House Mountain - Trail, Sedona, Arizona

House Mountain - Trail, Sedona, Arizona

DESCRIPTION

Begins as fast rolling singletrack, turns into hideous, short, steep, rocky, heart wrenching climb. Then through lava field with prickly pear growing right up to edge of singletrack. Downhill from there on two-track over some fork-blowing terrain. Take some tubes, some food, and some band-aids.

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[Feb 09, 2015]
Agavepuro
Weekend Warrior

Although it features good skinny trail, this is not a ride for single-track purists. It's more of an adventure offering excellent solitude and spectacular views of the Red Rock Country.

The way to ride this route is from Beaverhead Flat Rd. north toward Turkey Creek... NOT north to south per the description here. This way, you are riding toward the stunning Red Rock rather than toward the bland desert to the south. It also gets the climbing out of the way on 4x4 trails, finishing with a steep, challenging single-track descent into Turkey Creek. Much of the upper roads/4x4 trails are composed of loose rock on soft, volcanic soil. Be VERY careful on the downhills!! And forget about doing this within 3 days of rain... the soil turns into sticky clay that will triple the weight of your bike.

This ride can be done as a one way shuttle by leaving a car at the first parking area on the left side of Verde Valley School Rd, about 0.4 mi past the end of pavement. It's possible to drive all the way to the Turkey Creek Trailhead, but high clearance 4WD is strongly recommended. This gives 9.5 to 12.7 miles of dirt riding, depending on choice of route options. Or, park in the Village of Oak Creek and ride a clockwise loop. This option adds about 10.8 mi on road.

Customer Service

Two options exist to start up House Mountain. Both are found by going south on SR 179 from the SR 179/Verde Valley School Road intersection about 3.2 miles to Beaverhead Flat Road (Road 78 on some maps). Turn right and go 1.6 mi to Forest Road 120A or 3.4 mi to FR 9952. These are the 4th and 5th Forest Roads, respectively, on the north side of Beaverhead Flat Rd. FR 120A is longer and rockier, but offers more views of the Red Rock up top. There is also a shortcut option and an out-and-back view option. FR 9952 is more direct, steeper (features the infamous Heartbreak Hill), and the lower portion is prettier. Navigation can be sketchy, but FS has recently added helpful trail markers. You still need good map skills and a sense of direction.

NOTE: Be sure to stay on FR 9952 at the Y intersection. FR 9204Y will land you in Cornville with a big chunk of road riding to get back.

NOTE: The start of singletrack is IMMEDIATELY after the cattle pond dam. It's obscure and overgrown with mesquite and prickly pear cactus.

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Baldwin Loop, Templeton Trail, HIline Trail (double black diamond!)

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4
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4
[Mar 13, 2000]
zark

My friends and I combined this with The Broken Arrow/Submarine Rock loop for a 50 mile hell ride. We got somewhat lost though. Cosmic Ray's book describes "watertanks" as references of directions. They were actually dry depressions, not steel cylinders (whatever). The heinous climb through loose babyhead sized chunks of lava with prickly pear cactus on both sides was a suprise, I pulled it with almost no dabs. The descent was very fun. One of the Swiss guys I rode with had his Slime inner tube explode while I was tailing him at high speed. Bring tons of food and water and take a swim at buddah beach afterwards.

Customer Service

Same as above

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Its Sedona.. EVERYTHING!!

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4
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[Mar 28, 2001]
Robert Altavilla

There is some construction going on so it was very hard to find out where things were. If it wasn't for a couple of construction workers we would never have found it. We used cosmic rays trail guide and we still took some wrong turns. The two water tanks are actual green tanks- big steel things. Not little depressions like the other review.

Customer Service

same

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This trail was uphill for about 16 miles like you wouldn't beleive. The downhill was fast and intense- only about 3-4 miles. If you do this trail allow plenty of time to get lost and bring lots of food and water.

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3
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[May 29, 2002]
suzanne wilson

would omit this ride entire from the guidebook. it's way too much riding (streets and fireroads) for 3/4 miles of singletrack. there is singletrack but not as much as cosmic ray's book suggests.
wouldn't waste my time w/ this one.

Customer Service

would not recommend

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1
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[Jun 20, 2002]
Chris

All routes from the turkey creek turn off are fun but if you follow the House mountain "loop" strictly your in for a treat. Volumes of vertical as well as distance, but alas not a complete single track route. If you get distacted and head towards the school though pray for suspension.

Customer Service

Try your best to follow any directions, be them from Cosmic Ray or Bike and Bean.

Similar Products Used:

Any slick rock in Sedona, or the Dry Lake Hill/Elden complex in Flagstaff

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5
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