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    New question here. Arizona Camping?

    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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    Nearby to where?
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    Arizona is kinda big. Can OP clarify?

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    What kind of trails?
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    Quote Originally Posted by woahey View Post
    Nearby to where?

    Camping near trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    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?

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    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.

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    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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    Guess I deserve the ridicule. ha!

    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!!

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    Williams area is nice for moderate riding as well as fishing.
    Blue ridge area is nice for both too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by owtdorz View Post
    Williams area is nice for moderate riding as well as fishing.
    Blue ridge area is nice for both too.
    That reminds me, I need to learn how to fly fish trout. I can slay bluegill like a boss, but all the "up north" lakes are nothing but trout.

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    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.

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    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...
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    Quote Originally Posted by owtdorz View Post
    Williams area is nice for moderate riding as well as fishing.
    Blue ridge area is nice for both too.

    What trails in Williams do you suggest? Never rode just hiked up there, like 7 years ago. Know of anything in Parks as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rideaz View Post
    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:
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtbAZ44 View Post
    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...
    I would LOVE to get my hands on some GPS tracks of some of these rides

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtbAZ44 View Post
    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...
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freeskier46 View Post
    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.
    Use these two maps.
    http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_...rdb5364171.pdf
    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.
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    Thanks Brian, that should help out a lot. I'll shoot you my loop/route when I get done drawing / splicing tracks together.
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    Ditto. Thanks

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    Arizona Camping?

    Is the Blue Ridge section of AZT, south of the Happy Jack section, good for trail riding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott In MD View Post
    Is the Blue Ridge section of AZT, south of the Happy Jack section, good for trail riding?
    looks like John (freeskier) would know...
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