Templeton

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AVERAGE RATING
*****
4.63 out of 5
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Intermediate
10
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,200 ft
↓ 1,400 ft
4,212
elevation (ft)

Lariat
Trail Description
About this trail
This challenging, fun & exciting singletrack rewards you with some of the most scenic vistas of the Sedona area. Leaving the B.R. Pathway you twist & turn downhill through the forest and two tunnels under highway 179, a fast ride through the forest with great flow! At 1 mi there is an intersection with the HT tr, an alternate route to the B. R. Pathway, stay left here and follow the trail as it climbs and descends through the forest to the base of the Cathedral Rock. The trail turns more to slick rock and follows the contour of the mountain north sometimes a bit technical and exposed in some places. 1.5 mi later you will reach a large open, slickrock point & the intersection with the Cathedral Rock Tr, a hiking trail that starts at Back O'beyond rd and goes straight up the mountain. The ride gets more technical from here on so if your not up for it this is a good place to take a break and then head back.
.5 mi past the Cathedral Rk tr you will go down a set of technical switchbacks to the river and follow it for another .5 mi. At an open field with a fence you will come to the 2.2 mi Baldwin tr and the beginning of the loop, although do-able either direction I recommend doing this counter-clockwise. Staying left at a couple intersections takes you to the top, around the mountain and back down to the river. This a very fun but challenging trail, once back at the river follow the Templeton trail back to the starting point.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (29 total check-ins)
  daniel-bergeron@msn.com   on Apr 28, 2017
  Josh Bruhn   on Mar 29, 2017
  Brian Yoon   on Mar 4, 2017
  CFM   on Jan 19, 2017
  Angel K   on Oct 13, 2016
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Reviews (17)
 

Gramcounter

June 5, 2016
 
Review: Great trail to get introduced to Sedona. Nice mix of fun and tech. Gets a lot of traffic with other riders and hikers.

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Trailblazer


April 19, 2016
 
Review: Very fun riding.

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Trailblazer

December 2, 2015
tlongpine Trailblazer  
 
Review: Loved it. Rode Templeton after Hiline and Baldwin. Spectacular views. Moderate to heavy hiker traffic. Great way to end the day.

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World Champ


October 8, 2015
Greg Heil World Champ  
 
Review: Great chunky trail, with stellar views!

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July 17, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: Totally doable trail. It has its challenges for sure. It's fun because it has some fast flowing sections with the always inevitable step ups and rocky step downs before hooking back up with the Bell Rock path trail. We didn't go to the right where it goes down to the water on bikes, it was too steep and technical for our level. But we came back later and hiked it.

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Granny Gear

June 17, 2014
lbarkley Granny Gear  
 
Review: Ok. First of all, I'm a very advanced xc mtn biker. This trail is not intermediate if you add the baldwin loop. Which is also required for the water part. It is also not 400 ft of climbing or 10 miles long. It is 1349 ft of climbing and 13 miles from the bell rock parkway parking lot. I.e the instructions arent exactly correct. If you start at bell parkway you head up hill first for a mile and half before dropping under the bridges. Anyway, this ride is really awesome, but be prepared for some climbing and technical, especially is you do the baldwin loop.

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Gramcounter

June 19, 2013
Mac10Matt Gramcounter  
 
Review: Great singletrack that has something for everyone (flow, rocks, techy spots, small ledges). I didn't encounter the tourist problem, but I see how it might be an issue in the spring or fall. Don't avoid the trail if you're here in the summer - just ride early in the morning or late at night. If you connect this trail with Slim Shady from Oak Creek, its about a 2.5 hr ride (Slim Shady -> Templeton -> Baldwin).

Similar Trail: Little Horse

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Gramcounter


December 30, 2012
tmoney149 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Fun trail with a lot of different features to challenge you. Some fun red rock type riding, similar to moab, some soft sandy spots, and a few techy spots to keep you on your toes. nothing super technical though. def a great trail to hit if you are in the area. lots of trails in this network to piece together to increase the distance of the ride. awesome scenary.

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Doubletrack

May 17, 2012
abegold Doubletrack  
 
Review: Visually stunning, get to this one early in the day as there are lots of toursits walking on this trail. Any ride near water in AZ is a treat. Only reason I give it only 4 stars is the crowds.

Similar Trail: New Frontier, Special Ed, Highline

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Singletrack


November 16, 2011
stumpyfsr Singletrack  
 
Review: Ok, the trail ain't bad. Rocks, sandy spots, some drops and jumps makes it a good ride if you live near. But due to the enormous number of tourists on this trails it makes near impossible to ride it. It's probably a good idea to start with first sunrays and get it done quickly. And then go to Moab and have real fun.

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Templeton MTB Trail 4.63 out of 5 based on 17 ratings. 17 user reviews.
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