Teacup Trail to the Cockscomb West Sedona

Sedona, Arizona

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Tourists often don’t see west Sedona, the city and natural formations that lie west of the intersection of at the center of town. While tourists swarm like locusts to Oak Creek and east Sedona, west Sedona attractions like Boynton Canyon, the western end of Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness, and the Cockscomb remain relatively unvisited. West Sedona’s under-use may not last long, because many of the city’s newest and most extravagant houses are popping up along Dry Creek Road and points west. Consequently, trails frequently change as new houses come in and fence off their personal piece of the desert. The rock formations in this part of town become progressively less red as you head west toward the Cockscomb, as the distinctive red layers of the Supai Formation give way to gray layers of Coconino Sandstone and Kaibab Limestone. Secret Mountain dominates the landscape, rising quickly from the desert and creating a border between the city and the wilderness. The plant life in this area, known as Grasshopper Flat, is generally juniper and piñon pine—low, scrubby, and not a lot of cover from the sun. Trail Surface: A mix of singletrack over dirt and slickrock, dirt roads, and old doubletrack. There are also numerous opportunities to bail out onto pavement.

Teacup Trail to the Cockscomb (West Sedona) Professional Review and Guide

"Tourists often don’t see west Sedona, the city and natural formations that lie west of the intersection of at the center of town. While tourists swarm like locusts to Oak Creek and east Sedona, west Sedona attractions like Boynton Canyon, the western end of Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness, and the Cockscomb remain relatively unvisited. West Sedona’s under-use may not last long, because many of the city’s newest and most extravagant houses are popping up along Dry Creek Road and points west. Consequently, trails frequently change as new houses come in and fence off their personal piece of the desert.

The rock formations in this part of town become progressively less red as you head west toward the Cockscomb, as the distinctive red layers of the Supai Formation give way to gray layers of Coconino Sandstone and Kaibab Limestone. Secret Mountain dominates the landscape, rising quickly from the desert and creating a border between the city and the wilderness. The plant life in this area, known as Grasshopper Flat, is generally juniper and piñon pine—low, scrubby, and not a lot of cover from the sun. Trail Surface: A mix of singletrack over dirt and slickrock, dirt roads, and old doubletrack. There are also numerous opportunities to bail out onto pavement."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Sedona
Trail Type: Several options
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 1 - 5 hours
Season: Year-round; summers get hot
Trailhead Elevation: 4,420 feet
Top Elevation: 4,700 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Page Springs, Sedona, Wilson Mountain, Loy Butte
Driving Directions: Directions to Teacup Trail to the Cockscomb (West Sedona)

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