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    Sedona?

    Any decent mountain biking in Sedona? Thinking of taking a little vacation there.

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    no,, skip it,, its flatter than a girl scout...

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    not in sedona
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    The views suck too. Biking Sedona is what made me decide to live here...
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    Link to my last trip up there, with photos:

    http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1134240

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    Would suggest taking that vacation in Flagstaff, 30 min North. Flagstaff is an average of 4000' higher, much cooler with truly varied riding (big climbs, descents, flat smooth trails, technical rock garden trails, true downhill trails if you are into that, amazing views and some other fun things to up at elevation ). Take a day-trip to Sedona to ride in the early morning (best bet with Monsoon season here). This isn't the best time of year for Sedona riding due to the temps and red rock that reflects radiation back at you. This is the time of the year for high country though and Flagstaff is some excellent riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daves4mtb View Post
    Any decent mountain biking in Sedona? Thinking of taking a little vacation there.
    It's been said the trails there are "world-class." Are you willing to do some trail work to earn your turns of the pedals?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grave9 View Post
    Link to my last trip up there, with photos:

    http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1134240
    How long is the High line trail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire View Post
    It's been said the trails there are "world-class." Are you willing to do some trail work to earn your turns of the pedals?
    Hahahaha! Thanks, needed that.

    I don't know why all you Flag guys don't ride here this time of the year. It's great early morning, or late afternoon. I ride almost daily from 5pm on. It isn't bad if you can stay in the shade...
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    Quote Originally Posted by woahey View Post
    Hahahaha! Thanks, needed that.

    I don't know why all you Flag guys don't ride here this time of the year. It's great early morning, or late afternoon. I ride almost daily from 5pm on. It isn't bad if you can stay in the shade...
    70s and 60s in the summer is great, 80s can still be good. I'd be hard pressed to call Sedona "great" in the summer, plus if we don't live there, how are we going to magically appear there at 5am to start a ride? Get up at 3am or earlier on a weekend, just to get to a place where it will be getting worse the longer we ride? How are we going to get back home in a reasonable amount of time after a ride in the evening? Flag works far better and there is still more variety in the trails. Sedona has gotten much better in the last few years for sure, but summer is summer.
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    Sedona has some good trails but it can be hot this time of year. If you're coming up from Phoenix, bring a jacket because the temps only be in double digits. Bike and Bean usually has some good trail info to offer.

    Flag has some good trails too, but I haven't ridden many of them. It's definitely a bit cooler, and overall a different type of ride. If you have a truck, offer to use it for shuttles and have some DH fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woahey View Post
    Sedona has some good trails but it can be hot this time of year. If you're coming up from Phoenix, bring a jacket because the temps only be in double digits. Bike and Bean usually has some good trail info to offer.

    Flag has some good trails too, but I haven't ridden many of them. It's definitely a bit cooler, and overall a different type of ride. If you have a truck, offer to use it for shuttles and have some DH fun.

    You are wise in the ways of red rocks. For me Sedona has a 9 month season. Sept-May.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woahey View Post
    Sedona has some good trails but it can be hot this time of year. If you're coming up from Phoenix, bring a jacket because the temps only be in double digits. Bike and Bean usually has some good trail info to offer.

    Flag has some good trails too, but I haven't ridden many of them. It's definitely a bit cooler, and overall a different type of ride. If you have a truck, offer to use it for shuttles and have some DH fun.
    Well, maybe only in the double digits (but next monday, tuesday and wed are about 100, give or take a few) but the lack of trees and rock makes it feel hotter (around 10 degrees imo). Then an average difference of 4000' means 17.6 degrees cooler in flagstaff according to standard lapse rate, without considering that effect. That's not "a bit cooler", thats a lot. In the summer i think phx people are looking for something that is significantly cooler than phx, not similar. I like Sedona when the weather is nice, same with phoenix, but it's got a ways to go before i'll consider them this summer.

    I use about the same season as Rockman, its nice when our trails are a little snowy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daves4mtb View Post
    Any decent mountain biking in Sedona? Thinking of taking a little vacation there.
    It's fine. Go there and enjoy yourself. Ignore mtbr spodes who won't go outside when it's over 90F. The humidity is low and very pleasant.

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    This place sucks, don't come here, we don't want to share, go elsewhere

    I think one needs to ask why someone is interested in coming to Sedona to ride as part of the deciding equation. Maybe people who want to come here have checked out a lot of the available internet videos of our trail system and say WOW that looks cool, "I would like to try that out."

    Or my style of riding is short ups and down technical single track, not big climbs to get big descents. Or my wife or girl friend wants to make love on the waterfall sections of the Levitra trail during the full moon then go skinny dipping in Oak Creek on the way back to the Hyatt. Or my wife or girlfriend wants to get a great tan and you want to make sure it will be warm and sunny out.

    I went out for a ride on Aerie tonight to do some trail user improvements and the weather was PERFECT, PERFECT, PERFECT. Due to recent monsoons the trail conditions were also PERFECT. I was hoping to run into Tuna out there, but didn't see him or one other rider.

    Tomorrow night I am going out for a full moon ride with NO lights. Not sure how many places you can go out for a full moon ride with no lights, and can have trail and weather conditions also being PERFECT.

    When I checked the 10 day forecast it looked pretty good, but since I am one not to leave Paradise to find Paradise, that's just my POV.

    And if the weather turns out to be a little too warm Flagstaff is just up the road 25 miles.

    TD
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    Quote Originally Posted by daves4mtb View Post
    Really? You want me to justify to you why I asked a question about that? Perhaps I am misunderstanding your post, but if you think asking such a question is suspicious, I think a better question would be why on earth do you feel that way? That's just crazy.
    Dave:

    What was you question?

    I have tried to give you some reasons why you might want to try Sedona out. Others are telling you to go elsewhere. My question to you is why are you interested in Sedona? I love it here, but it not for everyone and unless you are real good at navigating or using a GPS it can be a frustrating experience.

    I talked to a touron today at the Areie trailhead and he said he rented a bike yesterday and even though he had a map he couldn' figure out the trail system.

    I didn't really get the impression he was a hardcore rockman navigator type, but my point is our trail system is like a bunch (150 pieces) of spaghetti thrown on a 15 mile by 10 mile piece of really scenic land.

    Maybe about 60 pieces of spaghetti is marked with signs and the others are not. So in order to get the best riding experience you have to have a local show you the way or you need to be able to follow a GPS track a of a posted cool ride. There are a bunch available on Everytrail.com. if you just search on Sedona Mountain Biking.

    lf you do decided to come let us know how it goes.

    TD

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    Dave,

    I don't have any reason why you shouldn't enjoy Sedona. I get out 5-6 days a week, mornings or afternoons with the occasional trip to the creek for a swim! As mentioned before if it is too hot, a short 27 mile drive to Flagstaff and you drop 10-15 degrees in temps.

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    Exactly. Come on out and enjoy the trails. Flag is right there, or you can finish your ride by the creek and have someplace to hop in when you're done riding if it's hot.
    The secret to mountain biking is pretty simple. The slower you go the more likely it is you’ll crash.
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