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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