Results 1 to 13 of 13
  1. #1
    Powered by ice cream.
    Reputation: Enel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    6,263

    New Prescott Loop

    Thanks to the motorcyclists and their new trail, there is finally a way up from the valley floor back to the Alto area. I've done the blue marked ride 3 times now and it is a hoot.

    Great technical descent followed by about an hour of non-technical climbing back up.

    The beauty of this is that it allows more exploring west of Granite mountain on some of the more technical trails Prescott has to offer. You could also combine it with a trip down 40 into Granite Basin, and back up through the Alto area for some mega climbing in the Granite Basin area. It would sort of make a figure eight. The trails are narrow and the descent (after the initial climb up 37) is extremely technical and loose in a few sections.

    Beware of taking 37 out and then back on 37 because the climb out is an extremely steep, hike a bike fest. Not fun IMO.



    Most riders should plan about 3 hours for the above ride. With no mechanicals and great fitness, you could do it in 2:15

    Oh yeah, start at Little Granite trailhead and do the loop counter-clockwise.

  2. #2
    wrecking crew
    Reputation: su.ling~'s Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    1,402
    Nice! New loops are exciting! We'll have to get up there when it warms up down here.
    ~~~

  3. #3
    oldschool
    Reputation: AzSteel's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    15
    Looks like a fun loop. I have done parts of this route. The climb back up looks like it is the power line access trail. Have seen this trail and have wanted to try it. May give it a go this weekend..
    Steel Fanatic
    Marin Pine Mountain
    Surly Crosscheck
    Landshark Roadshark
    Jams XAM1.0

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation: helimech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    1,759
    Quote Originally Posted by su.ling~
    Nice! New loops are exciting! We'll have to get up there when it warms up down here.
    Hey Su let me know when you come up to do this trail. You and AKA are welcome to stay the night in the spare bedroom. I live right down the street from the 37 trailhead . Later, some shuttle action on mingus mtn. tomorrow.
    JRA

  5. #5
    wrecking crew
    Reputation: su.ling~'s Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    1,402
    Quote Originally Posted by helimech
    Hey Su let me know when you come up to do this trail. You and AKA are welcome to stay the night in the spare bedroom. I live right down the street from the 37 trailhead . Later, some shuttle action on mingus mtn. tomorrow.
    Sweet! You are the man! Thanks for the invite...we may just have to do that sometime in the near future. T37 is a cool entrance to the Granite Mtn Area...nothing like climbing right off the bat! What's Mingus Mtn like? My dad used to jump off Mingus in his hang glider. Jeff's jonesin' to go there already...

    Hey, you missed a fantastic Alta ride this past Sunday. It's like a mini-GC with plenty o' wicked dh after some equally wicked climbs. Lots of exposure and off-camber rock sections...you know, all the stuff you like. Next time...If you haven't been, you'll love it!
    ~~~

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation: helimech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    1,759
    Quote Originally Posted by su.ling~
    Sweet! You are the man! Thanks for the invite...
    Hey, you missed a fantastic Alta ride this past Sunday. It's like a mini-GC with plenty o' wicked dh after some equally wicked climbs. Lots of exposure and off-camber rock sections...you know, all the stuff you like. Next time...If you haven't been, you'll love it!
    Anytime Su!!! I'm taking my 4 year old to trail 37 for some Dhill runs on his big wheel this morning than to mingus in the afternoon.
    Ya, some day I want to try out Alta that looks way fun
    I'll clue you guys in on mingus someday. Later.
    JRA

  7. #7
    wrecking crew
    Reputation: su.ling~'s Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    1,402
    Quote Originally Posted by helimech
    Anytime Su!!! I'm taking my 4 year old to trail 37 for some Dhill runs on his big wheel this morning than to mingus in the afternoon.
    Ya, some day I want to try out Alta that looks way fun
    I'll clue you guys in on mingus someday. Later.
    Your 4 yr old will have a big grin on his face I'm sure. Have a great time out there today.
    ~~~

  8. #8
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    1,382
    Where does this trail start, could not view the entire map??

  9. #9
    mtbr member
    Reputation: helimech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    1,759
    Go down ironsprings rd and past the alta off road riding area, go about 1 more mile on ironsprings rd. When you get over the ridge and your heading down the backside of the mnt, trail 37 is on the right side at a dirt parking lot with a fence.
    JRA

  10. #10
    Powered by ice cream.
    Reputation: Enel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    6,263
    Here are links to the maps that I pieced together to draw the above:

    http://sharlot.org/archives/maps/tra...ott/tn2w3.html

    http://sharlot.org/archives/maps/tra...ott/tn2w4.html

    The only tricky part is where 38 ends, it turns into a two track jeep road. Go left and stay on the main road. You will then need to make a 270 degree turn left immediately when you hit Contreras road. You cannot miss Contreras because it is a very nice graded dirt road. You should not really have to ride on it at all before turning around and starting your ascent. You will know you are on the right trail when you go over a quad cattle gate onto the quad/moto trail.

    If you get lost, you can take Contreras out to Iron springs and take the road up the hill....which sucks, but is faster.

  11. #11
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    1,382
    I am also a Dirt bike rider and heard of the new trail that allows this hookup, looks like a super loop. As I am in PV, it is close as well. Know anything about trails up at the top of Copper Basin road by the lookout, going to ride those today!

  12. #12
    Master Gardener
    Reputation: Velokid1's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    1,197
    We should go offroad sometime, tls36. I have an old 97 XR400 that I like to go beat up. I live right at the bottom of Copper Basin Rd, but the bike's been sitting all winter, so I probably won't get around to starting it up for another couple weeks.

  13. #13
    wrecking crew
    Reputation: su.ling~'s Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    1,402
    My KX250 needs a bit of work before it comes out of the garage... Poor bike isn't getting any love with all the mtn biking recently!
    ~~~

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •