Raptor / Thumper / Kiln Loop

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.33 out of 5
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Intermediate
7
miles

Singletrack
↑ 800 ft
↓ 800 ft
3,190
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
This is another loop trail made by linking a few different trails together, this is very open terrain and the views of the valley and surrounding mountain ranges are amazing. No shade really on this trail so take more water than you think you will need. Starting from the trailhead near the Blackhawk Campground area ride northwest on the Raptor Trail. The first mile is a gradual but steady climb up a ridge with a couple rough sections to navigate up. At one mile go through a gate in a cattle fence, the climbing mellows out here as you meander across a plateau for another 1.3 mi. Take a right onto the Thumper Trail here, the Raptor trail continues on up the mountain for a couple miles to a set of old jeep roads. The Thumper Tr is the beginning of a downhill grade and follows along the contour of the hill as it heads south for 2.5 miles. Eventually the trail drops down into a small canyon, crosses back through another fence and then climbs out the other side of the canyon. It then dead ends at the Kiln Tr. Turn right here and follow an old wagon trail that turns back into single track a half mile later. Some fast downhill and several fun drops for the rest of the way back to the road. Once you reach the pavement at Dead Horse St Park near some horse stables turn right for 100 yrds and then another right puts you back on the road to the campgrounds.
Enjoy!
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Gnarly

February 6, 2016
ACree Gnarly  
 
Review: Kind of an undiscovered gem. Nice intermediate trails, just techy enough to be interesting while climbing and descending. Very much a traditional XC sort of network. Made for a very nice ride when Mescal had lingering snow and mud, just 15 minutes away, Dead Horse Ranch had perfect conditions.

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Granny Gear

June 19, 2014
 
Review: Started Lime Kiln from the State Route 89A and FR89B trailead, near the Sedona water treatment plant. Great trail, although conditions are extremely dry. Of 11 miles, some 3miles are drifted with sand. Not highly technical, but a darn good workout. Early morning with plenty of water would best unless you are well acclimated to the heat.

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Granny Gear

January 6, 2014
chan Granny Gear  
 
Review: I rode lime kiln trail a few years back while camping at dead horse ranch and did the loop with a friend I met there on our BMX bikes. The way we took if I'm correct added up to be about 10 miles of awesome riding. Still one of my favorite trails despite the lack of preparation.

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Granny Gear

September 4, 2013
 
Review: This trail has it all!! I thought this was a great trail. Ride it clockwise. The first couple miles is all uphill. Several rock step ups. Once you reach the plateau on top it levels out and is fairly easy riding for about a mile before you drop back down. The top can be sandy. Once you start dropping down, that's when the fun starts. One of the best down hill single tracks I've rode. A lot of step downs, banks, wide open areas for some good speed. A lot of fun. Ride in the morning as it can get very hot. Trail is well marked. They do a great job at taking care of the trail.

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Granny Gear

August 29, 2013
 
Review: Go counter clockwise. Starting at the back of Blackhawk campground. Nice up hill right away with a few steps. Once to the top it is pretty easy going ridge line on smooth fire road. Then dropping southeast is the most fun all the way back! I loved this trail. Its 7 mile loop can make more if you are up for it. I had an extra 6 riding from town and back. I'll do it again just for the amazing views!

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Granny Gear

July 9, 2013
aztreks Granny Gear  
 
Review: Gave map of how to turn a couple of those trails into a 26 mile ride sweet but very tuff .

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Singletrack


October 23, 2012
CFM Singletrack  
 
Review: This served me well as an introduction to western style trails. Much different than what we have in the Midwest. The rock ledges and sand provided a moderate technical challenge to prepare me for additional riding throughout the week. Rode a little more up Lime Kiln Road toward Red Rock SP just to get some extra time in and explore the route.

Similar Trail: Continue on Lime Kiln Road to Red Rock SP, Any Sedona trails

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Granny Gear

June 13, 2012
fatsucker Granny Gear  
 
Review: Trail starts at Dead Horse State Park. Best to ride clockwise. Trail has many rocky steps most of which are rideable both up and down. Fewer rocks than most trails in this area. Great views. Some soft sand. Well marked. Overall, a pleasant intermediate ride. Take 2 bottles of water when hot.

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Gramcounter

April 9, 2009
TMWJR777 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Short loop, can get kinda loose and sandy when it has not rained in a while(which happens alot in AZ). Probably the only trail in Northern AZ that stays dry all winter. A few small drops here and ther but other than that nothing to difficult.

Similar Trail: Broken Arrow, Templeton

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Raptor / Thumper / Kiln Loop MTB Trail 4.33 out of 5 based on 9 ratings. 9 user reviews.
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