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Not willing to rest on their laurels, the riders in Sedona continue to build more and more mountain bike trails, leading to an ever-expanding—and improving—trail system.
This loop incorporates a few of the oldest trails in Sedona, but also some of the newest, providing a very stark contrast in trail types. The primary ascent is via Sketch to Ridge—middle-aged singletrack that’s technical, demanding, and exposed, and yet still eminently rideable.
Sketch is a noteworthy trail, with intense exposure and airy views of the valley.
Once at the top of the main climb, consider turning right on Bandit to add in the Airport Loop for more mileage. As you turn left at the top of the loop, you’ll pedal along the Old Post trail, and you’ll immediately be able to feel the age of the trail.
From its eroded trail bed, to short, steep climbs with rocky waterbars situated right at the top, Old Post is definitely rideable… but it wasn't built with bikes in mind. Then, you’ll reach the Skywalker trail.
Here begins the newer construction in this area—the rolling dips and flowing turns of Skywalker are a breath of fresh air after the awkwardness of Old Post.
Despite the well-built trail tread, Skywalker isn’t a walk amongst the stars—this trail climbs significantly to reach the top of the Scorpion trail.
Finally, it’s time to truly descend! Scorpion—newer still than Skywalker—flows down the mountainside through a mix of chunky rocks and red dirt singletrack.
Rated intermediate by the locals, Scorpion could be considered an advanced trail in some other areas of the nation, but it’s still quite approachable. For advanced riders, take a turn off the Skywalker trail to drop into Pyramid.
An almost brand-new (as of 2018) black diamond trail in the legal Sedona trail network, this riotous route mixes flowy singletrack with steep downhill bombs, ledge drops, and gnarly rock gardens.
Some sections are a bit exposed, but not nearly as much as other routes in Sedona. The only negative aspect to relate about Pyramid is it’s brevity—at only just over a mile long, it’s over way too soon! All too quickly you’ll find yourself back at your car, itching for another rip down the mountainside.