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So I'm headed out there from California the last week in December to ride in AZ, but not sure where to go as i have heard that both of these places have killer riding. I'm into XC and DH, but am going to bring an XC bike on this trip. If i can link some DH sort of trails in the mix that would be cool as well, and if there is any good shuttle stuff that someone could recommend that would be great as well. Any key trails i need to ride? I don't know much about the area and would love some sound advice.
 

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The visitor's sticky at the top of the AZ page has a lot of info. Dec/Jan/Feb is a great time to be riding our southern desert trails that are too hot for most people other times of the year. Sedona and Prescott may be lovely in late Dec but you also might end up with snow on trails and very chilly weather. During your planned vacation week there will be lots of spontaneous rides in the Phx and Tucson area... see http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=469962 If you want company and a guide, you are welcome to join these rides but you'll need to have internet access to gather the info. Bring a laptop!
 

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We'd be happy to take you out, too. I'm no DHer but all of the DH stuff here around Prescott is rideable on a rigid or hardtail. Not really true DH. If you want to do the true DH stuff, you'll have to go towards Sedona from here and helimech is your man to show you.

I'd be happy to show you the rest of our trails, as would a 1/2 dozen other friendly riders from our area.

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peletonnissen said:
So I'm headed out there from California the last week in December to ride in AZ, but not sure where to go as i have heard that both of these places have killer riding. I'm into XC and DH, but am going to bring an XC bike on this trip. If i can link some DH sort of trails in the mix that would be cool as well, and if there is any good shuttle stuff that someone could recommend that would be great as well. Any key trails i need to ride? I don't know much about the area and would love some sound advice.
peleton:

There are three things that Sedona has that Prescott doesn't:

1. World Class Uphill Riding with some downhill;

http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=465756

http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=458924&highlight=hangover

2. World Class Scenery;

3. All weather trail system due to rocky trail surface on many trails. We have over 100 trails to choose from.

If you need a really nice place to stay for two people with a spa, workout room and potential guiding service, let me know. Cost is $86 a night normally $190.
 

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It's not, that trail is some 30 miles to the north and at least 2000 feet lower in elevation than anything in Prescott. And probably where you would want to be anyway the last week of December. Not that it snows that much there, but it will likely be at least 10 degrees warmer in Sedona that time of year.
 

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It's not, that trail is some 30 miles to the north and at least 2000 feet lower in elevation than anything in Prescott. And probably where you would want to be anyway the last week of December. Not that it snows that much there, but it will likely be at least 10 degrees warmer in Sedona that time of year.
not to be too contentious, but i'm gonna bid that sedona will actually be closer to only1500 feet lower and no more than about 5 degrees warmer than prescott the last week in december (admitting, of course, that time-of-year will have a slightly greater effect on temperature than it will on elevation, typically, tho ymmv...).
 

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not to be too contentious, but i'm gonna bid that sedona will actually be closer to only1500 feet lower and no more than about 5 degrees warmer than prescott the last week in december (admitting, of course, that time-of-year will have a slightly greater effect on temperature than it will on elevation, typically, tho ymmv...).
The trail pictured is at about 5200', the Courthouse at Preskitt is just under 5400'. More important is the different nature of the trails and scenery. Don't pay attention to the world class stuff, that old guy needs his meds adjusted. I heard he took up hiking and joined the Sierra Club.
 

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which horrible looking trail in Prescott might that be??
peleton:

Those of us who live near Sedona or Prescott have an ongoing friendly WAR going on as to what area has better riding. I have attached a letter from someone that has a less biased opinion than I do, you might want to read it.

Just curious how old the Lafayette bike shop is. I may have puchased my first ten speed bike there 45 years ago? I use to ride down Mt. Diablo Blvd on it every school day to attend Stanley Junior High.

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not to be too contentious, but i'm gonna bid that sedona will actually be closer to only1500 feet lower and no more than about 5 degrees warmer than prescott the last week in december (admitting, of course, that time-of-year will have a slightly greater effect on temperature than it will on elevation, typically, tho ymmv...).
RockyC, how can you be teaching class if you're killing time at work on mtbr like the rest of us:D

You're partially correct. The mean max for Prescott in December is 52; whereas Sedona is 57. However, the average low of 22 is 9 degrees lower than Sedona. Not only that, but most sedona riding is in the 4200' range +/- 200' and the good riding in Prescott is in the hills above town so I stand by my earlier assertion that the elevation difference is closer to 2000'. Take that you educator of our children.

Hey, I ran into Eugene out on the trails. I'm gonna have to get one of his unicycles http://coconinocycles.blogspot.com/
 

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We'd be happy to take you out, too. I'm no DHer but all of the DH stuff here around Prescott is rideable on a rigid or hardtail. Not really true DH. If you want to do the true DH stuff, you'll have to go towards Sedona from here and helimech is your man to show you.

I'd be happy to show you the rest of our trails, as would a 1/2 dozen other friendly riders from our area.

Greg
Agree with what he says, except that if you want DH, go to Phoenix and ride South Mountain (flagstaff could always be ridable, and it has superb downhill-but is a gamble this time of year). This time of year, it's either there(phoenix) or Boulder City for real shuttle-runs on DH bikes. Sedona stuff has lots of climbs, becomes a bear on a real big bike, has limited amount of vertical, and so on. It's not that there's no fun riding, or no routes to take, but as an example, Damifino is NOT a DH trail, even though it has features, downhill sections, some technical things, etc. If you're ok with with this, then Sedona is fine. Take something you are comfortable on climbing or pushing up steep stuff, even though it may not be for an extended period of time.
 

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I think your best bet is to play it by ear and see what the weather has to offer. If Prescott gets a little snow, chances are Sedona might be dry. If both Sedona and Prescott are cold and wet, maybe head further south. Fact is, everything worth riding in this part of the state is within a 90 minute drive, so you could fold in all of the above.
 

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Agree with what he says, except that if you want DH, go to Phoenix and ride South Mountain (flagstaff could always be ridable, and it has superb downhill-but is a gamble this time of year). This time of year, it's either there(phoenix) or Boulder City for real shuttle-runs on DH bikes. Sedona stuff has lots of climbs, becomes a bear on a real big bike, has limited amount of vertical, and so on. It's not that there's no fun riding, or no routes to take, but as an example, Damifino is NOT a DH trail, even though it has features, downhill sections, some technical things, etc. If you're ok with with this, then Sedona is fine. Take something you are comfortable on climbing or pushing up steep stuff, even though it may not be for an extended period of time.
Jayem, Jayem, quit being so negative. Yes flag does have some great DH, but I really think you need to explore more of your own area. You might be surprised :eek: . Just DHilled a mountain today thats right up the street.
Damifino is a dam fine trail that might get you a little hungover (thanks doc).
 

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Those of us who live near Sedona or Prescott have an ongoing friendly WAR going on as to what area has better riding.
What the hell are you talking about? We have an ongoing police action over you spamming, using poor grammar, and being annoying.

I'm just going to remind everyone, most of the riding in Pskeet starts at 5.5 or so, and only goes up. Like above 7, up. If the riding on Spruce is not far better uphill riding (know as climbing to most) than anything in Sedona, then I am wrong.

And that just does not happen.
 

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Go to Sedona. Great views, the weather isn't that bad as I used to escape Flag in the winter to get in some hiking and biking down in Sedona. I personally like the Broken Arrow neighborhood/Submarine rock trail/Jeep Road/Chicken Point area to explore and ride.
 

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RockyC, how can you be teaching class if you're killing time at work on mtbr like the rest of us:D

You're partially correct. The mean max for Prescott in December is 52; whereas Sedona is 57. However, the average low of 22 is 9 degrees lower than Sedona. Not only that, but most sedona riding is in the 4200' range +/- 200' and the good riding in Prescott is in the hill above so I stand by my earlier assertion that the elevation difference is closer to 2000'. Take that you educator of our children.

Hey, I ran into Eugene out on the trails. I'm gonna have to get one of his unicycles http://coconinocycles.blogspot.com/
this is what happens when parents don't show for their parent-teacher conferences...
 

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What the hell are you talking about? We have an ongoing police action over you spamming, using poor grammar, and being annoying.

I'm just going to remind everyone, most of the riding in Pskeet starts at 5.5 or so, and only goes up. Like above 7, up. If the riding on Spruce is not far better uphill riding (know as climbing to most) than anything in Sedona, then I am wrong.

And that just does not happen.
Wise-man say: don't make claims of never being wrong right after scolding someone for using poor grammar while using poor grammar yourself. That kind of wrecks the whole never being wrong thing.
I agree, that ride up 307 is some serious climbing, especially ccw.

Pele,
The question is, do you prefer riding in the woods (Prescott), or would you prefer red dirt and slick-rock (Sedona). Since this is a one vs. the other thing, I vote for Prescott. But I live there so take it for what it's worth. You won't be disappointed with either.
 

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Better views? The views in Prescott are every bit as good as the views in Sedona. The difference is that you have to do some climbing in Prescott to get above the trees where the spectacular views are. Or you can put on yer girly pants and shuttle.

In Sedona, you can see the moonscape from anywhere in the moonscape. And it's spectacular, but without having to work for it.
 
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