Slim Shady Loop

Sedona

A short but rewarding descent that can be ridden independently, or in conjunction with Hiline.

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
4.1 km
Ascent
98 m
Descent
98 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.3 km
High Point
1.4 km
Gradient
Slim Shady Loop Map

The Slim Shady Trail doesn’t have the flashy name appeal from viral videos that Hangover and Hiline do, and yet this trail is quite popular and well-loved. Slim Shady's popularity is due in part to the extremely easy access. As you can see in the map, the loop route outlined here can be ridden from the Yavapai Trailhead, or it can easily be tacked on to a Hiline ride. For advanced riders that want to crank out miles, I recommend pedaling a Hiline + Slim Shady combo.

Description

The climb to the top of Slim Shady mapped here is the most direct option, which ascends the black diamond Templeton Trail. The climb is technical and blocky, with some big ledges to pedal/lunge up. A few sections will likely require you to push your bike, unless you possess superhuman bike handling prowess. For an easier, albeit longer, pedal to the top, opt for Easy Breezy to Easy Street instead.

Once on top of the slickrock plateau, expansive views of Red Rock Country spread out below you. The views looking north and east from the Coconino Trail at the top of Slim Shady are some of the best in Sedona—pack your camera!

Once you’ve finished with your photos and are ready to descend, Slim Shady plummets rapidly down the mountainside. Mostly following a dried up stream bed (that can sometimes have water after a rain or snow), the trail drops down a cascade of rock ledges that offer the opportunity to roll or to huck. Blocky rock gardens will keep you on your toes, and down low a few flowy sections of dirt singletrack add a little relief from the rocky chunder.

While this loop combination may only be a few miles long, this short route is perfect as a quick hit or an addition to a longer ride in the area.

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Technical
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • Drops
  • Rock Rolls
  • Rock Slabs
  • Rock Gardens

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