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    RR: Whitford Canyon Loop

    Arturo and I were pleasantly surprised by the AZT through the Whitford Canyon area. We finished off the ride we started 2 weeks ago, completing a 18.5 mile loop on a combo of forest road (FR650) & AZT. Add this one to your ride list!! It was very comfortable temperature wise too, 66 at the start!! Relaxed pace this loop is about 3-4 hours.

    Here's the full ride recap: Whitford Canyon Loop

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    FR650


    Break time


    Had a BCT feel to it


    Makes you feel insignificant


    Thanks for the snap Arturo.


    AZT & FR650 crossing.


    Whitford Canyon


    Nicely graded climbs


    Taking in the views. Photo by Arturo.


    Near US60 underpass.


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    Nice...
    John, maybe we need a AES race out there to replace the BCT one. Maybe an A loop that does a loop south and north of the highway, then a B loop that just does one side?
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    That's a cool loop, I did an O&B along the canyon a few years ago, it's a nice ride. Glad you beat the heat this time, well done!

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    RR: Whitford Canyon Loop

    Quote Originally Posted by Raybum View Post
    Nice...
    John, maybe we need a AES race out there to replace the BCT one. Maybe an A loop that does a loop south and north of the highway, then a B loop that just does one side?
    Me likey. Sounds like a nice loop for sure.

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    That sounds doable. The two options could be this:

    1. PP North via FR650 to the top of Montana Mtn, AZT back down to RR tracks, take Legends of Superior trail out to Telegraph Canyon (FR4) follow that south to the AZT junction, hang a right onto AZT for the 7 mile finish to the trailhead. Guesstimate: 54 miles??

    2. Start the same as option 1, but continue on FR4 and experience the 4x4 extravaganza of Orphan Boy / Box Canyon down to the Gila. Return via AZT to the trailhead. That sounds like your kind of suffering!! ~80-ish miles???

    I'll have to mess around with some tracks in TF for a better idea of how realistic it would be. We just need a good catclaw clearing workday on Montana Mtn. That stuff was wicked up there a couple weeks ago, not so much on the Whitford Canyon section.
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    Looks like damn good stuff!
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    Wow. This thread went from RR to another grueling AES race in under 3 hours.

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    Grueling? Na, just another day on the bike pedaling around the desert.
    John, option 1 and 2 look good... keep the short option for the sane.
    oh, and maybe call it the Picket Post Punisher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raybum View Post
    Grueling? Na, just another day on the bike pedaling around the desert.
    John, option 1 and 2 look good... keep the short option for the sane.
    oh, and maybe call it the Picket Post Punisher.
    Hellz ya.

    And sign me up for #1. Cause that one looks like fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freeskier46 View Post
    I'll have to mess around with some tracks in TF for a better idea of how realistic it would be. We just need a good catclaw clearing workday on Montana Mtn. That stuff was wicked up there a couple weeks ago, not so much on the Whitford Canyon section.
    Hey John, I sent an email to the segment stewards to the surrounding segments (Whitford and the section north of the wilderness boundary) and they responded saying that they will set up for some trail clearing this fall. Since the Reavis Canyon segment doesn't have a steward, they know it's been in some bad shape but they haven't had any reports from anyone until now. I told them to let me know when they plan to do a work date and maybe we can assemble a crew for some trail maintenance. Shuttle to the top and work our way down clearing trail on the bikes.

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    That's great news, let's do it!! Thanks for making the call. We'll just have to make sure it's done before Nov. 2nd.....
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    Man, this is for realz now. It's up on the AES website.
    Is it possible to move start point to just North of US 60 where the loops meet? Maybe there is some parking up there? It would be nice to do one loop and stop at the car to refill on water. Then proceed to the next loop on the other side of the highway with a full tank.

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    I guess the beans are spilled now!! See, less than 5 days and it's 'official'. We'll probably just do a water drop over there.
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