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    New question here. Navajo Trail beta?? Another bikepacking loop: Oct. 19-20

    Anyone ever ride the Navajo Trail? It's located on the Kaibab plateau spanning a distance of 12 miles. It bisects Passage # 42 of the AZT. Here's an image of a trailhead sign.

    It shows on the new map layer of Topofusion (Juicy Trails) and I've incorporated it into an upcoming bikepacking loop I want to do in October. (Passages 42 & 43 of the AZT + Navajo Trail + forest roads for a 75 mile figure 8 loop). Here's the GPX. (AZT_PSG42-43_Loop.gpx)

    There is a bit of history with this trail:
    "The Navajo Trail is an old Indian and sheepherding trail. In 1871, John D. Lee traversed the Buckskin Mountain (Kaibab Plateau) by way of a "well-used" horsepath; he is believed to be the first Anglo to use what is now called the Navajo Trail.

    The trail traverses the scenic pinyon and juniper forests of House Rock Valley and the oak and pine of the Kaibab Plateau. It overlooks the Paria Plateau and its unique wind and watersculpted red rock formations.

    This is a connecting trailhead with the Kaibab Plateau Trail (part of the Arizona Trail). The Navajo Trail continues west from Joe's Reservoir, across the plateau to the Forest boundary."

    The trail is visible on aerial views too. I'm intrigued.

    I'm hoping to do this loop over the weekend of October 19-20, (weekend after the Coco250) starting at Stateline campground & heading south on House Rock Valley rd first, then Navajo Trail and onto Jacob Lake to camp out & re-supply. The second day would be relatively short/quick on the AZT.

    I'll probably drive up to Stateline CG on Friday the 18th and start riding shortly after sunrise.

    Post up if you are interested or have any info on the Navajo Trail.
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    I just took a peek and it looks pretty cool. Is that the same Navajo Trail that goes through Bryce Canyon?

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    Based on what little info I've come across, it appears to be contained to the Kaibab Plateau, 12 miles total.
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    Sounds cool freeskier46. Thanks for your time today on the coco250 too.

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    Damn! I'm going to have to miss out on this one. I'm going to be doing my Zion trip. Let me know if you end up changing the weekend.

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    Ohhh interesting. Never heard of that trail.

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    Today's the day, heading north in a few hours. Really looking forward to this one.

    Navajo Trail beta?? Another bikepacking loop: Oct. 19-20-42-43map.jpg
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    Knowing a little of the geology out there, there is a risk of sand. Wear big tires.

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    I've ridden a lot of the AZ Trail up there - bring water. Plenty of it.
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    Freeskier: Can you pls post pics and comments after you successfully do the ride.
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    What an amazing weekend. This route really exceeded my expectations. Full ride report coming with a ton of pics, I took over 200. The first day was a bit tougher than I anticipated, a few HAB's up/down after that first biggie coupled with some route finding issues made for some slow going. GPS is mandatory on the Navajo Trail, I'd say 95% of it was easy to follow, but the other 5% were wtf moments. We were surprised to find some great pieces of singletrack up there too. Then there was the AZT passages 42/43, wow, what a blast. 30 miles of almost all level or downhill singletrack, yeah it was that good. I'd definitely do this one again.
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    Sounds awesome, glad it worked out well.

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    Great area! Glad you had a good time. Riding up here is amazing
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    Sounds like you had an awesome time John! Can't wait to see the post and pics. I would have gone if it weren't for my Zion trip (which was amazing I might add).

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