Sedona Arizona!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by Mikie, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    I guess you can call this another "Mike Grace Production" . I stopped by Mike's place (Bicycle Johns in Santa Clarita) to pick up a new set of Speedplay Frogs Pedals for my baby when he mentioned the opportunity to go to Sedona Arizona to check out the trails. I told him I would get back with him on that. 30 seconds later, I told him . . . Yes!

    Put out there on http://www.imtbtrails.com that I was looking for someone to ride shotgun in the Mini, and Hill^Billy jumped on it immediately.
    We were set, and had a blast.
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    http://www.strava.com/activities/89323519

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  2. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    We couldn't help ourselves. We had to go for a spin that day. After all, time . . . and daylight was burnin'.

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  3. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    On the way down Broken Arrow, we found the secret trail Hog Wash. Not recognized by IMBA, it was threatened to be shut down.

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  4. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C


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  5. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    After our "Hang Over" event, we got some lunch at the Red Rock BBQ (ehhh). We were so frustrated with the ride and hike, we went back to the Red Agave Resort and hammered "Slim Shady" to "HT" to "Easy Breazy" up to "Cathedral", over to "Templeton", back to "Slim Shady" where Mike Grace decided to put the Pivot to the test. We hammered all the way back to the Red Agave burningthe frustration out of our bodies. We were quite pleased at that point. The next morning (Monday) we got up early and rode the same ride over again before we had to shower up, check out, and hit the long drive back to reality.

    My suggestion? Order a trail map (Absolute Bikes has a very nice water proof map for 15 bucks), study it very well before showing up. That way you can spend more time riding and less time looking at a map on the trail.

    All in all, it was an amazing trip and I plan for sure to go back!!!!

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  6. hill^billy

    hill^billy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Acton
    Name:
    Doug Lake
    Current Bike:
    Yeti SB-66
    Ok, that was a damn good ride report! THANKS!
     
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  7. Maddog

    Maddog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Lancaster
    Name:
    Greg Madison
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer 275
    Great RR Mikie! Was it Submarine Rock trail up to Chicken Point? I remember the pink jeeps, Broken Arrow and a couple others. Don't think I'd even try Hangover. Lots of HAB for a chance to plunge over a 300 ft cliff?!?!?! Be very, very careful! Glad you guys had a great time!
     
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  8. hill^billy

    hill^billy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Acton
    Name:
    Doug Lake
    Current Bike:
    Yeti SB-66
    I noticed on the Santa Monica Fwy.pic that there is only on track, and that would be mine. So it leads me to believe not to many people venture up there with a bike, unless on accident. :shock:
     
  9. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Edward Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO Plus
    Didn't get a lot of pictures when we were there in April. Great pics and RR Mikie.
     
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  10. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Bump!
    Yeah, I know... It's my own report. The pics lost all the explanations from the forum software transfer. But Dang! The scenery is worth it alone.
    You GOTS to go get some of that. You will leave a weekend in Sedona a better rider. I promise!
     
  11. dstepper

    dstepper Member

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Dean Stepper
    Current Bike:
    2014 Turner Czar
    Only in the last few years did Sedona have many trail signs. You don't need signs and a map if you pay attention to the rock formations. That is the joy of Sedona....exploring and finding new stuff. No trail climbs more than 800 feet and all trails a close to paved bailouts.

    The Hogs are not going anywhere they are Forest Service approved trails. Over the Edge used to have good maps but the Forest Service made them take off all the social trails and only publish approved trails. Sedona takes about a week to fully explore. Once you get around maps are only a hindrance.

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  12. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    The picture slot machine "can" be considered cruel and unusual punishment in the sense that it makes you wish you were somewhere else as oppose to where you are!
    Like going back to Sedona and railing some of the most AWESOME trails in the South West!
    Man! I can not wait to get back to Sedona!

    Mikie
     
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  13. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    I have been holding down the fort there 2 to 3 times a year. Its still great.
     
  14. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    I'm glad this one came up, as I didn't see the original posting!
    Magic out there (Must be the vortices!)!
     
  15. konakc

    konakc Well-Known Member

    Name:
    kc
    so Mikie.. are you saying avoid hangover trail in Sedona? we going this coming weekend.. any trails that I should not miss?
    Hangover sounds like playing w/ death.. I can handle anything in SCal legal trails.. double black Hangover looks very interesting but I don't want to walk mostly and/or fly over the edge...
     
  16. da big hills

    da big hills Well-Known Member

    Location:
    pearl harbor
    Name:
    cagey
    Current Bike:
    enduro 29
    Hangover is on the east of the creek, the rest is mostly on the west of the creek. There are more trails on the west vs the east. The east has big exposures, the west has less but the trails on the west are flow trails since they follow contours very well. This allows for big scoots and not to many hike a bikes (I saw none). I would probably ride both but the west side is less intense since you do not have the big drop off like Hangover.
    Happy red and white rock trails
     
  17. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Yeah,
    If I were to go back to Sedona any time soon Hangover would not be on my to do list. So much more fun rides out there to do!
     
  18. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer & Primer
    Hangover absolutely is NOT a double black trail. Are there a few sketchy spots that might be double black? Sure...but it’s not like you’re riding along and cheating death. We ride it every trip and I ride 99% of it and walk maybe 100 feet total...and I’m no expert. Personally, I think the chute section on Hi Line is more dangerous than Hangover. At least on Hangover, I ride more of it every trip but I’ll never even attempt a couple moves on Hi Line.
     
  19. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    Agreed. Couple sections on both those trails I don't ride and probably won't. Both are fun even walking a few spots.
     
  20. hill^billy

    hill^billy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Acton
    Name:
    Doug Lake
    Current Bike:
    Yeti SB-66
    I road most of Hangover also but that may be due to not really knowing which way to go on some of it. I do have a new weapon now, could help a little.
     
  21. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer & Primer
    Well, you want to ride it counter clockwise but you also have a few options to approach Hangover. We start at the bottom trailhead on Schnebly Hill and ride up Munds Canyon singletrack. It’s rocky and challenging but mostly fun with some HAB. It’s super fun going back to the car. You can also ride up the dirt road to the end (Cow Pies) or the least taxing but least fun is to drive all the way up to the top trailhead and get on Hangover itself almost right away.
     
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  22. konakc

    konakc Well-Known Member

    Name:
    kc
    thanks for the replies... awe shucks not going Sedona after all... only have this weekend free from family obligations so WILL do something... might have to go back to an old hobby.. kayaking!
     
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