The locals here in Sedona all seem to be talking about Highline Trail so we figured it was time to check it out ourselves.
We started out with a couple espressos at the Bike and Bean bike/coffee shop.
Climbing aboard our fine mountain bikes we rolled up Slim Shady Trail.
We took a couple exploratory missions down side trails, but eventually we found the start of Highline Trail.
We had to climb & push our bikes up some steep slopes at first.
The quality of the trail was high and justified all the buzz we had heard.
Highline features a lot of narrow exposed trail.
It’s hard enough and exposed enough I wouldn’t recommend it for riders with an over active sense of self-preservation.
For the most part Highline was solidly intermediate in difficulty without getting too gnarly.
The most dangerous parts of the ride were the amazingly beautiful views that were seriously distracting.
Although we got confused a few times we managed not to get lost.
The ride just went on and on until our faces hurt from all the smiling.
Eventually we dropped down towards Baldwin Trail, but the fun wasn’t over.
Due to the rain/snow earlier this week the trail was uber tacky making us feel like heros.
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.
The ride back started off easy and curvy, but then the rocky tech came back.
Aaron volunteered to go ahead and conduct some ninja styles recon.
I eventually got bored and found A-Man doing some horizontal scouting.
Our easy pedal home got rough and then turned vertical for a good long way towards the start of Templeton Trail.
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.
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.