Day 4 : Phoenix to Flagstaff - Sedona Ride (Bell rock, Llama, Broken arrow, Mystic, Chapel, Little Horse, HT, Templeton and Baldwin trails)

 
 
 
 
 


  

Sedona Landscape

I got up and had a swim in the Hotel Pool before packing up my gear, I then went and had another great breakfast before checking out of the resort, and driving up to Sedona to do a ride on my way to Flagstaff where I would be staying with a friend I'd ridden with on a pervious trip to Arizona.

Yummy Breakfast
Phoenix to Flagstaff via Sedona On the road to Sedona On the road to Sedona
Driving up to Oak Creek

The drive to Sedona was ok with no traffic hold ups on the way, I parked up near the IGA Market, and started my ride. First I rode up the road to the bell rock car park and then started riding North along the bell rock bike path.

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After riding past bell rock I headed off on the Llama trail, the view's were great.

Sedona Bellrock bike path moutain bike picture Sedona Bellrock bike path moutain bike picture
Llhama trail - sedona mountain bike singletrack picture

Llhama trail - sedona mountain bike singletrack picture

Llhama Trail - Video (13 MB)

Llhama trail - sedona mountain bike singletrack picture

Llhama Trail - Video (18 MB)

Llhama trail - sedona mountain bike singletrack picture

The Llama trail has various ups and downs , with a few rocky sections, its nice and narrow in places and good fun to ride.

Llhama trail - sedona mountain bike singletrack picture

At the end of the trail I turned right onto the Little Horse trail and rode it up past the Chapel trail.

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Little Horse ride pictures, sedona mountain biking Little Horse ride pictures, sedona mountain biking I carried on up the Little Horse trail to Chicken point, it was very windy up at chicken point but it was still warm in the sun.
Sedona Mountain bike singletrack - Broken arrow trail pictures

From Chicken point on rode up the broken arrow trail. The trail rides a lot better riding from chicken point, compared to the last time I rode it from the other direction.

Sedona Mountain bike singletrack - Broken arrow trail pictures
Sedona Mountain bike singletrack - Broken arrow trail pictures Sedona Mountain bike singletrack - Broken arrow trail pictures Sedona Mountain bike singletrack - Broken arrow trail pictures
Sedona Mountain bike singletrack - Broken arrow trail pictures Sedona Mountain bike singletrack - Broken arrow trail pictures Sedona Mountain bike singletrack - Broken arrow trail pictures

Sedona Mountain bike singletrack - Broken arrow trail pictures

The broken arrow trails goes up and down although mainly down in this direction , and you traverse across some areas of slick rock.

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  Sedona Mountain bike singletrack - Broken arrow trail pictures  
Sedona Mountain bike singletrack - Broken arrow trail pictures
Sedona Mountain bike singletrack - Broken arrow trail pictures

In the past I've ridden up the broken arrow trail from where you connect on it from below submarine rock, but this time I continued downwards to the Devils Dining room sinkhole.

Sedona Mountain bike singletrack - Broken arrow trail pictures
Sedona Mountain bike singletrack - Broken arrow trail pictures Sedona Mountain bike singletrack - Broken arrow trail pictures Sedona Mountain bike singletrack - Broken arrow trail pictures

Sedona Mountain bike singletrack - Broken arrow trail video

Broken Arrow Trail - Video (19MB)

After a final fun twisty descnt the trail turfed me out at Morgan road Sedona Mountain bike singletrack - Broken arrow trail pictures

Mystic trail Sedona Moutain biking picture

From the end of the trail I made my way to the Mystic trail Mystic trail Sedona Moutain biking picture
Mystic trail Sedona Moutain biking picture Mystic trail Sedona Moutain biking picture The mystic trail followed the path of some underground cables and eventually ended at the road up to the Chapel Trail.
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Chapel trail Sedona mountain biking picture
Chapel trail Sedona mountain biking picture

The Chapel trail had a couple of tricky spots on it and eventually I came out on the Little Horse trail, which I rode back down to the HT trail which takes you through a tunnel and then under a road bridge to the Templeton Trail.

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Templeton mountain bike trail Sedona Templeton mountain bike trail Sedona Templeton mountain bike trail Sedona
Templeton mountain bike trail Sedona
Templeton mountain bike trail Sedona
From the Tunnels I rode along the Templeton Trail which headed towards Cathedral Rocks Templeton mountain bike trail Sedona Templeton mountain bike trail Sedona
Templeton mountain bike trail Sedona After rolling twisiting singletrack the trail heads round Cathedral rock on a slick rock Bench.

Templeton mountain bike trail Sedona

Templeton Trail - Video (7MB)

There is steep descent down some switch backs (hike a bike in places for me) and the trail arrives at Buddah Beach, after some hike-a-bike you ride along the river at the turning for The Bladwin trail I turned left and headed up the trail.

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Baldwin trail mountain bike singletrack Sedona

The Baldwin trail has some great singletrack which takes you down to to Verde Valley School Rd. The Verde school road is mostly uphill and not much fun.

Baldwin trail mountain bike singletrack Sedona

Baldwin Trail Singletrack - Video (6MB)

Baldwin trail mountain bike singletrack Sedona

After riding the road back to my car my bike computer said I'd ridden 23 miles. I packed up my bike and then bought a cold drink and some ice cream before driving towards Flagstaff.

Sedona Mountain bike ride trail map
Driving up Schenbury Hill rd to I15 Driving up Schenbury Hill rd to I15 Driving up Schenbury Hill rd to I15
Driving up Schenbury Hill rd to I15

There were road works in Sedona causing long tail backs so I thought I'd try driving up to I15 via Schenbury Hill rd, like I'd seen my friend Tomas do on my last trip to the states.

Driving up Schenbury Hill rd to I15
Driving up Schenbury Hill rd to I15 Driving up Schenbury Hill rd to I15 Driving up Schenbury Hill rd to I15
Driving up Schenbury Hill rd to I15

The dirt road was very rough in places, but me and my SUV made it to the top in one piece, I then drove on over Tomas's house getting there at about 7.40pm. He wasn't there when I arrived but just as I dug out my phone to call him he arrived from a days work down in Sedona.

Tomas cooked some dinner which was great, we had rice, salad, asparagus and some meat cooked on his barbie

I then had an early night ready for days riding with Tomas and Tippy the dog the following day.

DAY 5