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Mescal Chuck Wagon Loop, AZ
mini location map2020-05-23
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Mescal Chuck Wagon Loop, AZ 
Mescal Chuck Wagon Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar May 23 2020
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking13.40 Miles 1,353 AEG
Mtn Biking13.40 Miles   3 Hrs   33 Mns   5.25 mph
1,353 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break16 LBS Pack
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1st trip
I was a little nervous about heading to Sedona on a holiday weekend just days after the Dry Creek trail system quarantine was lifted. But, the temperatures were forecasted to be great and we're early birds so we went for it. Got to the Mescal trail head at 7am and only a couple of vehicles there. Quick climb up Mescal right from the start then the trail levels off to go around the mountain. Opted for the "Extreme" trail this time. The only real tough part is jumping a foot wide gap on the off camber slick rock (I ended up pushing my bike across). Mescal is such a treat! From there we jumped on Deadmans Pass for a big long climb over to Long Canyon which is smooth fast downhill to Chuck Wagon. Chuck Wagon is a nice long collection of ups and downs with plenty of shade and some interesting rocky challenges. Lots of traffic on Chuck Wagon, both bikers and hikers. Took Chuck Wagon all the way down to Girdner and over to Snake. From there to OK Alternative which was devoid of any signs of recent human traffic. Jumped on OK for a bit and then crossed the road up Canyon of Fools to Yucca and back to the trailhead on Mescal.
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