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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Lariat
Elevation: +665/ -693 ft
Total: 200 riders

Mountain Biking Templeton

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#25 of 404 mountain bike trails in Arizona
#717 in the world

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.

First added by AK_Dan on Dec 11, 2008. Last updated Apr 28, 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
Located between Sedona and Oak Creek the Templeton tr is accessed from the Bell Rock Pathway, I suggest parking at the middle Viewpoint parking area on highway 179 between Sedona and Oak Creek although you could also park at either end of the Pathway and ride to the Templeton trailhead. From the middle viewpoint ride north (downhill) on the B.R. Pathway aprox .7 mi to one of the only trails heading off to the left (west), there is a metal sign marking the trailhead.
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  • Beauchpe

    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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  • [email protected]

    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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  • CFM   ✓ supporter

    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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  • Ben Cimmino

    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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  • tlongpine

    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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  • *****

    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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  • Mac10Matt

    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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  • tmoney149

    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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  • abegold

    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.

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  • stumpyfsr   ✓ supporter

    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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  • david_darling

    A premier ride in Sedona. Excellent singletrack transitioning to slickrock with stunning views. A must ride.

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  • nymtb

    A great mix of technical, single track and climbs....hardest part was keeping your eyes on the trail in front of you as the scenery unfolds around you.

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  • rich67

    This was an awesome ride. The descent into Oak Creek is a bit hairy and a little beyond what my ability was, so I would give that part a black diamond. But the scenery was incredible.

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  • mtn417

    If I only rode one trail in sedona this would be it. Park in oak creek across the street from bike and bean. Lots of true singletrack. Ride to baldwin loop and do it or not, out and back or with baldwin lollipop. Fun stuff, within about 2 minutes you go from riding red slickrock to forested singletrack along the oak creek. Pretty rocky along the creek but clearable for only the best. Enjoy the riding, watch out for others as traffic moves both directions. * Review edited 5/10/2010

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  • TMWJR777

    Great mix of singletrack and slickrock. Nothing to hard except maybe the switchbacks down to the creek, a slip here could send you doing cartwheels head over heels down the cliffs, totally do-able, just don't be stupid.

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  • John Fisch

    Over 3 days in Sedona, I covered about 60 miles of outstanding trails--this was my favorite. The combination of stunning scenery, sweet singletrack and superb slickrock made this a real gem. The ride along the slickrock bench as you approach Cathedral Rock is way beyond cool and the super-technical switchback descent to Buddah Beach isbeyond description. Just when you think you've had more fun than anyone deserves in a single day, you hit Baldwin with it's super cool technical climbs and descents in the shadow of the other side of Cathedral Rock. This one truly rocks!* Review edited 3/28/2009

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  • AK_Dan

    I realize this description may seem a bit confusing, its not really, just go ride. I do however advise getting a good map at one of the local bike shops as there are many options & trails in this area. Carry lots of water in the summer and be wary of other trail users.

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