|Name: Llama Trail||Author's Rating:|
|Author: Matt Marine||Avg. User Rating: Not rated yet|
|Type: Bike||Difficulty: (Challenging). Some hike-a-bike. Not as crowded as the more popular trails|
|Time: 1 - 3 hours||Region: NW Arizona|
|Length: 4.5 miles (roundtrip)||Elevation gain/loss/change: +400 / -400 ft / +0 ft (loop)|
|Type: Loop||Avg Elevation: 4300 ft|
|Best time to go: fall, winter, spring, early/late summer||Fees: 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.|
|Fitness rating: Medium||Educational Merit: Low|
|Danger/fear rating: Low||Scenic Beauty: High|
|Hours of Operation: NA||Last updated: April, 2010|
|Short Description: A nice, short, less-traveled trail in beautiful Arizona|
|Geocaches: A few geocaches in the area. Spirit of Sedona; Mystic|
|References / Contact Information: Singletracks; Great Hikes in Sedona|
|Points of interest: Twin Buttes, Bell Rock, beautiful scenery and access to a bunch of other trails|
|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 off highway 179 in the Bell Rock Pathway trailhead that’s closest to Sedona proper. Park in the lot and the trailhead is on the southern end of the parking lot. Click here for directions.|
This is a nice ride between Twin Buttes (Broken Arrow trail) and Bell Rock. It’s not as technically challenging as Broken Arrow (though there is some hike-a-bike) and it’s almost as beautiful. You can also access Chicken Point (see Broken Arrow) and Bell Rock Pathway from these trails.
This trail runs parallel to the Bell Rock Pathway and isn’t nearly as crowded. You can access a ton of other trails in this area and the scenery is super nice.
NOTE: The route and distance as drawn on the Topo map are approximate. Due to a user malfunction of my GPS, it didn’t record the track, only the Waypoints. Therefore, I drew in the route by hand as best as I could.
From the parking area, take the Bell Rock Pathway south for about 1/3 of a mile and take a left onto Little Horse trail at Waypoint002. Ride along Little Horse for only a short while until you go down into a wash (Waypoint003). The trail splits at the wash. The trail off to the right is easy to see and gets you back onto Bell Rock Pathway at Waypoint011 quickly. Hard to spot is the Little Horse trail off to the left. Go left at the wash and ride along the wash for a few feet and the trail heads up and out. Keep going for almost another half a mile until you reach Waypoint004. This is the intersection of Little Horse and the Llama trails.
If you go straight (keeping on Little Horse) you can ride up to Chicken Point and connect with the Broken Arrow trail (recommended if you haven’t done this trail already). Taking a right puts you onto Llama trail.
Turn right and ride down Llama trail for about ¾ of a mile until you reach Waypoint005 and what’s called a slickrock bench. A short link trail off to the right gets you quickly back to the Bell Rock Pathway. Keep going straight and ride another ¾ of a mile to Waypoint006.
This is called a slickrock bowl. You ride down into a large portion of sunken slickrock. Ride across the bowl, the trail turns 90 degrees and can be hard to spot leading off to the right.
Soon you will enter and ride along a wash. I really liked this portion of the trail. At Waypoint007, you will intersect the Bell Rock Pathway. Note: if you access the Llama trail from this end, at the time of this writing, the trail has no marker here and is almost impossible to spot while riding the pathway. I’ve been by it many times and have never recognized the trail. It’s just a few feet north of one of the rock bridges.
Anyway, from here you can do all sort of things: turn around, go to Bell Rock, hit the Templeton trail or return back to the trailhead via the pathway. I choose to return to my truck via the pathway.
Most mountain bikers poo-poo the pathway. And they do have some valid points. It’s extremely easy and it can be crowded. But I like making the return trip on the pathway. It’s a whole lot smother than the other trails and since I’ve only got a hardtail, I’m using tired of getting beat up. And it’s FAST. Yes, you have to look out for hikers and other bikes, but there’s spots on the trail you can really haul butt. I find it fun after a couple of hours grinding through rocky trails in low gear.
Take Bell Rock Pathway north to the trailhead. On your way, you’ll pass over some another rock bridge Waypoint008 and go past the link trail back to Llama (Waypoint009). You’ll ride over a nice wooden bridge at Waypoint010 and pass the HT trail intersection on your left. This trail leads to Templeton trail.
At Waypoint011, there’s a short trail off to your right that will connect back to the Little Horse trail at Waypoint003. Continue riding along the Bell Rock Pathway until you reach the parking area.
Have fun and be safe!
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