North Urban Trail System - West

2.80 out of 5
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The North Urban Trail System is an interconnected series of trails along the red rock front country at the north edge of Sedona. The western portion, described here, includes Lower Chimney Rock, Summit, Chimney Rock Pass, and Thunder Mountain Trails. These trails may be reached using the three trailheads (see directions) or from the Teacup Trail from the west.

An easy 1.4 mile loop can be made from the Thunder Mountain Trailhead using Lower Chimney Rock Trail and the southern portion of the Thunder Mountain Trail. From the loop, a short but steep route climbs up the Summit Trail to Chimney Rock Vista on top of a red rock hill with a great 360 degree view. A moderate 2.6 mile loop can be made using the Chimney Rock Pass Trail and more of the Thunder Mountain Trail. or, a moderate "figure 8" of 3 miles can be hiked using the same trails. The trailhead at the north end of Andante Drive can also be used as the starting point for these loops. These trails offer no shade.

The Thunder Mountain Trail is the connector between these western trails and the eastern portion of the North Urban Trail System. The trail begins at the Thunder Mountain Trailhead and goes north, passing Chimney Rock. It then turns east and crosses the open area south of the sheer face of Capitol Butte, intersecting Teacup Trail at 1.7 miles. This is an easy, level trail, but there is no shade. The Teacup trail continues east. The Sugarloaf Trailhead is .3 miles to the south.
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Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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October 5, 2019
Review: Don't bother with Sedona. You most likely won't love the unbelievable scenery wherever you go. You can probably find more trails elsewhere. The roads are crowded. Prices are high. Please don't come.

Similar Trail: Moab


March 17, 2011
norski Doubletrack  
Review: The Summit Trail is probably just a hiking trail. According to the map, the Chimney Rock Pass (Upper) Loop appears to go through wilderness area (which means biking is verboten) ... although there are no signs along the trail telling you that. The "very difficult" rating is because of Thunder Mountain Trail


March 28, 2009
John Fisch Epic  
Review: Only the far west portion is built for beginners. The Thunder Mountain Trail crosses a number of washes that have rocky, sandy, steep entries and exits. There are some fast, buff stretches, but there will be dismounts for many. These trails aren't really worth visiting in their own right, but make a good start to some epic loops that you can link up with other Sedona trails. The most frustrating thing is that the Chimney Rock trail makes a loop that passes through just a tiny (less than 1/4 mile) piece of wilderness--it's like they drew the wilderness boundary just to keep bikers from being able to loop it.

* Review edited 3/28/2009

Similar Trail: Anything in Sedona/Oak Creek

North Urban Trail System - West MTB Trail 2.80 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 3 user reviews.
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