I know this topic has probably been beaten to death but where is a good solid place for camping with trails nearby?
Not just designated camping sites, but places off the path you've been.
Pictures and directions or even coordinates would be cool to have!
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Originally Posted by woahey
Camping near trails.
Oh, okay. I know what you're saying. Just go down that one road. When it branches, take the right. Follow that for a ways, and when you see the one tree on the left, you're there. There's a trail a little further down. Take that until you're back where you started. Clear?
Originally Posted by Phillbo
There are several current threads that discuss this very matter.
It's pretty simple,
1. Find where you want to ride
2. Usually you can camp wherever.
For example. - Mt. Elden or White Mountains - Los Burros trail area or BCT.
The best coordinates are: 4WD
Prescott Alto Pit
North Rim Grand Canyon
Fort Tutt Hill
All places you can ride from your tent and be at trail in less than a mile.
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I heard a rumor that you could camp / ride up on the Mogollon Rim??? Some kind of Cabin Loop trails?? Hmmmm.
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Soo, camping in the Flagstaff or Red Rock District close to fishing (not a priority) and trails that would be good to ease my wife into riding, and possibly transition her into wanting to do some bikepacking. Mostly just want to get out of the desert it's too hot.
I've got a parks pass if that helps. I'd prefer to not have to pay for a campsite, parking, etc etc.
Just looking for suggestions, I draw a blank when I think of where to go, but I gotta figure it out, because I actually get a weekend off next week!!
Williams area is nice for moderate riding as well as fishing.
Blue ridge area is nice for both too.
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Originally Posted by owtdorz
White Spar campground in Preskitt. Ride from campsite to Goldwater lake and other options. Also,Wolverton Tr across White Spar rd. Easy-intermediate trails in 5-6k elev cool forest.
My favorite area for beginner type riding along with fising in high elevations would be the mormon lake/ long lake/ blue ridge/ clints well area.
Long lake, blue ridge reservoir, kinnikinick, mormon lake, ashurst lake, and lake mary.
I especially love the road that connects Kinnikinick and long lakes. Very scenic. The Arizona trail also goes through this area...
Originally Posted by owtdorz
What trails in Williams do you suggest? Never rode just hiked up there, like 7 years ago. Know of anything in Parks as well?
Two very good loops:
Originally Posted by rideaz
Up Benham Trail down Bill Williams National Recreation Trail. Bunch of pavement to connect but worth it. Lots of climbing.
Sycamore Rim Trail. I can not make up my mind clockwise or counter clockwise is better. Either way very nice. Not much climbing but very rocky sections.
Do you have these in GPX format?? Like mtbdennis, I'd like to see what you have, it may help me put together I nice loop up there. I want to bikepack the Happy Jack passage of AZT, but would prefer to not do an OnB if other options are nearby. That's my missing link of AZT from the Mogollon Rim up to the Moqui Stage Station. Thanks.
Originally Posted by MtbAZ44
Use these two maps.
Originally Posted by freeskier46
Coconino National Forest - Arizona Trail Happy Jack Segment
Sorry I don't have any gpx files. But a recommended route would be.
You can start anywhere on the loop but lets assume you start at Kinnikinick CG.
Kinnikinick south on 82 (I love this road!) down to Long lake.
Stay on 82 past Long lake to the junction with the Arizona trail.
Take the Arizona Trail north all the way alomst to Lake Mary Road until you get to 92
Take 92 to 683 to 124H to 124 back to Kinnikinick (see first map)
I have never done the full length of this AZT segment. So I cannot speak for it. I did about halfway up north from 82.
The rest of the fire roads are all good traveling and some have rocky sections to give you some challenge. I think 124H may be muddy in the monsoons. If its muddy, its better to stay on the more traveled roads.
You can bypass 124h by taking Lake Mary Road (1/4 mile) -- 725 -- 124. I do know 124 is well traveled all the way through and will not be messy.
Also, I do know that 82 does not get messy with rain.
Thanks Brian, that should help out a lot. I'll shoot you my loop/route when I get done drawing / splicing tracks together.
Is the Blue Ridge section of AZT, south of the Happy Jack section, good for trail riding?
looks like John (freeskier) would know...
Originally Posted by Scott In MD
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