Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
The Hiline Trail is both stunningly beautiful and incredibly technical but thankfully, not at the same time. The trail gets its name from the high traverse that it performs above sheer cliff bands along the side of one of Sedona's red rock mountains.
Thanks to the trail's vantage point high above the valley floor, riders can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains and red rock formations.
While the singletrack along the traverse is very exposed in places and a fall could be deadly, overall this portion of the singletrack is relatively non-technical. That all changes when the trail points downhill, with the singletrack funneling into steep, rocky chutes; boulder-filled rock gardens; and steep rock rolls.
Watch out for the cacti lining the trail—there's no room for error! Eventually this challenging black diamond descent drops out onto the valley floor, with a number of singletrack options to finish the loop.
While Hiline is no joke, and is definitely a black diamond ride, this trail is much more approachable than the uber-technical and drastically-exposed Hangover.
Since it's rideable by a larger number of mountain bikers, this trail is consequently more popular.
Several trail options provide great climbs up to Hiline, including Easy Breezy to Easy Sleezy (black diamond) and Hermit (blue square).
Even the climbs and the other trails used to form a loop with Hiline are well-built and entertaining, meaning that this entire loop is worth your time!