On Sunday, May 13th a group of local mountain bikers met up with SMBC representatives to take a look at a user-created MTB trail known as Hangover Trail. The SMBC put out a request for community feedback, and created several avenues for the general MTB community to provide input in anticipation of the USFS walk of this trail on Friday, May 18th. Representatives from the SMBC will attend the USFS walk on behalf of membership who are unable to participate due to the timing conflicting with the traditional work day for your average person.
The SMBC continues to request input via several methods to include; online comments via MTBR, submission of comments via our e-mail and comments open on the SMBC website, as well as the trail visit on May 13th. While we are still gathering input, a few things have become clear. There is overwhelming support within the MTB community to both adopt the trail into the FS trail system and to simultaneously preserve the advanced technical nature of the trail. We are hearing from the MTB community that these things are two sides of the same coin, both desirable, neither at the exclusion of the other.
The well built construction of Hangover Trail is in evidence as it has been in existence for close to a decade without a lot of maintenance along the way. A few areas were noted with small issues, but as compared to many other trails, its durability should be noted. Trails such as Hangover are considered by many in the local MTB community to be crown jewels within the system. This is the type of trails that serves to distinguish Sedona as a riding destination for the advanced rider, and helps us to surpass other locations throughout the US with a distinctive experience. While visiting the trail on Sunday, we ran into visiting mountain bikers who’s had travelled to Sedona specifically to ride Hangover. They indicated that it was billed as the “must ride” experience by others who have been here, and “not to be missed”. When we asked if Hangover had lived up to its description, and the answer was an unqualified “yes”. Their comments, while positive, were not as strong about other trails they had ridden during their multiple day visit to Sedona.
We ask that you continue to send us feedback, so that we can best represent the needs of our local MTB community. Comments are open on this post