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    Thursday in Flagstaff

    Getting out of Phoenix for a bit, I'm staying at the Flagstaff KOA and was looking to get a ride in on Thursday.
    Can any locals recommend a good route from the park? Maybe 20ish miles XC. Or does anyone want to ride? Thanks in advance.

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    Hook up with Fat Man's loop and then onto Forces of Nature Trail which will lead you to a smorgasbord of Flagstaff's finest trails. Fat Man's Loop is pretty much adjacent to KOA, super easy to get to from there. And then the rest is entirely up to you. You'll be able to ride as many miles as you wish from that point,

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    From the back of the KOA, take the connector towards Mt. Elden. From there, head west (left), and follow the trails towards Buffalo Park. There are numerous interconnecting trails between the "Pipeline" on your left, and Mt. Elden on your right. Generally speaking, stay north of the Pipeline (keep it on your left), and stuff gets steeper, and harder the closer you get towards the mountain. There are few signs in this area, but if you keep the mountain on your right, you can't get too lost. Head towards Lower Oldham, passing the first crossing and continue west towards "Easy Oldham" Hang a right and climb/head west towards Elden Lookout Rd. Connect with Rocky Ridge trail, still heading west, and a little north, head R on Schultz Creek Trail, R again onto Little Gnarly, and climb until you reach the tank at the top of the Dry Lake Hills. Take in the fine greenery, savor the moment, and the end of the bulk of the days climbing. Find your way across the meadow to the Lower Brookbank trail, and head down. Cross Elden Lookout Road and hook back up with Lower Oldham trails, then return towards the KOA.

    That should be about 20 miles. Probably a good 3-4 hour ride, and it uses mostly signed, system trails; minimizing the liklihood of getting lost.

    Ohhh, and head out early. Your chances of getting soaked and struck by lightning are substantially less if you get off the trails by 11/12am. That is summer in Flagstaff!

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    Right on! Thanks guys. Pitch, approx how many feet of climbing would you say on your route?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssamplin
    Right on! Thanks guys. Pitch, approx how many feet of climbing would you say on your route?
    Elevation change is probably ~1,300ft, so with the ups and downs, I'd guess 2100 ft or so.

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