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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +1,507/ -143 ft
Total: 42 riders

Mountain Biking Girdner Trail

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#145 of 405 mountain bike trails in Arizona
#4,747 in the world

This trail runs in a North/South direction into yet another area of Sedona filled with short trails. This area is known as 'Seven Canyons' and is north of Hwy 89A, West of Dry Creek rd and bordered on the north by the Wilderness area. The trails here tend to be a bit more sandy especially low in the valleys & canyons.

Riding north on the Girdner tr from the hwy the first mile is a gradual rocky drop down the ridges into a dry creek bed and canyon. This trail is not particularly technical but the sandy wash areas will have you doing short hike-a-bike's every now and then, there are also a few of the signature Sedona rocky sections. Cross the wash and follow under a power line for a while and come to an intersection with the pipeline tr, stay left here. At three miles from the start you come to an intersection with the Cockscomb/Rupp tr (a major East/West route). .6 miles of great singletrack later there is an intersection with the AZ Cyprus tr (also runs North). Shortly after that is another trail, 2 fences tr, that is a short equestrian access tr (all these intersections are well signed). Stay left for the Girdner tr as it slowly weaves its way up the ridges ending at Dry Creek rd 1 mile later.

This is a nice ride but better if used in conjunction with some of the others to create loops, lollipops or even a large figure 8.

First added by AK_Dan on Nov 8, 2009. Last updated Apr 28, 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
South end; On Hwy 89A at the west end of Sedona turn right (North) on Cultural Park place,(Red Rock Loop & the Herkenham tr is across 89A) there is a school on the left. Continue past the school and find several parking areas, the trail is signed and starts at the top of the hill on the right.
North end; In West Sedona turn North on Dry Creek rd, about 1.5 miles there will be a dirt road (# 152) on the right. Girdner trail head is directly across the road.
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  • Gdb49

    As of March 2019, this trails been completely recut and is an excellent trail. Don't let earlier reviews scare you off!

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  • Gary Schomberger

    REDDIRT, choppy in places but a good connector to north west sedona trails.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    Some sections of this trail are good, but others are sandy and washed out.

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  • sdwill   ✓ supporter

    Lots of hike a bike. Several riverbed (eh, river stone) crossings. 35% fun 65% work.

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  • John Fisch

    Girdner ranges from wide, uninteresting hardpack, to sweet singletrack to just a bunch of loose rock. The scenery is, of course, great, but this is Sedona, and the scenery is actually better on most other trails in the area. This trail's main benefit comes from it's ability to complete loops with other, more interesting trails.

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  • rebkamcb

    A lot of up and down crossing rhe riverbed multiple times. Beautiful scenery and access to several orher trails.

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  • JJNS240

    Hike and bike

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  • norski

    This trail offers some different scenery because it follows and crosses creek beds. Riparian vegetation and pools of water are a nice visual change from other Sedona rides. There are some hike-a-bike sections ... unless you can ride over big turtle-back river rocks.

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