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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +703/ -557 ft
Total: 118 riders

Mountain Biking Cathedral Rock Trail

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#31 of 404 mountain bike trails in Arizona
#857 in the world

Start off on the Bell Rock trail, go about 1.25 to 1.5 miles untill you locate the tunnel under Hwy 179 ( kinda hard to find without a map ). Go through the tunnel to start this fast rolling trail with some good sized drops on a few of the down hills.

First added by woodiebikes777 on Mar 21, 2005. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
On Hwy 179 across from the Bike N Bean bike shop in Oak Creek, you will find the Bell Rock trailhead. Stop at the bike shop for maps and a cool 3D Topo style map of the area with the trails marked. Get a preride java fix or bike adjustment while you are there.
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  • SDGiant

    Fun ride

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  • auntshawn

    Hiked this. Straight climb up near the end. Started raining so never made it to the top

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  • [email protected]

    This is really just a feeder trail that gets you up to mid-level of Cathedral Rock and ties in to one of my favorites, the Templeton.

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  • david_darling

    Another Sedona classic. A must ride. Technical yet very ridable with more amazing scenery.

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  • rich67

    Definitely a sweet ride, and beautiful scenery. Started off on the Bell Rock Pathway, took Templeton Trail to the drop into Oak Creek, swam at Buddha, then hooked up with the Baldwin Loop. Rode Baldwin counter-clockwise; I think it would be better clockwise. We grabbed paved portin back along Verde Valley School Rd. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable ride. Slickrock in some spots and great fun near BRP and some of the offshoot trails on the way out. Must do.

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  • norski

    The name of this trail can be a bit confusing. The trail described is essentially the Templeton Trail. What is now known as the Cathedral Rock Trail is essentially a hiking trail ... unless you can bike up the face of a cliff.

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  • John Fisch

    It is imposssible to overstate the physical beauty that accompanies this ride. The singletrack is also fantastic. Oh yeah, the slickrock is pretty cool as well. And then there's Buddah Beach. Don't forget the connection to the Baldwin trail that you can use to add a few extra miles of techncial goodness. This one is an A+ even by Sedona standards.

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  • TMWJR777

    One of the two "must rides" in Sedona. Great combination of everything, dirt singletrack, slickrock, tech sections, etc. Serious exposure on the switchbacks down to Oak Creek, totally rideable, just be cautious!!!

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