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    Two months left in AZ- what rides?

    Sadly, i am being moved back to the midwest in August. Ive hit south mountain, sedona, gold canyon, flagstaff on a tegular basis since i moved to AZ. If you had two months left, what in the area would you make sure to hit?

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    If you are up for an epic ride, perhaps the Lemmon Drop in Tucson.

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    Is she listed on trailforks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jl84 View Post
    Is she listed on trailforks?
    www.trailforks.com/trails/old-man

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    Pinals, Bill Williams, White Mountains, Circle Trail...
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    Rainbow Rim....and then Gooseberry Mesa/Hurricane, UT area while you're out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jl84 View Post
    Sadly, i am being moved back to the midwest in August. Ive hit south mountain, sedona, gold canyon, flagstaff on a tegular basis since i moved to AZ. If you had two months left, what in the area would you make sure to hit?
    Hawes Loop in Mesa and Los Burros in Show Low are two must rides before you leave.

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    What type of riding do you like to do, and how long can you ride?

    Hawes - Without a doubt. 2-3 hour ride in the morning.
    Prescott - Depends what kind of riding you like. Lots of options.
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    50 Year Trail in N Tucson - Might be hot. Early morning
    Picket Post - Too hot. Maybe do an ONB
    Pinal Six Shooter Shuttles - Getting warm. Need a group

    The Utah locations above would be awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SugarHigh View Post
    What type of riding do you like to do, and how long can you ride?

    Hawes - Without a doubt. 2-3 hour ride in the morning.
    Prescott - Depends what kind of riding you like. Lots of options.
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    50 Year Trail in N Tucson - Might be hot. Early morning
    Picket Post - Too hot. Maybe do an ONB
    Pinal Six Shooter Shuttles - Getting warm. Need a group

    The Utah locations above would be awesome.
    I prefer some climbing and while I can survive rocky gnar, trails like National are my limit (and even that is pushing it.) I'm on a 120mm 29er trail bike. What would you recommend for a loop at Hawes?

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    If you donít think you will make it out west again soon. Iíd hit up St. George / Hurricane and Moab in Utah. Both about 8 hour drive from the Valley. You could ride epics like Zens and Barrel Roll in St George. And Classics like Skickrock and Porcupine Rim in Moab.

    If you could take a day off work and have a three day weekend 2 days of riding at each location is plenty of time to hit some of the epics.

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    If you haven't ridden BCT, do that ASAP before it gets too hot. It's wild, rugged, beautiful and unlike anything else in AZ. It's got chunk and tech, but I've ridden all but one section of it on a rigid SS. I don't recommend that, it beat me up a fair bit, but it's doable.

    Then I'd do as much Preskit as I could before breezing through Moab and Grand Junction on the way east. Or 4-corners for a Durango/ Phil's World weekend.
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    Study this list and start ticking them off:

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    Quote Originally Posted by jl84 View Post
    I prefer some climbing and while I can survive rocky gnar, trails like National are my limit (and even that is pushing it.) I'm on a 120mm 29er trail bike. What would you recommend for a loop at Hawes?
    Prescott. Great for climbing with some chunk to keep you honest, but not so much to beat you into a pulp or kill you like national tries to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ARandomBiker View Post
    If you haven't ridden BCT, do that ASAP before it gets too hot. It's wild, rugged, beautiful and unlike anything else in AZ. It's got chunk and tech, but I've ridden all but one section of it on a rigid SS. I don't recommend that, it beat me up a fair bit, but it's doable.
    Thought about recommending this, but it's the hot time of the year and the logistics get a lot more complicated given how remote this trail is and the length. Still, if you can swing it, stage water and supplies at the various intersections with humanity and get it set up as a shuttle from the North end to the South. I just think logistically having this work out with the weather so you can ride the whole thing with the shuttle and supplies is going to get a bit tricky....but if you can, go for it. Top off your sealant and bring tubes, plugs and patches.
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    I think BCT is awesome if you donít live and ride in AZ. If you live here itís sorta of meh.... Maybe cause itís a local trail for me and I have ridden often. If you have ridden other places among saguaro then you not really missing much. It does have so fun downhill from Rock Springs down. But itís too hot this time of year and dangerous to be out there alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    Thought about recommending this, but it's the hot time of the year and the logistics get a lot more complicated given how remote this trail is and the length. Still, if you can swing it, stage water and supplies at the various intersections with humanity and get it set up as a shuttle from the North end to the South. I just think logistically having this work out with the weather so you can ride the whole thing with the shuttle and supplies is going to get a bit tricky....but if you can, go for it. Top off your sealant and bring tubes, plugs and patches.
    Not bike packing the whole thing, or even shuttling....Although Bumblebee to Rock Springs is schweeet!
    Emery-Henderson to Table Mesa and back, Pan Loop and or south from Rock Springs to Table Mesa, North from Rock Springs to..wherever... all about a 3-hour ride.

    It was 87 here today. gonna be below 90 all week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fiveo View Post
    I think BCT is awesome if you donít live and ride in AZ. If you live here itís sorta of meh.... Maybe cause itís a local trail for me and I have ridden often. If you have ridden other places among saguaro then you not really missing much. It does have so fun downhill from Rock Springs down. But itís too hot this time of year and dangerous to be out there alone.
    I don't live there and agree with the "meh" comment. It's not that it's bad or not fun but it's just a run of the mill trail overall IMO. There's nothing that makes it stand out and make it special. To be honest, after riding it from Rock Springs, I[m surprised it's such a highly recommended trail. I like/love the Cactus Cup Race Loop much better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jl84 View Post
    I prefer some climbing and while I can survive rocky gnar, trails like National are my limit (and even that is pushing it.) I'm on a 120mm 29er trail bike. What would you recommend for a loop at Hawes?
    Hawes is tame compared to National. Based on your description, I think Hawes would be a real good fit for you. A very simple route would be to park at Walgreens and then do an Out N Back to NRA. Pick any route on Trail Forks.

    To maximize the route go this way: Fenceline, left on Hawes, Right on Saguaro, Right on Upper Ridge, Right on Saddle, Left on Secret, Right/Straight back on to Saddle, Right on Saguaro (good climb), Right on to Twisted Sister, Right on Wild Horse. Turn around when you start seeing jump and the trail turns to two track. Come back on Wild Horse, go right on Twisted and pick up Horse Tail Left, Right on Saguaro, followed by quicl left to stay on Saguaro. Left on Granite, Right on Upper Ridge, Left on Hawes, stay right and it brings you back to Fenceline, go right, and you are out.

    Follow trail Forks. You can deviate from this in many places to make a shorter route. Highlights of this route are: Secret, Twisted Sister DH, Wild Horse Westbound, Horse Tail, Upper Ridge DH

    This route will be around 18 or so miles with around 1,800 feet of climbing. Give yourself around 2:30-3:30 based on your fitness and breaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k2rider1964 View Post
    ... I like/love the Cactus Cup Race Loop much better.
    Cactus cup? That is at McDowells. I think you have that wrong
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    I don't think he has it wrong. I think he means its a better trail and you get a lot of the same scenery. For that matter I would recommend Pima/ Dynamite I think you get the same type of classic AZ scenery with out the remote location or logistics. But I understand that sometimes being remote is the appeal

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiveo View Post
    I don't think he has it wrong. I think he means its a better trail and you get a lot of the same scenery. For that matter I would recommend Pima/ Dynamite I think you get the same type of classic AZ scenery with out the remote location or logistics. But I understand that sometimes being remote is the appeal
    Exactly...I was implying that *I* prefer riding the Cave Creek Cactus Cup race loop over the BCT out of the Rock Creek TH. More scenic, more variety. Others may not share that opinion and that's okay too.
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    All right...my previous recommendation is ill informed for the summer month crowd.....caveat lector

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    Cave Creek Cactus Classic

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    Quote Originally Posted by k2rider1964 View Post
    Exactly...I was implying that *I* prefer riding the Cave Creek Cactus Cup race loop over the BCT out of the Rock Creek TH. More scenic, more variety. Others may not share that opinion and that's okay too.
    It is called Cave Creek Cactus Classic (aka C4) Not Cactus Cup. That is a different race. C4 is pretty, but BCT Little Pan Loop (RS and around Little Pan) is a much better rider. Harder despite the similar distance. I have ridden both many times.
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