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Midgley Bridge Loop (Jim Thompson Trail)

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No. of Reviews: 9

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Latitude
34.88329066372016
Longitude
-111.76730632781982
Trail Directions
Park at Bike & Bean, (get an expresso shot) Ride up Jordan Road, go left at "T". Head north out of cul de sac,follow signs to trail. Trail takes off to the right. Can't find it? Ask at Bike & Bean.
Trail Length
6.2 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Sedona
   


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Review Date
May 20, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: woahey ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This isn't really a loop but still a fun trail. Mostly easy with a few technical sections thrown in the mix. Great views but lots of sun exposure...there isn't much shade when you want it. Nice connector between Jordan Rd Trailhead and Huckaby Trailhead.

Recommended Route:
Huckaby to Jim Thompson to Jordan Rd and ride the road back. Or continue on Jordan Trail to any of the West Sedona trails.



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Review Date
April 18, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: slowrider ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Very fun, one of my two favorites in the Sedona area.

Recommended Route:
Park near the NY bagel and deli on Main and ride 89a to 179 and turn right until you cross Oak Creak then you turn left and go up to the parking area on the left to Huckabe. Go through the parking area and on to the trail. Follow it through a series of steep ups and downs including a couple drops until you get to the creak. Usually the creak has some planks across it to aid the crossing but they werent there on 4/13/05. After the crossing ride upstream along the bottom of the cliff until the trail becoms obvious on you're left. On the other side of the bridge the trail crosses the smaller creak a few times and then travels along the edge of the bluffs without long climbs or decents until the parking lot at the top of Soldier pass road. Ride that out to 89a where you parked

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Submarine rock to Chicken point is my other favorite especially when combined with Tempelton loop which is better as an out and back rather than a loop, it keeps you off the road. Coffee pot is also fun with some big drop options along the trail and can be added to the reviewed trail. All the area trails are easy with harder offshoots along the trail.



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Review Date
February 25, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: DC , from Mass

Summary:
Come prepared to endure some pain, and you will be fine.

Recommended Route:
I always start at the Park Ridge Road/Jim Thompson trail head and ride it back and forth to Schnebly Rd/Huckaby trail head--the goal is under 3 hrs ;-)
It's an "old guy" thang.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Broken Arrow/Morgan trail head--go up and over to 179 via Little Horse and back in under 2:30.



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Review Date
May 31, 2000

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ken , from Yucaipa, CA

Summary:
Fun trail, if you can handle the rocky section at the begining. It's supposed to connect you to the bridge, but I spent 20 minutes looking for the trail to take me there. It looks as if if it goes to the left once you reach the loop, but that portion of the trail has not been maintained. Looks as if Spring rains have washed a lot of the trail away and there are a lot of rocky sections. I got a flat on the way out from all of the pounding. That kind of sucked, because it was mostly downhill and I was having a blast. Took the Huckaby trail the next day and it was better trail...more technical then this one though.

Recommended Route:
From Jordan Rd. go past the gate about 300 feet and take the trail to your right. Everything is well marked, however, when you get to the loop that over looks the bridge, the trail down to the bridge is blocked off with some rocks. Could not find a way to connect to the trail below.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I also took the Jordan trail. You go left at the gate where the Park Service sign is at the end of Jordan Rd. It's a short loop, but really fun. It also can take you to Soldiers Pass and Boyton Pass trails.



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Review Date
February 27, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Cosmic Ray , from Flagstaff AZ

Summary:
The Bike & Bean has moved, so ignore the other reviewers' reference to them on this ride. Start on Schnebly Hill Road where the pavement ends. Head down Huckaby and then steeply back up along the cliffs above Oak Creek. Drop down to the creek via The Stairs of Death. Cross the creek and back up to Midgley Bridge. Head up Wilson Canyon to Jim Thompson Trail. Up and over Jim Thompson (formerly the Midgley Bridge Loop)and back down into town and back to start OR get off the loop and hit Jordan Trail to Soldiers Pass, Teacup Trail, Thunder Mountain Trail and on and on to Dry Creek and beyond. All single track. Fast, technical, twisting, turning, climbing, descending and perfect over that grippy red Sedona dirt.

Recommended Route:
Start at the Huckaby Trail Trailhead on Schnebly Hill Road where the pavement ends.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Too many to name. Get the book. Look up Mountain Biking Arizona on Amazon.com



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