OverviewA great loop with some mild easy climbing to a straight shot single track blast to a technical slick rock traverse around a flat top mountain. Mescal Mountain is a loop comprised of Long Canyon Trail, Deadman's Pass, Mescal Mountain and a short road ride back to the parking lot. The portion of slick rock is an awsome traverse!
Trail DescriptionFrom the Long Canyon Trailhead ride up the trail (starts as a old jeep trail) for 1 mile to the signed junction with Deadman's Pass, make a left.
Deadman's Pass starts a small climb towards the pass for a 1\4 mile. Once over the pass pedal pedal pedal. It is a straight shot for almost 1 mile. There are a couple drops\rock gardens which you may want to slow up a bit but with a squishy bike and knowing the right line you can fly through. The trail will come through a dry wash just after a bench and the junction with the Boynton Canyon trail.
Watch on your left at or just after the wash there will be a couple entrances to Mescal (not marked and possibly blocked by trees layed down by angry hikers.... there are no signs saying no bikes, it is not wilderness and there is a trail there so ...). Follow the trail back across the wash where the trail climbs steeply towards Mescal.
Getting ThereFrom the "Y" in Sedona head south on Hwy 89a for 3 miles to Dry Creek Rd. make a right. Follow Dry Creek Rd. for 3 miles where the road tees. Make a right on Long Canyon Rd. The parking lot is 3\4 mile on the left hand side of the road.
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When to BikeSpring
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Winter- Mid Day