Sedona  Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling






Sedona

AZ, USA

Gorgeous, unique and colorful rock formations along this ride.

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wind:
1.9 mph E with gusts up to 11 mph

rain:
0% chance of light rainfall

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Thu

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90° 56°

Fri

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89° 60°

Sat

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84° 56°

Sun

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77° 45°

Mon

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79° 53°

Tue

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85° 53°

Wed

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90° 55°

Climb Summary


Cycling Sedona and Hwy 89A - aerial drone photo of Baby Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte 

Baby Bell Rock (left center) and Courthouse Butte (right center)

WOW - what an exceptionally scenic ride!  If you are in the Sedona area with a bicycle, this is a must do, at least from the start at the Red Rock Scenic Biway to Sedona where there is a nice bike lane along the way.  The 14 miles north of Sedona to Oak Creek Viewpoint is along Hwy 89A which has no shoulder and has moderate to heavy traffic.

We recommend doing this ride Sunday morning at dawn.

Bike climb Sedona and Hwy 89A - Red Rock Scenic Byway sign. 

Our start.

We started the “ride” (i really doesn’t become a true “climb” until the last 3 miles) south of Sedona and Village of Oak Creek because the red rock formations of the area are quite visible for the first 10 miles to Sedano.  Thus, despite the first 10 mile segment averaging a nearly flat .9%, it is well worth beginning this one at the earlier start point.

Bicycle ride Sedona and Hwy 89A - Courthouse Butte between Village of Oak Creek and Sedona 

Courthouse Butte on the right -

Photo taken at mile 5.7 between Village of Oak Creek and Sedona.

We rode this beautiful route 2 years ago and are creating this summary from memory.  

The climb begins just north of the intersection of Interstate 17 and Hwy 179 (11 miles south of Sedona).  As we travel through Village of Oak Creek and Sedona we are in sight of gorgeous red rock formations.

Climbing Sedona and Hwy 89A by bike - Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock

Aerial view south midway between Village of Oak Creek and Sedona.

 We travel through a canyon following Oak Creek for many miles and have many extremely scenic Arizona-style red rock formations along the way.  

Bicycling Sedona and Hwy 89A - Oak Creek

Cycling Sedona and Hwy 89A - Oak Creek at Slide Rock State Park.

We travel through a tight canyon from Sedona to the finish.

    Cycling Sedona and Hwy 89A - Sterling Canyon past Slide Rock - aerial drone photo

Cycling Sedona and Hwy 89A - Sterling Canyon aerial drone photo

At mile 25 we begin a set of 4 exceptional switchbacks that give us a fantastic view back down Sterling Canyon.  

Cycling Sedona and Hwy 89A - hairpins near Oak Creek Scenic Viewpoint - aerial drone photo - mountains near flagstaff in background

Cycling  Sedona and Hwy 89A - view south towards Sedona of Sterling Canyon - aerial drone photo

Aerial view back towards Sedona from hairpins.


We finish our climb at Oak Creek Viewpoint.

Cycling Sedona and Hwy 89A - Oak Creek Viewpoint - native american crafts and jewelry

Oak Creek Viewpoint

Native American crafts and jewelry.

Suffice it to say that this is a beautiful ride, albeit along a moderately busy highway, through classic Arizona surroundings and scenery.