Sedona is one of the most famous mountain bike destinations on earth. This sacred and powerful place is home to an extensive trail system with unparalleled options for mountain biking. Sedona’s unique location between the Colorado Plateau and Upper Sonoran Desert yields astounding red rock vistas above desert scenery. Sedona is a perfect biking destination for the off-season months when the rest of the country’s trails are covered in snow.
TripOutside has done your trail research for you – read on for the top 6 intermediate mountain bike trails in Sedona!
BEST INTERMEDIATE BIKE TRAILS
- The West Sedona Tour is a 13.1-mile singletrack loop with lots of turns, some climbing and descending, and the opportunity to link together 8 classic West Sedona trails. It can also be added to other trails like the Chuckwagon-Mescal-Long Canyon Loop (see #2) for a longer ride. These trails are some of the best riding in West Sedona, featuring the red rock terrain that Sedona is famous for.
- Rating: 4.7 (130)
- Ascent: 921’ Descent: -934’ High: 4,721’ Low: 4,482’
- The Chuckwagon-Mescal-Long Canyon trail is a 9.1-mile singletrack loop with not too much elevation or climbing. Riders who are in Sedona for their first time will find this trail a good introduction to Sedona without the strenuous climbs of other trails in the area. This figure eight loop has smooth singletrack and is moderately challenging, with gorgeous red rock scenery.
- Rating: 4.5 (61)
- Ascent: 805’ Descent: -791’ High: 4,710’ Low: 4,366’
- Twin Buttes Loop is an 8.5-mile singletrack loop that is rated intermediate/advanced. It links some of Sedona’s best trails into a loop featuring mind-blowing scenery. These trails feature slickrock riding, flowing singletrack and occasional technical sections. Be prepared to hike a bike at time, like for the rock steps on Broken Arrow trail. The views on this trail make it all worth it.
- Rating: 4.5 (40)
- Ascent: 751’ Descent: -749’ High: 4,613’ Low: 4,225’
- Cathedral Big Rock Loop is a 12.4-mile out and back ride with some climbing and descents, and several technical rock sections. The trail crosses the popular Cathedral Rock hiking trail (hikers only) so be courteous to hikers. This ride features all the best of this popular area, and intermediate/advanced riders will love the trail’s flow and incredible scenery.
- Rating: 4.4 (62)
- Ascent: 1,054’ Descent: -1,054’ High: 4,458’ Low: 3,963’
- Aerie Loop is a 5.4-mile singletrack loop that is a short, quick ride around Doe Mountain, and is good for beginners or riders with limited time. It features a few of the trails in the Dry Creek area with nice flow, slickrock riding, and a few technical sections. The views of the Sedona red rock and Sedona desert are outstanding.
- Rating: 4.3 (26)
- Ascent: 541’ Descent: -541’ High: 4,730’ Low: 4,510’
- Courthouse Vista Loop a 6.2-mile singletrack loop around some of the most incredible scenery in Sedona. It is a great intermediate trail with not too much elevation but lots of fast flowing singletrack and some fun technical sections that intermediate riders will love.
- Rating: 4.3 (16)
- Ascent: 386’ Descent: -387’ High: 4,446’ Low: 4,163
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