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Mountain Biking in Flagstaff and Sedona

Northern Arizona is home to numerous mountain biking trails.  Find links to detailed singletrack trail maps here

Flagstaff Mountain Biking News

City of Flagstaff Bicycle Advisory Committee:

Please attend the Flagstaff Bicycle Advisory Committee:  First Thursdays 4:30pm at the city council chambers.

We are currently considering policies for E-bikes and E-Scooters

Support the creation of a new parking area next to the "Y"

The city of Flagstaff Open Space commission is looking to create a parking lot on the recently declared "open-space" just east of the "Y".  The "Y" is the intersection of Schultz Pass and Elden Lookout road.  It is a popular parking area for mountain bikers, but it is privately owned.  Please support the idea of a new dirt parking lot on the Open Space area so that trail access will continue to be available.  This "Open Space" was a former municipal golf course that the city tried to sell to build a new courthouse.  We all worked together to save this land from being sold to developers, so that trail access could be preserved.  We succeeded and now it is preserved as Open Space for all peoples to enjoy freely.

Dry Lake Hills and Surrounding Trails - CLOSED until December 2020!

The Forest service has issued a closure order for the Dry Lake Hills and all the trails in that area.  This means the Schultz Creek Trail, Sunset Trail, Jedi, Cani, Little Gnarly, Lost Burrito and others are closed for the next 2 years!  The reason for this is to accommodate logging companies who were hired by the City of Flagstaff to thin the Forest.  Please contact both the City and Coconino National Forest to complain about this ridiculously large closure. 

Flagstaff Loop Trail

The Around the town Trail (Flagstaff Loop Trail) is almost complete.  When completed the trail will provide over 40 miles of riding that will circumnavigate Flagstaff, providing access from all areas of the city. The concept is an outer loop trail surrounding Flagstaff, with linking trails connecting various parts of the city (the Flagstaff Urban Trail System). For more information visit Flagstaff Biking Organizations site and please attend one of the trail building days in 2018!

Sedona Mountain Biking News

Transep Trail Now OPEN

The Transep Trail, which was formerly a social trail, has been re-aligned and is now officially open.
The Transep trail starts at the highest point of the Hiline trail and heads south. This is a technical trail.

Hiline Trail  and Canyon of Fools one-way travel

Please observe one-way travel on the Hi-line trail and Canyon of Fools trail. 

For Hi-line trail, start at the Slim Shady Trail near Hwy 179 and end at the Baldwin Trail near Crescent Moon park.  One way travel is required on the technical back part of the trail and is recommend on all of the trail, especially on busy weekends.

For the Canyon of Fools trail, please observe one-way travel (downhill).  Hikers:  Please do not enter the lower portion of Canyon of Fools.  It is extremely dangerous to hike in this section due to blind corners.  The lower gully is a downhill biking trail.  While it is legal, it is not wise to hike there and besides, there are no scenic views in the gully! Consider the Mescal trail instead.

Area Closures affecting mountain bikers in Sedona

The Red Rock Ranger District (RRRD) has closed three large areas to off-trail travel. Please check with local bike shops for the details.

Social Trail status in Sedona

Currently the RRRD has been adding social trails to the official trail system.  I welcome this with several reservations.  The first is that the long-term plan of the RRRD is to close all remaining social trails and to make cross-country travel illegal. My second reservation is that once the Forest Service adopts and maintains trails, they tend to remove technical sections.  (Schultz Creek trail in Flagstaff is a perfect example). 

Prescott Mountain Biking

Please visit and support the Prescott Mountain Biking Alliance

Trail Etiquette

Remember that mountain bikers must yield to other users.  Stop completely for horse-back riders!

When approaching horses, talk out loud so that horses can recognize you as a human and not a predator.

Downhill riders must yield to uphill riders! 

(Even if you are participating in a sanctioned race, you still must yield to up-hill traffic - no excuses)

Don't ride off trail in Sedona - You will get thorns!

Trail building on your own in the National Forest is illegal, and if you get caught the fines are hefty!
If you do build trails....Don't build trails down the fall line!  Erosion will destroy the trail.  

Learn proper trail building techniques from IMBA! and come out to one of the local trail building days - there is plenty of work to be done on new and existing trail projects that are authorized by the Forest Service. 

Be Kind to everyone! and support these organizations:

Flagstaff Biking Organization graphic and link

International Mountain Biking Organization graphic and link

Verde Valley Cyclist Coalition graphic and link

 

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