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Level: Beginner
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: -
Total: 42 riders
 

Mountain Biking Courthouse Butte Loop

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#103 of 422 mountain bike trails in Arizona
#3205 in the world

Courthouse Butte Loop: To get to this wonderful trail, take the wide Bell Rock Pathway from the kiosk toward Bell Rock. It climbs gently and at ½ mile there is a signed intersection with the Courthouse Butte Loop Trail. Continue ahead on the wide trail (this description is for taking the loop clockwise). The trail continues a gentle climb circling to the left of Bell Rock. It levels out at 1 mile and curves to the right below the slopes of Bell Rock.

Follow the large cairns to the 1½ mile point where the wide Pathway turns north (left) and a sign shows the Courthouse Butte Loop Trail branching to the right. Go right. This narrower trail passes to the left of Courthouse Butte heading toward Lee Mountain. At 2¼ miles, the trail passes to the right of a prominent dome-shaped outcrop, and then gradually descends, entering Wilderness. It enters a dry wash at 3 miles, circles to the right over bare rock and climbs out onto level ground as it leaves the Wilderness area and continues to circle Courthouse Butte. Approaching Bell Rock, the trail meets the pathway once again at 3¾ miles. Go left, retracing the entry route for ½ mile to return to the kiosk. The loop is mostly unshaded and can be hot in summer.

Big Park Trail: A short offshoot of the Courthouse Butte Loop trail, popular with bicycle enthusiasts. Park in the south Bell Rock Pathway parking area. Take trail east a short distance to the Big Park Trail.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From the junction of Routes 89A and 179 in Sedona, take 179 south 6.5 miles to a short roadway on the left marked for Bell Rock Vista, milepost 307.1
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  • John Fisch
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    What's under your knobbies isn't that interesting on Courthouse Butte and there' usually lots of hikers, but the scenery is out-of-this-world. It's also a travesty that you can't loop the butte becuase just a small portion of it passes through a wilderness area that looks like it was designed specifically to prohibit bikers. Nonetheless, this is a great place to gawk at the scenery and, if with a novice, a most delightful ride. While somewhat less scenic and only about 2.5 miles around, the Big Park loop is super fun and makes for a great add-on at the end of the day of you started in the Oak Creek/Big Park area.

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