headed down some nice tight singletrack (see video), before crossing the jeep ride and riding / hiking back up the Broken Arrow trail. The BA trail is quite a tough trail when your lungs are not used to altitude and your legs are feeling tired - but its well worth doing.

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Video (18MB) Sub to Broken Arrow

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Video (11MB) Broken Arrow Trail

I then headed back down the Little Horse trail, past the Llama trail intending to take the HT trail to the Templeton trail, But the trail closed for road construction, so I had to ride south to the new Templeton trail tunnel.
Templeton Trail Sedona - Click to Enlarge
Templeton Trail Sedona - Click to Enlarge Templeton Trail Sedona - Click to Enlarge
Templeton Trail Sedona - Click to Enlarge The Templeton Trail is nice and fast , not too narrow but too wide, and has great views, eventually it brings you round the base of Cathedral Rock. Templeton Trail Sedona - Click to Enlarge
Templeton Trail Sedona - Click to Enlarge Templeton Trail Sedona - Click to Enlarge

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Riding by Buddha beach Video (12 MB)

The templeton trail goes down a series of tight switch backs and drop you at Buddha beach, where I took time out to dabble my feet in the cold river. Buddha Beach Sedona - Click to Enlarge
Buddha Beach Sedona - Click to Enlarge

Buddha Beach Sedona - Click to Enlarge

Buddha Beach

Buddha Beach Sedona - Click to Enlarge
Buddha Beach Sedona - Click to Enlarge From Buddha beach I rode along to the Baldwin trail and headed up it. Buddha Beach Sedona - Click to Enlarge
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Bladwin trail sedona - Click to Enlarge

Baldwin Trail

Once the high point of the Baldwin trail is reached there is fun fast singletrack which heads down to Verde Valley School Road. On the way back along the road i headed off north on a couple of trails but ended up just coming to dead ends near expensive houses, one area I explored had an old man made lake at the bottom and was quite neat. Bladwin trail sedona - Click to Enlarge
Once I got back to the SUV I packed up and headed North along the 89 to Flagstaff Drive to Flagstaff - Click to Enlarge Drive to Flagstaff - Click to Enlarge
Drive to Flagstaff - Click to Enlarge I checked in to my Hotel the Fairfield Inn on Milton road, I'd made sure that I had a top floor room near the back of the hotel, as they have internal corridors so you don't hear the train noise that much. I unpacked then had a swim in the pool and used the Hot Tub before having a great meal at Casa Bonita - I had Snapper Veracruz which was excellent. Drive to Flagstaff - Click to Enlarge
Fairfield Inn  Flagstaff - Click to Enlarge Fairfield Inn  Flagstaff - Click to Enlarge Fairfield Inn  Flagstaff - Click to Enlarge

Day 5