Highline Trail – Sedona, AZ…

1 03 2012

Jumping for joy...

The locals here in Sedona all seem to be talking about Highline Trail so we figured it was time to check it out ourselves.

A-Man getting a leg up...

We started out with a couple espressos at the Bike and Bean bike/coffee shop.

Trying to stay lost...

Climbing aboard our fine mountain bikes we rolled up Slim Shady Trail.

Staying grounded...

We took a couple exploratory missions down side trails, but eventually we found the start of Highline Trail.

There was some hike a bike...

We had to climb & push our bikes up some steep slopes at first.

A-Man rumbles down the trail...

The quality of the trail was high and justified all the buzz we had heard.

Up, up and away...

Highline features a lot of narrow exposed trail.

Desert flora...

It’s hard enough and exposed enough I wouldn’t recommend it for riders with an over active sense of self-preservation.

Getting high...

For the most part Highline was solidly intermediate in difficulty without getting too gnarly.

A-Man channels the Thunder Chicken...

The most dangerous parts of the ride were the amazingly beautiful views that were seriously distracting.

Consulting the map...

Although we got confused a few times we managed not to get lost.

Prepared for take off...

The ride just went on and on until our faces hurt from all the smiling.

A-Man rolling down some tasty slickrock...

Eventually we dropped down towards Baldwin Trail, but the fun wasn’t over.

Living on the edge...

Due to the rain/snow earlier this week the trail was uber tacky making us feel like heros.

Good to the last drop...

Once we got onto Baldwin Trail we let our guard down a bit as we assumed  it would be an easy cruise back to the start.

About to carve some bermy singletrack...

The ride back started off easy and curvy, but then the rocky tech came back.

A-Man went ahead to scout out the route...

Aaron volunteered to go ahead and conduct some ninja styles recon.

Waiting patiently...

I eventually got bored and found A-Man doing some horizontal scouting.

Switchback...

Our easy pedal home got rough and then turned vertical for a good long way towards the start of Templeton Trail.

A-Man, Deb and Brenda our helpful guides...

We had passed two nice ladies on Highline and Baldwin Trails then ran into them again at the start of Templeton Trail. They suggest we try Easy Breezy headed south rather that Templeton and offered to guide us. How could we refuse? It was really fun to ride in a small posse for a change. We cruised down the very enjoyable Easy Breezy Trail then took Slim Shady back to the truck.

A-Man giving 'er...

All in all Highline Trail was a great day in the saddle. It lived up to our considerable expectations. We’ll definitely be back and would highly recommend it to any intermediate mountain bikers without a fear of heights!

Here are a couple videos of Highline Trail from Mountain Bike USA to give you a sense of the action.


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2 responses

26 11 2012
Les

where did you get the map at for the trail?

26 11 2012
thelazyrando

I bought it at either the Bike and Bean or the Fat Tire Bike Shop. I can’t recall which one, but it’s a commonly available map.

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