Buddha Beach via Cathedral Rock - Trail, Sedona, Arizona

Buddha Beach via Cathedral Rock - Trail, Sedona, Arizona

DESCRIPTION

Fast rolling singletrack, tricky ledge hopping climbs, great vista's, studly double drop downhill.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 12, 2006]
Konacat
Weekend Warrior

I estimated that I have been riding this trail for over six years and in taht six years I have blazed the Ctahedral Rock loop at least 75 times. It is as close to the perfect trail as one can get. I prefer doing the loop counter clockwise. That way you get to drop down the switchbacks to Buddha Beach instead of climb them. The trail has recently added about a mile of singletrack between Buddha Beach and Verde Valley Rd. due to development. For once urban sprawl has an unintended good side effect. Beginners will be challenged by this trail yet still have fun and experts can tear this trail a new one. You never have to grunt to hard and you get plenty of treats on this trail. By treats I mean awesome drops , underpasses, slickrock, woop de do's , jumps and plenty of technical challenges. It will take a week to wipe the smile off of your face when you are done.

Customer Service

Start at Bell Rock and head North on the double track past Bell Rock. Hit the singletrack and drop under 179 to get to Cathedral Rock. Go fast on the slickrock until you hit the switchbacks which will drop you to Buddha Beach on the Oakcreek. Now finish the singletrack until you hit Verde Valley rd for a warmdown ride back to Bell Rock. I like this loop counter clockwise best.

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Bell Rock to Chicken point. Tough technical climb which means and awesome ride back down. Enjoy the wind and views at Chicken point. Watch out for hikers and pink Jeeps on this one.

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5
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3
[Nov 22, 2003]
tfrandal
Cross Country Rider

A fun ride but a back country experience it is not. Sedona has become a conjested tourist trap. It is suburbia for those with status issues. Seems like every year residential and commercial development on every turn of the trails compromises what could of been the jewel of the west. Sedona should of been designated a national park 30 years ago. Basicly Sedona has been ruined by development.

Customer Service

Stay Home

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2
VALUE
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2
[Oct 02, 2003]
Scott S
Cross Country Rider

A classic Arizona trail with cactus-lined singletrack, slickrock, un-peddlable switchbacks, and remember-back-when-you-first-learned-to-ride-kind-exhillerating whoops-dee-doos. Pay for the pass and park at the Bell Rock trailhead park just north of the Circle-K, well south of the "Y", then work your way north along Bell Rock trail, cut under the 179 highway, then follow your nose north and west along the eastern side of Cathedral Rock. Note - this is not the first place you ever want to ride with SPD clip-in pedals! Be sure to take an extra pair of shorts for a swim in the creek (...or go Navaho with the hipppies at Buddah Beach), then work your way over the hill and back around past Buddah Beach for an out and Back return. If you live in or visit Arizona, don't miss this ride.

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5
VALUE
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5
[Oct 30, 1999]
smedley

This trail has it all, blazing fast cross country, technical ascents, technical descents, and great views, plus some nice swimming in Oak Creek on those days when it's 105F. Broken Arrow has alot, but for my money, Cathedral has the mostest. Watch for the witching circles on the side of Cathedral Rock. People build them, then sit inside and chant or beat on bongos. (yes, they really do!)

Customer Service

Go at it from the tunnel side first, even though it's hard to find. You may need to get directions at the Bike&Bean. Start at the Bike&Bean parking lot or the Bell Rock Parking lot. There is a singletrack trail leaving the Bell Rock parking lot right next to the sign. Numerous side trails through here, don't worry, they will spit you out on the Bell Rock Pathway. Once on the pathway, head up and around Bell Rock. Once you are up there, look for Baby Bell, a smaller smoother rock formation on the right. The trail to the tunnel is about 300 yards past it, on the left, look for a little stump and some rocks on the left. Down and into the dry wash, through the tunnel, then short steep up. Rolling way fast singletrack with some tricky corners, there are a couple of turns that are easy to miss. Singletrack will bring you to slickrock area as you ride around the contour of Cathedral Rock. A short hiking trail crosses the trail and is marked by rock cairns, cross the trail and continue on. Very steep and tricky downhill with a doubleledge in the middle of it will take you down to Oak Creek. Nice techy ride along the creek, then left through a gate. Trail continues and follows along a dry wash to a short steep climb. Almost all downhill from here over short ledges out to Verde Valley School Rd. Left on the road and follow it back around to Hwy 179, left again back to where you parked. Doing it in reverse is also a blast.

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Try linking this one up with Broken Arrow/Little Horse for a really fun day.

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5
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[Jan 31, 2000]
Eric

This is the first trail I rode when I travelled out from Massachusetts. It was awesome. Not nearly as technical as what I usually ride, it nevertheless offered a good variety of singletrack, slickrock and downhill. The views were incredible. If you take the clockwise route, you're treated to a great downhill as you head back toward the Circle K on the Bell Rock Trail. Just watch for the tourists. I almost took out a family of four.

Customer Service

Same as the guy before me, but clockwise

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5
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[Feb 03, 2000]
cosmic ray

Most excellent killer great loop. Do it in either direction. I prefer clockwise because that damn tunnel is too hard to find going the other way. Head 3 miles out Verde Valley School Road. Fun begins about 100 feet before the "S" turn sign. Go right on single track that whoop-de-doos and does anything but straight all the way to Buddha Beach. Go along the beach upstream for about a half mile then a waaaay steep up to gain all your elevation in a 5 minute grunt. Now just stay on the main trail along the contour slickrock face of the base of Cathedral (red) Rock. Gorgeous. You end up at the tunnel that takes you safely under the insane traffic on HWY 179. This dumps you on the urban trail that you can take right to go or left to Submarine Rock Loop. See what I mean, just buy my book and you will have enless hours of mindless fun in Sedoner.

Customer Service

Go to Bike and Bean in Village of Oak Creek. Buy Cosmic Ray's book or memorize free map provided by Ray.

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YEAH BABY! Try Submarine Rock, Huckaby Trail, Cockscomb Loop, Deadman's Pass Loop, Jordan-Teacup-Thunder Mountain Trail, Bell Rock / Courthouse Butte Loop, Carrol Canyon and the evil and particularly mindless Airport Mesa Loop.

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5
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[May 14, 2000]
Dodi

Great ride that almost anyone in decent shape can do. Some of the best sights in Sedona!

Customer Service

Park at the Bell rock pathway lot and head north up the pathway.Finding the turnoff to the tunnel is hard to explain if you've never done it.Stop by bike and bean across from the parking lot and ask for advice.Ride this in a counter-clockwise direction

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Mt. Elden in Flag. is a gift from the mtn. bike gods.

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5
VALUE
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[Jun 05, 2000]
sngltrck1

This trail has a little of everything: slick rock, loose gravel, rushing water, colorful deciduous trees, sand, packed dirt through woods. (All in one trail!)
Starting at the entrance off of V.V.S. Road, take the trail to the edge of Oak Creek and then follow the water. Soon, you will drop out onto a sandy area and across the creek is Bhudda Beach. This beach is a testament to the patience that rock stackers can have! After meditating (and perhaps a quick swim), head on down the trail through a dense oak growth then hike-a-bike up to the rim where you can look back down at the valley carved out by Oak Creek. Fantastic colors in Autumn! Now begins the slick rock portion of the trail. Twisting and dipping past Cathedral Rock on your right and the valley or "bowl" down below. On the far end of the bowl you'll head uphill again and then veer to the right. This segment will drop you under the overpass of HWY 179. Once you pass under that, the trail continues up the embankment to the left. Dropping out onto Bell Rock path you have to start looking out for tourists because they aren't looking for you! Bell Rock path will end at a parking lot but there is a trail marked for bikes just before the lot on your right. Taking this will put you onto Back-O-Beyond Road. CAREFULLY cross over 179 and head down this very steep paved road. Viola' !! You have just hit the hiker's entrance for Cathedral Rock. Take this up to the rim again and circle back the way you came. (Another dip in the creek is deserved) Finally, as your thirsty body cries out to the desert, reassure it that Oak Creek Brewery is a short drive away!!

Customer Service

Pass the "curved road" sign on Verde Valley School Road and park in the lot off to the left. Then, bike back towards that sign and enter the single track on the left marked with rocks at the entrance.

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Sedona has more trails than you can shake a stick at!! However, much of the year it is VERY HOT. Come on up to Flagstaff if it's summer. Between these two cities there are more single tracks than I would care to try naming. E-mail me if your coming and would like to ride with someone that knows the area.

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5
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[May 18, 2001]
Gary

I ride a lot out in Virginia and I was very impressed with the trail system up there. Good climbs, single track, jumps, you name it. Awesome. The people were very helpful and more than willing to take you on their trails. Again totally awesome.

Customer Service

Ask the people at Bike and Beans

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Any of them

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5
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[Jan 02, 2002]
Raineman

Spectacular and technical...drop down on the hiking trail and cut up to the Circle K and llama trails for fine ridin' AZ style. I couldn't do this trail enough during my 10 day stay in June. Heaven. On my last loop through by Bell Rock there was a Mojave rattlesnake next to the trail, coiled and ready 5' away...still here and I am told it is very unusual to see one by the locals. Overall incredible riding in an incredible place. Peace. BTW Bike and Bean's cool...recommended for a rental or cup o joe if needed. the heat can be brutal in June after 10:30 am until 4 pm. Just say H2O.
If you haven't been to Sedona, you have heaven waiting for you.

Customer Service

Leave Bell Rock headed toward Sedona, look right and cut off on to the small trail, over and through jumps, quick turns , the tunnel under 179 and up past the great Red Rock Crossing among the cactus.

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Bear Brook State Park and Fort Rock here in NH.

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5
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