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    Good job! SWEET, sweet, Flagstaff

    From the outside, Flagstaff doesn't appear to offer much in the way of MTB



    But put your tires to the dirt and you will quickly understand that its as close to MTB heaven as one can get here in the SW!





    The climbs are steep!, but the trails are so well executed that you hardly realize it. I found myself getting lost in the features. Amazing!









    So, I started out at Shultz Cr and climbed on up to Shultz Pass (reference the map at the bottom of the thread). This was a moderate climb that gets everything pumping and has a few technical climbs to keep the mind busy. Not that the scenery isn't amazing.



    After I found my bearing, I dropped down to the beginning of Little Bear.



    This is an amazing climb through the forest and tops out at the Sunset trail. A shortcut would be to take the Sunset trail straight up, but this little section on LB reminded me of home. A lot like Faulty but much more enjoyable as it utilizes switchbacks. It's the most primitive of the trails that I rode.






    After LB, I headed straight up Sunset and into Hobbit Forest. Man, what a climb. This climb gets exponentially more difficult from right about here...



    It mellows out a bit, but still steep!






    After topping out on SunsetI traversed the Road and went searching for the primary reason for my trip...Private Reserve!



    Ah...I definitely earned this descent!



    This was absolutely, by far, the most gnarly DH I have ever ridden. The pucker factor is somewhere between 11 and 11.5 out of 10. I was too busy holding on for dear life to snap to many pics, but this should give you an idea of some of the features one might run into..

    Your supposed to ride down this. Its about 60' tall and its fukin steep



    The "alternate" line isn't much better,,,just a wee bit shorter



    There were lots of cool rock slabs everywhere.



    Once I pried my hands from my handlebars I was treated through a maze of cool trails along the road. They were gnarly in their own right.



    And I don't know why, but the funnest part of the ride was Rocky Ridge. It was slow and technical and amazingly flowy. I was pooped when I hit this section, but I immediately caught a second wind.





    You know when you have ridden Flag...



    Here is the map. It's definitely a MUST ride if your passing through.
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    I'm going to go ahead and plug Absolute Bikes in town for helping me get situated with a free map and some camping ideas...Thanks fellas!

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    those are great looking pictures. i guess i'm selfish but i doubt i'd have stopped to take great pics like those.

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    Awesome stuff bryan.
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    Thanks fellas!

    Here is a better picture of the map with legible trail names.
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    What a ride! Thanks for the pics, that are always worth it. Pics help me re-live the rides.

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    Nice I gotta get there some day.

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    Put it on the short list Neal. You would LOVE the DH!

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    That's it, I'm selling the kid, divorcing my job, killing the cat, and moving to AZ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowdrifter
    That's it, I'm selling the kid, divorcing my job, killing the cat, and moving to AZ.

    So when should I plan on taping the keg?

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    great pics

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    great pics and nice plug for our lil' slice of heaven.

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    Great pics and nice info. Thanks for sharing it.

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    Nice! How many miles was the loop?

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    I figure about 25 miles and ~3500' of elevation, maybe a touch more.

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    Nice. Looks like you had a good ride.

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    Yep, yep, very cool stuff Bryan

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    Seriously, guys, the DH by itself is worth the trip. Only problem is the road is pretty rough for shuttlin' so if you don't mind earning your turns your in for hell of a time.

    Better hold on, though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn. Biker123
    Seriously, guys, the DH by itself is worth the trip. Only problem is the road is pretty rough for shuttlin' so if you don't mind earning your turns your in for hell of a time.

    Better hold on, though!
    Nice pics...I haven't been to Flag in a while. I've heard that they added a bunch of new FR/DH. That section with the 5.7 wall is called "happy ending". I tried it once and I ate **** half way down...Jason and Daniel ride it (private reserve). NIce pics man
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    My favorite trail is Super Moto. Try it next time, bet you love it!
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    I thought that next time I/we do this loop, it would make a real epic to hit some of the stuff above Shultz Pass. Thanks for the info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by abegold
    My favorite trail is Super Moto. Try it next time, bet you love it!
    I 2nd this since you obviously like the chunk. Although most descend it, climbing it is pretty fun too and give you a chance to look around. It's one of the more gorgeous trails in Flag w/ it's mix of dacite rock bands, aspens, and ferns.

    Nice pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by perropirana
    Nice pics...I haven't been to Flag in a while. I've heard that they added a bunch of new FR/DH. That section with the 5.7 wall is called "happy ending". I tried it once and I ate **** half way down...Jason and Daniel ride it (private reserve). NIce pics man
    Stop heckling...

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