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    Red Rock the New Year in Sedona...

    2nd year in a row that the family and I are ringing in the New Year in Sedona. Cooler temps greeted us this year; lows in the 20's and highs in the mid 40's. I was able to fit in a quick first day warm up ride on Llama and Little Horse. Overnight snow has delayed today's ride...

    Bell Rock from Little Horse...
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    Sedona Red Rock...
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    More Red Rock...
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    Trust Knolly...
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    My Chilcotin tracks true thru the Sedona chunk...
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    Just a blur thru the high speed sections...
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    Morning coffee deck view from Canyon Mesa...
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    So jealous! That's the way to spend the holidays.

    I would've guessed it would've been warmer there this time of year, though.
    Taiwan could probably TIG weld a ham sandwich to a dictionary these days, but its been a while since they were doing brazing.

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    Sedona is awesome! Can't wait to be back.The weather will change soon enough and the dirt will be tacky and perfect. That's the beauty of the desert.

    You can find some of the pictures I brought back from my trip in mid December in the Passion forum.

    This is a Google earth view of one of the wildest trails I have ridden in Sedona, Tomahawk. Unfortunately it is slated for closure in the master plan in the works, together with many of the trails in the Damifino drainage (Killer Bee, Levitra, Damifino, Damifido, Brew Pub, etc). Hopefully this will change as they are incredibly well designed and built trails.


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    Where is Sedona?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastshorebiker View Post
    Where is Sedona?
    Arizona

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    Quote Originally Posted by nybike1971 View Post
    Sedona is awesome! Can't wait to be back.The weather will change soon enough and the dirt will be tacky and perfect. That's the beauty of the desert.

    You can find some of the pictures I brought back from my trip in mid December in the Passion forum.

    This is a Google earth view of one of the wildest trails I have ridden in Sedona, Tomahawk. Unfortunately it is slated for closure in the master plan in the works, together with many of the trails in the Damifino drainage (Killer Bee, Levitra, Damifino, Damifido, Brew Pub, etc). Hopefully this will change as they are incredibly well designed and built trails.

    What's the reason for closure? That looks like an amazing route!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mayha View Post
    What's the reason for closure? That looks like an amazing route!!
    It is an amazing route, steep and exposed most of the way down. The way I understand it, the reason for the planned closure and naturalization of the trails is because the forest service is going to designate Casner Canyon area a study area for the Arizona cypress. I don't know if the area will be open to cross country travel on foot or access restricted altogether. The good news is that this will not happen at least until late 2013.

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    yeah right...

    Quote Originally Posted by nybike1971 View Post
    It is an amazing route, steep and exposed most of the way down. The way I understand it, the reason for the planned closure and naturalization of the trails is because the forest service is going to designate Casner Canyon area a study area for the Arizona cypress. I don't know if the area will be open to cross country travel on foot or access restricted altogether. The good news is that this will not happen at least until late 2013.
    So the forest circus is going to study trees in an area where there has historically been a lot of traffic. What I'd like to know more about are the spruce trees growing there from the rim all the way down to the creek. There are only a few very small spots in arizona where spruces grow. Casner Canyon is actually the next canyon up around the bend from the west side of Mitten Ridge where the trails are...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jodd View Post
    So the forest circus is going to study trees in an area where there has historically been a lot of traffic. What I'd like to know more about are the spruce trees growing there from the rim all the way down to the creek. There are only a few very small spots in arizona where spruces grow. Casner Canyon is actually the next canyon up around the bend from the west side of Mitten Ridge where the trails are...
    Well, spruces generally grow in AZ anywhere above about 9,000' it seems, and they are in Flagstaff, so it would make sense that they survive in the cool canyons microclimates I suppose. From what I've read, the seeds being transported (wind, poop, trade) is the key factor, with some high altitude areas not getting any, and some getting them. In Prescott, you'll find firs anywhere above 6,500', although several local mountains have the name "spruce" in them. Evidently firs were mistaken for spruce by some of the first explorers out here. There were several varieties.

    Even cooler IMO, were the couple small patches of Aspens around Prescott. Sure, Aspens grow like crazy in Flagstaff above at least 7000', but I knew of a few micro-climate areas around Prescott back in the woods where they grew around 6500'. Same thing as the spruces in that they were back in very sheltered, moist, and relatively dark areas (even though they reached up for the sun).

    Bristlecones survive on the mountains in Flagstaff as well, which is impressive IMO.

    And yeah, the Forest Service has no idea what they are doing. They've ignored mountain bikes and not made any attempts to build any new trails/fix trails/improve trails/connect trails in Sedona, and then got all hurt-like when people start making relatively good user-built trails. Sedona was pretty boring before these trails, with outstanding views, but relatively few interesting trails. The scale of the riding in places like Moab and others was just not comparable, as there were rides like Porcupine Rim and others that were epic in more ways than just the views. Now Sedona has trails that are far better and it's hard to say there's any "equality",since it's still different, but the riding experience is many times better than it was 10 years ago. 10 years ago you rode up Bell Rock pathway (not trail) to some of the trails, went to Cathedral or Chicken Point, rode through some housing developments, or on some connecting roads, and there just wasn't that much variety. Now you got trails hugging the cliffs high up, interesting ways to utilize the terrain, and so on. The Forest Service (in Sedona) neglected the area for a long time. Even the regular system trails were falling apart and some were downright dangerous with erosion making them unridable and no fun. It wasn't the Forest Service that fixed these. They do seem to want to take credit though and be the ones to sanction the trails.
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    So glad I got a chance to ride Tomahawk while in Sedona. One of the best entrance filters of all time. Very cool trail. Hope it doesn't go away.

    Thanks for the pics TM.

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    My friend and I did an ATV tour of Sedona, such an amazing place. I am jealous as all getout.

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    New Year's Day in Sedona...

    Slim Shady, High Line (I walked a few sections) Baldwin Loop and Templeton on cool Sedona day. Trail conditions were mostly excellent although there were a few treacherous icy slickrock spots in the shaded areas.

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    Too cold for an early ride... single digits overnight and still only 13F at 7:30. A lifetime ago in central PA, this would not have been a problem. Apparently the move to SoCal has wussafied me.

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    you know what's really cool is that

    I can see myself riding a Chilcotin in Sedona sometime this new year..
    With parts from my 5 spot.

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    Jayem - I just sent you a PM, as your post contains several inaccurate statements that I could clarify. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMBA south west View Post
    Jayem - I just sent you a PM, as your post contains several inaccurate statements that I could clarify. Thanks.
    Too long, so I didn't read, but I'm not surprised by your reaction .
    Nice KOM, sorry about your penis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmpaints View Post
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    Wow! Highline got a brand new sign at the entrance and I assume the deadfall that "hid" the the beginning of the trail has been removed. Great to see it gain official recognition! Did you take any pictures of the new section below the notch?

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    It's AWESOME that highline has been adopted. I can't wait to ride it again and see the new reroute.
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    According to the staff at Bike and Bean, Highline is now officially part of the Forest Service trail network in the Sedona area.

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    a bit of trading going on here

    Hiline adopted and the Hogs going bye bye. The Hogs are hands down the best trails within the city limits.

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    bummer, Hogs is a great trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IMBA south west View Post
    Jayem - I just sent you a PM, as your post contains several inaccurate statements that I could clarify. Thanks.
    Thanks, that totally negates the point of the PM. Here's some evidence that supports my notes above: Sedona 12-20-12 RTCA Meeting Notes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    bummer, Hogs is a great trail.
    Yes it is. I thought I read in one of TD's discourses that the Hogs network is still being considered for inclusion. Hope so.

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    Thank you Sedona for another incredible week of riding...

    Back home to SoCal and work on Saturday after full week of riding and family fun in Sedona.

    Sorry, the GoPro batteries ran out before I got to the rerouted section. There is a FS sign indicating that the trail was changed 12/19/12. This new northern section of Highline is truly big bike, armor, full face, double diamond worthy. The trail is steep, loose, rocky and narrow with little margin for error. I would have preferred my coil sprung DT rather than the Chilcotin. Not that trail isn't Chilco capable... just not in my hands especially riding solo.

    Jim

    View approaching Cathedral Rock from Highline...

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    Rerouted Highline Notch...

    I found some short footage of the rerouted Highline before the GoPro battery died. Here are a couple of screen captures at the new Notch entrance. The first pic shows a small Forest Service sign announcing the 12/19/12 reroute with Double Black Diamond rating.

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    The second pic is the initial drop in... very steep into a rocky chute. Unfortunately, this is where my cam turned off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmpaints View Post
    I found some short footage of the rerouted Highline before the GoPro battery died. Here are a couple of screen captures at the new Notch entrance. The first pic shows a small Forest Service sign announcing the 12/19/12 reroute with Double Black Diamond rating.

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    The second pic is the initial drop in... very steep into a rocky chute. Unfortunately, this is where my cam turned off.

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    That's the original drop in into the notch; that section didn't change. If I understand correctly, the reroute is for the lower switchbacks and it stays rider left of the original line.

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