Sedona: Slim Shady – Broken Arrow Loop

Getting warmed up...

Getting warmed up…

It was Christmas Eve Day and we were ready for a longer ride [or so we thought] so we fueled up with a coffee at the Bike and Bean then rolled up Slim Shady Trail with a plan to ride around Broken Arrow Trail and back to the car.

Click on image for larger interactive map and GPS track...

Click on image for larger interactive map and GPS track…

Our ride got off to a good start with the fun techy goodness that is Slim Shady. Sadly a pretty significant crash early on added some unwanted challenge to the day’s ride. Yup there has been some crashing going on during this trip to Sedona. If I was inclined to speak New Age I’d say “Our aura’s vibrations are not in sync with the local vortex fields.” What I actually said was “It’s mountain biking….you do it enough and you are going to crash. No broken bones or ER visits needed and we are all good!” Not to be detered we bandaged up our team’s injuries and kept on rolling.

Sharon rocking and rolling...

Sharon rocking and rolling…

The rest of Slim Shady was fun and uneventful. We connected to the Bellrock Pathway via HT Trail under Hwy 179.

Broken Arrow Trailhead...

Broken Arrow Trailhead…

In the past we have always started at the Broken Arrow Trailhead, but that required a ride back to the car along Mystic Trail and some road riding so this time we decided to get that done off the bat and park our car at the bottom of the loop.

Enjoying the views...

Enjoying the views…

Mystic Trail is flowy and fun. It was nice to enjoy it without being tired at the end of a long ride.

Slickrock sillinesss....

Slickrock sillinesss….

I seem to have a memory blindspot for the hard techy climbing at the start of Broken Arrow because I am always caught off guard when it starts and just gets harder and harder. Needless to say there was some pushing at this point, but the pay off is some epic views of the local area which to a resident of the PNW is magically alien.

Maybe we should get a lift?

Maybe we should get a lift?

Once you get onto the upper part of Broken Arrow it’s much easier riding and you soon start the decsent down to Little Horse. We usually encounter some Pink Jeep tourists at this point and answer the obligatory mountain bike questions for them. 😉

Time to get down to the business of going down!

Time to get down to the business of going down!

Little Horse delivers a lot of flowy/rocky downhill goodness with quite a few nice ramps to get airborne while keeping the speed high. There are a fair number of hikers on this trail so I don’t go quite as crazy as I might if this trail was more remote, but it’s still loads of fun.

Hang on...

Hang on…

After Little Horse we had planned to ride Llama Trail south towards the car, but our sense of the local topography told us that it might be really wet due to the recent rains so we skipped it and jumped onto HT Trail to get us back to the West side of Hwy 179 and onto Eazy Breezy Trail heading south.

Easy Breezy....

Easy Breezy….

Just like its name suggests Easy Breezy is a fun trail that rolls along Hwy 179 with minimal tech and lots of flow through some pretty terrain.

End of Easy Breezy...

End of Easy Breezy…

One last climb up Hermit Trail, Kaibab Trail and a short section of Slim Shady brought us to the amazingly fun and flowy high speed berm fest that spits us out at the Bike and Bean. I’ll never get tired of Slim Shady in either direction, but heading South is a blast!

Bean there drank that coffee...

Bean there drank that coffee…

I was happy to stretch the legs and tackle a longer ride. This loop offers a great mix of tough techy riding with some pretty flowy singletrack to keep things fun and the views are wonderful. Another classic Sedona ride. 🙂

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