Join us for an intro to bikepacking on the Lime Kiln Trail.
Leaving from FR493/Mingus Avenue in Cottonwood, we will wind through town before checking our gear and hopping on to the Lime Kiln Trail in Dead Horse Ranch State Park. The Lime Kiln trail is an old connector between Cottonwood and Sedona. We will make camp approximately 12 miles from our start, at one of the last hilltops with a view of the Sedona red rock.
This trail is a little technical at the start, so be prepared to push a loaded bike through a couple obstacles. Once through the park, the trail gets pretty sandy, or you can choose to take the doubletrack. With the sand comes the Goatheads. Be prepared with fresh sealant in your tires or tubes.
After leaving Cottonwood, there are no water refills. Bring extra water. This trip is 100% self supported. You must bring your own food, water, and sleeping gear. A suggested list of gear will be provided.
The Lime Kiln trail is marked with cairns, but a GPX will be provided as a back up. This is a no drop ride. We are keeping this ride short so that everyone can test out their equipment.
You do not need everything on this list, as long as your friends have some to spare, but you do need to know your food and water needs. Bring extra, just in case. https://docs.google.com/…/198XPhhojqL5bPjbQE088hnzFW-…/edit…
This isn’t exactly where we’ll start, it may be a bit further down the road, just after it turns to gravel. No high clearance vehicle necessary.
GPX File here: https://drive.google.com/…/0B5ARVtJLj33SczRLbEh1T01Ld…/view…
Lime Kiln Overnighter
To everyone planning to go on this ride:
Please top of your tire sealant before heading out. There are lots of goatheads in this area and patches/tubes can only do so much. If you are running tubes, I STRONGLY suggest, no, it is MANDATORY you add sealant to your tubes. See video here, you will need a valve core remover, sealant, and a way to squeeze the sealant in to the valve. A small bottle of Stan’s Sealant in each wheel should be enough for this trip, but I would bring …an extra. I will bring extra if anyone needs it but please plan ahead.
This is a self supported, no drop ride. There are no bathrooms, no services, no creeks, and no caches at the campsite. Plan on around two hours of riding, before we get to camp. Three liters of water, plus extra beverages if you so choose. BYOB if you please, but you will need to pack out all garbage. If you are making coffee or other food, you will need additional water for those things too.
We will be passing by the Maverick Station in Cottonwood, if you need to grab any last minute items. This is a typical, endurance bikepacking type stop, sometimes you may ride a day or more with only a single gas station where you can refill. This gas station happens to be the last one before an 80 mile, no service, stretch of the Coconino 250.