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Name: Girdner Trail Author's Rating: (Not as beautiful as some of the other Sedona trails, but more rideable)
Author: Matt Marine Avg. User Rating: Not rated yet
Type: Bike Difficulty: (Medium). A little bit of hike-a-bike for me going up the trail. Mostly rideable
Time: 1 - 3 hours Region: NW Arizona
Length: 9 miles Elevation gain/loss/change: +606 / -606 ft / +0 ft (loop)
Type: Loop Avg Elevation: 4400 ft
Best time to go: fall, winter, spring Fees: NA
Fitness rating: Medium Educational Merit: Low
Danger/fear rating:Low Scenic Beauty: High
Hours of Operation: NA Last updated: April, 2010
Short Description: A less popular, but easier ride in beautiful Sedona.
Geocaches: A few geocaches in the area. Gina's Birthday Cache; Doodle's Cache
References / Contact Information: Coconino National Forest
Points of interest: Doe Mountain, Dry Creek Wash, getting away from the crowds
Special Considerations: Requires Red Rock Pass. These can be purchased at any Ranger station, kiosks, Circle K's and many other stores in Sedona or Oak Creek.
How to get there: The trailhead (Waypoint 001) is at the intersection of Dry Creek Rd and Boynton Canyon Rd. Driving north on Dry Creek Rd, you’ll see Dry Creek Rd take a right (dirt road) and Boynton Canyon (paved road) continues straight. There’s a parking area on the east side of the intersection. You can also buy Red Rock passes here. The area on the south side is for buying passes only and only allows 15 minute parking (not enough time to ride the trail :-). You can park on the north side though. Also, across the paved road, on the west side, just north of the intersection there’s an area for a couple of cars. Click here for directions. The trail begins a few feet north of the intersection on the west side of the street. There is a forest service trail sign at the start of the trail.

Trail Description

As far as the trails I’ve ridden in Sedona, besides the Templeton trail, this trail is the most agreeable to intermediate riders like myself. It may not be as scenic as some of the other trails, but it’s still Sedona and beautiful in its own way. The best thing about this trail is that it doesn’t require all that much hike-a-bike as the other trails I’ve tried (besides Templeton and of course the Bell Rock Pathway trails) in Sedona. Another great thing about this trail is that it’s not as popular as the others and if you don’t want to worry about crashing into other bikers or hikers, this is a great option. I didn’t see another soul when I rode this trail. A great break if you want to be alone.

General Information and History

The trail takes you near The Cockscomb and Doe Mountains. There’s a couple of nice sections that run through Dry Creek, which wasn’t all that dry when I rode it (though I could see in a few more weeks it would probably be dry). There’s also some nice shady spots for a picnic near the wash.

A portion of this ride is along an old Jeep trail that is slowly being reclaimed by nature and is turning into a singletrack. Another ten years and this will be all singletrack.

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The Trail

The trail rides parallel with Boynton Canyon Rd for a few hundred feet before turning left and heading down into the valley. Continue down Girdner Trail for a mile (from the start) until you reach Waypoint002 and the intersection of Two Fence Trail. Continue right along Girdner Trail. Ride another 0.2 miles until you reach the intersection of the Girdner Trail and Arizona Cypress Trail (Waypoint003). Take a left to stay on Girdner You will be returning to this point on the loop back (where the loop intersects Girdner Trail).

At Waypoint004 (after a short, steep descent), you’ll keep right on an old 4wd trail. Soon you’ll come to Dry Creek Wash. I was lucky enough to ride when it was running fairly good. What a great place to take a break, listen to the water gurgle and birds chirp. I could have stayed here for hours.

Cross the creek at Waypoint005 and begin climbing up out of the wash. On the other side of the wash, Girdner Trail takes a left, while the old 4wd trail continues straight. Take the old 4wd trail. This is Rupp Trail and for the next mile is a fairly decent climb.

At Waypoint006, continue straight along the main road. Continue riding for another ½ mile or so until you reach Waypoint007. Keep right along main trail. I believe left will take you to the Cockscomb. Now, you’re officially on Cockscomb trail. There’s a nice overlook at Waypoint008.

Keep going until you reach Waypoint009, then take a right onto Dawa trail. This is a fun part of the trail. You’ll be riding down the power lines. Keep straight at Waypoint010. You’ll reach and cross Dry Creek wash at Waypoint011. Take a right on Arizona Cypress trail. Go another 0.2 miles, back across the creek, ride through some nice trees and some deep sand, then cross the creek again. You’re on the east side of the creek again (Waypoint012). Take a left here, up the slight rise. The unofficial trail along the creek is very sandy.

Keep riding along Arizona Cypress until you reach Waypoint003 and the Girdner Trail intersection. Take a left here and return back to the trailhead.

Have fun and be safe!

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