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Level: Intermediate
Length: 13 mi (20.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +660/ -660 ft
Total: 174 riders

Mountain Biking Mescal Trail

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#27 of 404 mountain bike trails in Arizona
#745 in the world

Many of the newer trails and best riding in the Sedona area are in the Boynton Pass area. The route described with the accompanying TOPO map includes all or part of Chuckwagon, Mescal, Deadman's, Aerie, Cockscomb, Dawa, AZ Cypress, and Girdner Trails.
This is a must ride area while in Sedona.

First added by norski on Nov 15, 2012. Last updated May 8, 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
The accompanying map and trail directions start at The junction of Dry Creek Road and FR 152 (Vultee Arch/Devil's Bridge Rd.)
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Sedona, Arizona

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter

    Let’s say advanced intermediate. Mescal is a wonderful trail with good flow that accesses the Deadman’s canyon and Boynton Canyon trails, from Chuckwagon and the Long canyon rd area. The exposures are modest and if they scare anyone they can be walked. I would like to session back and forth on this one a bunch of times. Loved it!!!

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  • TK34

    Probably my favorite trail I did in Sedona, because Hiline was too much for me. Just an awesome area, great views, great weather. Mescal is part of other really good trails in Upper Dry Creek, with really good flow, some tech, and some exposure to keep your attention.

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  • bradbardo

    Amazing - I love biking on sliprock on the side of a mountain.

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  • jashay77   ✓ supporter

    Nice trail that allows you to enjoy great views and a dramatic setting with less of the danger and difficulty of other Sedona trails. I rode it from East to West in a counter-clockwise loop that included Deadman's Pass, Aerie, Cockscomb, etc.

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  • calieroom

    Awesome trail system for where you can test your skills on a variety of trails and loops -- lots of hikers on the weekends!

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    Mescal Trail is one of the better trails in the Upper Cry Creek Area. Great riding, awesome views!

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  • rattler

    I was in the area and rented a bike from the great people at Over The Edge. They put a nice loop together for me here that started off at the Dry Creek trail head and going from Chuckwagon to Mescal to Aerie and then on around counter clockwise. I rode the nearly 5 miles to the trail head from OTE. Next time maybe I would get a car rack to quickly get to some other trails.

    The loop was great with a variety of topography. I had technical uphill and downhill sections with some exposure on Mescal, then Aerie flowed like a busted fire hydrant...it was awesome with some rollers. Then a nice downhill section on Cockscomb maybe that wound back around so I could do it twice after I reconnected with Aerie.

    Great trails, I would do this again in a heartbeat if I were to ever get anywhere near Sedona. Next time I would stay the night there and ride for two days instead of driving in and back out from Scottsdale in one day.

    Lunch was a nice juicy burger and pale ale at the microbrewery.

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  • AaronT

    Fun done as a loop from Aerie TH up and tech climb over Mescal (awesome views on the edge of the mountain) across over to daadman's & back to the TH.

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  • Ryan Brunswick

    Really Fun Fast And FloWy With A Couple Decent Climbs Nothing To Technical. Mescal Is More Technical But Not Bad. Good Trails To Do With family

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  • John Fisch

    Jaw-dropping scenery around every corner, all traversed and crossed by maximum intermediate fun trails. This route allows those not looking for double diamond routes to still experience the best of what Sedona has to offer. The bench on Mescal is prime, classic Sedona slickrock/singletrack riding.

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  • norski

    Over these 13 miles of singletrack, there are some very fun, flowy sections, some great red rock views, and some less fun loose rock sections. The "4" rating averages some 5-star sections with some 3-star sections. All-in-all a great ride with lots of varying trail conditions.

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