Diamondback Gulch aka Greasy Spoon

Sedona, Arizona (Yavapai County)

Last Updated: 07/13/2020
4.6 / 5 ( 8 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 6.24 miles
Highest Elevation: 4460 feet
Duration: About 2 hours, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: South
Nearest Town: Sedona
Nearest Town w/ Services: Sedona
Official Road Name: 9513, 152A
Management Agency: Coconino National Forest
District: Red Rock District
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Highlights

Highlight: Diamondback Gulch aka Greasy Spoon
Diamondback Gulch off-road trail is just outside of Sedona and his hidden among the beautiful red rocks of the magical Red Rock Secret Mountain Wildnerness bordering on the north. It isn't just any old boring dirt road; this is an exciting, although slow speed rollercoaster ride of a four-wheel-drive off-road trail. Scenic gives way to fun when you dip into the gulch that the trail is aptly named after. You will experience challenges from small ledges to large rocks, and small washes to massively deep ones. While the rollercoaster type hills provide a bit of anticipation as you survey them with your eyes, it's driving them that will make you want to come back and do it again.

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Route Information

Technical Rating:
(MODERATE )

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Waypoints

1. Northern Trailhead at Boynton Pass Road (0 mi)
From Boynton Road, turn south into the large air-down area. There is plenty of room here to either air-down or air-up.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.886048, -111.893429

Starting Point: Sedona, Arizona, Highway 89A and 179.

Head west on Highway 89A, turn right / north onto FR 152 / Dry Creek Road. Head north for almost 3 miles until you come to a T-intersection. Turn left / west and continue straight for about 4.5 miles to another T-intersection. Turn left / west again and continue straight on the dirt road for about 7.6 miles passing all side-roads until you reach FR 152A. Turn left / south onto the trail. You can also take the trail backward by going north on FR 525 / Loy Butte Road to a Y-intersection 2.8 miles north of 89A. Stay to the right/east and the southern trailhead will be just down the road on the right.

Camping

Not allowed

Trail Reviews (10)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Cool trail, wasn't hard at all. It did have a cool wash spot which I really like. More or less I would enter from the southside and just stay in that area. I would turn around at the wash and then head back.

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Status: Open
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What a fun trail! Just a little bit of everything to keep it interesting. Awesome scenery, some technical obstacles, and some great places to take a quick break in the shade and enjoy some lunch. We saw a few pink jeeps and some RZRs, but traffic was not too bad while we were out there.

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Status: Open
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This was my favorite trail in the area. We ran it late in the day and saw absolutely no one. The hills were really fun and the views of The Cockscomb was pretty spectacular with the late day sun hitting it. I would do it again.

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Status: Open
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Going down and back out of the deep canyon of waypoint 8 was a highlight of the trail. Nothing too difficult for a modified 4x4 or even some stockers with decent ground clearance. A guy with a stock 4-door JK Wrangler Sport decided to turn around and not attempt the decent and climb at waypoint 8 due to his long wheelbase, minimal ground clearance and stock tires.

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Status: Open
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This was a fun relaxing trail. Our club ran this after visiting the Indian Ruins and completing Outlaw Trail. First let me say this, I am in no way saying this is a 2wd trail. But the "difficult" rating should be removed. Up until Way point 6 Yes we were all in 2wd. Including the Stock Bronco 2. After Way point 6 the decision to drop into 4wd was for control on the descent of the hills. Now let me make it clear if it was or just had rained way points 6, 7, 8, and 10 would be interesting and a challenge for the novice off road enthusiast. Since the last review 8/24/19 the area must have gotten considerable rain, being there is no mention of trail conditions. The Forest Service or someone has came through and graded the roller coaster section. Way point 7 does not look like the pictures now. It is a lot smoother. At way point 8 the rain has washed out the trail. It has since been some what filled in and a orange barrier fence has been installed to help keep vehicles away from that edge. (as seen in the video) At way point 10 the rain has certainly made the steps/shelfs on this section a little more defined, We ran that side of the trail for a little more challenging ascent. Overall a fun back country adventure for most stock 4wd vehicles with good tires.

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Status: Open
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Ran this trail after Broken Arrow. Fun trail with some technical sections. Hit the trailhead around 9:00 AM and we were the only ones on it.

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Status: Open
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We ran this trail also known as, Diomanback Gulch OHV Trail, after touring the Palatki Heritage site , on a day that was unseasonably cool and windy that helped to keep the traffic down. Often there are many rental SXSs and tour Jeeps. This day we had the trail mostly to ourselves. The big perception totals this year have the area green and in an incredible bloom this year! We have visited Sedona this week in May for many years and haven't seen the bloom like this. If you are contemplating trying this trail this month, I highly recommend it! Pack a lunch and combine this trail with first visiting the Honaki Heritage site and running Outlaw to make fairly full day. The trail is in good shape and the GPX track is spot on.

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Status: Open
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I ran this trail after completing Outlaw Trail. Highly recommend doing both if you are in the area. Both trails are very easy to find (from the GPS provided on this sight) and fun to navigate. You can run this trail forward or backward. I did this trail the way it is listed here. Accessing it from the Boynton Pass rd. You will see a sign reading Diamond Back Gulch- which is the same trail as the greasy spoon listed here. Not sure why it is referred to as greasy spoon, as you will follow markings for Diamond Back Gulch the entire time. The trail can be accessed off of Forest road 525, which would be waypoint 13 on the map. Once again, there will be a sign reading Diamond Back Gulch OHV route. I really enjoyed the trail. It was my first time doing it. Be aware, on a busy day there will be a lot of other Jeeps, or rentals and Pink Jeep tours. Though most of the trail is scenic and easy trail riding, the few climbs and descents give this trail its moderate rating. Two come into mind, that would require climbing multiple ledges. In my opinion higher clearance and bigger tires are a must, but an armored stock vehicle could make it through with the right driver. Will stay in 4hi- most of the time, but 4lo will be activated on some portions. If you have never done this trail, do it if you're in the area. I like to provide my vehicle specs as I believe it helps others compare and prepare for a possible trip. 15 Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4in lift with 35in tires Rock sliders Open diff- stock axles

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Status: Open
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Clear trail with lots of work being done to keep it clean. Brush and debris spread in off limits area, so the Forest Service will let it stay open. Passed about 6 Pink Jeeps going the opposite direction.

Questions & Answers (3)

Q: How do I download GPx file on an iPad ? I press the button but nothing seems to happen and I cannot find it. Can GPx file be used with GAIA app?
–james (05/18/2019)
–james (05/19/2019)
–Chuck Brinkley (05/19/2019)
Q: If I've done Broken Arrow, Soldier Pass and Schnebley Hill solo, would this be just as easy? Lifted FJ with 33's. Did prior trails stock on 33's .
–Blind Willy (12/20/2018)
–Blind Willy (12/21/2018)
–S.J. Hollist (12/21/2018)
Q: Is this the same trail as Diamondback Gulch?
–Hawk Miller (11/17/2016)
–S.J. Hollist (11/19/2016)

Writer Information

Todd

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Todd is an avid wheeler who loves to explore new trails whenever and wherever he can. They say necessity is the mother of all invention and that holds true for Todd. His want and desire to find passable trails and new nooks and crannies of the Great American West to explore were his reasons behind starting Trailsoffroad.com. On any given weekend you can find Todd on some obscure 4x4 trail or using his legs to hike to an alpine lake.
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