Templeton

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AVERAGE RATING
*****
4.58 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     (49 total check-ins)
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  Jon Haden   on Apr 22, 2018
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Bunny Hop


April 15, 2018
Beauchpe Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Rode in from the Yaivapai TH. Beautiful ride to Cathedral rock, not hard. However, going downhill to the river is very difficult. Wish I had turned to Easy Breezy trail. From Cathedral rock to the creek is also full of hikers whereas before you get there was almost empty

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Gramcounter


March 15, 2018
 
Review: This is a very good all-rounder for the Sedona area. There's slick rock, there's vista's with stunning views, there's wooded creekside sections, there's some challenging technical sections to keep it interesting but not too difficult to the point of having to walk your bike a lot.

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Singletrack


February 26, 2018
CFM Singletrack  
 
Review: Varied Sedona singletrack that incorporates a lot of slickrock sections in the shadow of Cathedral Rock, technical climbs/descents, and a beautiful run along Oak Creek.

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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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Gnarly


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).

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Templeton MTB Trail 4.58 out of 5 based on 20 ratings. 20 user reviews.
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