Sharon spent an evening pouring over maps and reading guidebooks to figure out our next ride. I was happy that she picked some trails we could ride to from the hotel and that they were all new to us. Heading out into another sunny warm Sedona day in short-sleeves and shorts I was keen to check out some new terrain.
Cruising down Hwy 89A towards the airport we had a few issues finding the trailhead we were looking for near the recycling depot so we ended up starting at a slightly different spot. At the end of the ride we popped onto the street from the trailhead we were looking for initially and didn’t feel too bad since it was not signed and just looked like some parking for a business.
We started out on Bandit Trail and headed SW to join up with Ridge Trail which headed South while climbing up a ridge on the West side of Airport Messa.
We grunted up Ridge Trail which is pretty mellow. There is the odd techy section to deal with, but climbing they are on the easier side.
Once we started heading downhill on Ridge Trail towards Oak Creek things got more challenging with lots of steep loose rock to shred.
We found our way over to the “Secret Slickrock” area – which isn’t so secret these days since it’s on the local trail map! 😉
We had hoped to cross Oak Creek and the ride some trails on the South side, but water levels were too high to make fording the creek very appealing so he just headed back to the start on Old Post Trail.
Old Post Trail was fun riding with intermediate technical sections, but not too many of them so you could get some flow going.
Of course all that downhill riding we enjoyed getting to the creek had to be paid back as we headed for the hotel so we settled in for some decent climbs.
All in all this was fun ride to add to our quiver. You can connect it to the Airport Messa Trail as well if you wanted to.