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    riding suggestions for Phoenix and Sedona?

    My wife and I are heading out to Phoenix for two days and then to Sedona for five more. Does anyone have any must do trail suggestions for those areas.

    My wife is an intermediate rider that isn't too gun shy of 12"-18" drop offs or moderate climbs
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    I'm an advanced (I guess) rider that isn't too gun shy of 6' drop offs or 3000'+ climb rides. I'm bringing my Tracer with me so I don't think I'll be doing any 6' drops anyway.

    So we're tring to find something in the middle. Nothing too sketchy.

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    Sweeeeeeeeet.

    [QUOTE=baby head]My wife and I are heading out to Phoenix for two days and then to Sedona for five more. Does anyone have any must do trail suggestions for those areas.

    Awesome. I just got back from 9 days in AZ. A good bit of that was spent in Sedona.
    Sedona is sweet because it really is east to tailor your ride. No big climbs, no big descents, to huge sections of technicality. Sure, there will be sections that are technical but you can easily just walk them, and tons of slickrock playgrounds to screw around on. You can go drop a 3 or 4 footer off to the side, while your wife stays on the main trail.
    Broken Arrow to Chicken point is super sweet, damnifino is crazy good (warning: river crossing at the end), toads wild ride, bell rock, chimmney rock, submarine rock. All good stuff. The bike and bean is a really good shop out there that can give you plenty of beta.

    Phoenix will start to get crazy hot. I only know South Mountain, which is super technical and tough. Desert classic is pretty casual, but I worry that you would be bored.
    The first photo is on broken arrow, the 2nd is damnifino.
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    Just did a similar 12 day Arizona trip, pics with trail names here:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...02615#poststop

    Post if you have any questions.

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    When will you be here?

    Let us know, there's plenty of locals who might be able to guide you when you're in AZ.

    When you're in Phoenix head for South Mountain and ride National, check out the AZSF04 recap for some pics. When in Sedona, stop at the Bike & Bean for some trail info and they have a 3D map of the area to check out.

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    ... and if we just ... Wow these are exactly the trails I'm looking for.

    I've gone through all of the solid reviewed trails on MTBR and am printing them to take with me. I will definitly be checking out these trails. The trails that titusguy mentions with 3-4' drops that my wife can ride around sound like a perfect match for us. Hmmm kind a reminds me of Porcupine Rim kind of riding (one of my favs). : ) Is there any particular trail in Sedona that has this kind of riding?

    Hopefull I'll be posting some sweet photos when I get back.

    Thanks guys keep em coming.
    jeff


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    I'm thinking of doing a similar trip in mid May. Will Phoenix be roasting by then, or what?

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    Define roasting? The answer is yes, but Flagstaff should be nice, and Sedona and Prescott will be bearable (at least for us desert rats).

    Regarding Sedona and drops, I'm kind of limited, but Sedona is probably considered one of the top 3 areas to ride in the States according to some. The trails around Bell Rock are a blast, but to us non-huckers, offer some moderately technical trails. However, I've seen pics of lots of hucking on the Sedona red rock. As suggested above, the Bike and Bean is a good place to stop.

    One piece of motherly advice: please stay on the trail.

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    mid May in Phoenix should be in the mid 90's and pushing 100

    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    I'm thinking of doing a similar trip in mid May. Will Phoenix be roasting by then, or what?

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    mid 90's sound fine, 105 ish - no thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire
    Prescott will be bearable (at least for us desert rats).

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    There's a fresh coat of snow in the mountains to bear with right now

    Temps went from 70s down to 40s pretty fast for daytime highs
    I know in my heart that Ellsworth bikes are more durable by as much as double. AND they are all lighter...Tony Ellsworth

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    Good job!

    Two days in Phoenix:
    Day One: Warm up with a loop around Hawes mine trail. Sweet desert singletrack with a little tech mixed in. Then head over to SoMo for an afternooner... Say up Mormon to Buena Vista then down National.
    Day two: South Mountain: Up Mormon/National to Telegraph and return via desertclassic. I think it's a about a 18 mile loop..

    Two-three days in Sedona:
    Just get Cosmic Ray's or Paul B's book and do it all. It's all good.

    Two days in Flagstaff. Someone posted a suggestion for a couple of great loops up there about a week a ago. Weather should be great up in Flag.

    You're going to love AZ. Some of the best mountain biking around. Bar none.

    Oh, Consider taking Mikey's suggestion for a local or a local group to ride with at least on one day. The ones I've met and that have showed me around have been great people. Just post here on Passion about a specific day and where you want to ride and you'll likely be able to pull together a pretty good group.

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