Sedona: Big Aerie Loop

Sharon playing with the Cacti...

Sharon playing with the Cacti…

We tackled another easy ride yesterday in the West Sedona area. We made a 17km loop featuring Aerie Trail.

Click for larger interactive map and GPS track...

Click for larger interactive map and GPS track…

We linked up the following trails:

  • OK
  • Dawa
  • Cockscomb
  • Aerie
  • Deadman’s Pass
  • pavement back to car on Long Canyon Rd.

You can download a GPS track if you click on the map above. The trails are fairly well signed except at a few spots.

Where are we???

Where are we???

These were all new trails to us so it was fun to explore and we now have a bunch of ideas for making up bigger loops and figure 8 rides in this part of Sedona. The technical challenges were not very hard and spaced fairly far apart with lots of buff desert singletrack between them. This is a great ride for less experienced, but fit mountain bikers who want more flow and less gnar! 😉

Lots of flow...

Lots of flow…

Riding 6″ travel bikes made the trails silly easy, but not every ride has to be epic.

Great views...

Great views…

These trails offer a lot of lovely scenery to make you happy you drove 2500kms from home.

Sharon in the trees...

Sharon in the trees…

The trails in West Sedona seemed significantly less moist than the South Sedona trails we rode the previous day. We had loads of slightly damp hero dirt and a fair bit of more typical dusty conditions.

Dusty...

Dusty…

We saw 1 other mountain biker all day. I love the peace and quiet.

Sharon getting airborne!

Sharon getting airborne!

On the gear side of things we realized Sharon’s Rockshox Monarch shock is once again not working correctly. It’s been rebuilt once this summer which took 2 months and $150. So she is not happy. 😦

Dave at the Fat Tire Bike Shop...

Dave at the Fat Tire Bike Shop…

So we rolled down to our favourite Sedona bike shop – The Fat Tire – to see Dave C our bike mechanic guru. Reminding us why we love this shop so much he stayed open late to look at Sharon’s bike. Then offered a free loaner shock she could use while he chats with Rockshox about fixing her Monarch. Thanks Dave! 🙂

Our new Hombre...

Our new Hombre…

While I was at the Fat Tire I recruited another member of the Dirt Hombres Mountain Bike Club. You don’t have to live in Victoria, BC to be a member. You just have to get behind our motto – “Ride Hard! Ride Spicy!” 😉

Another great day in the books...

Another great day in the books…

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