I live on the outskirts of Phoenix, AZ (Queen Creek, specifically) and have been wanting to put together a multi-day loop from my front door. Luckily we have an abundance of great trails all around the Valley of the Sun. It was pretty easy to connect the trail networks with only a little bit of pavement. This particular loop was going to be 3 days & 215 miles, but in the end I cut it short doing 2 days & 117. Still an awesome ride. Full write-up with pics here:

Urban Bikepacking

Anyone else in larger metro areas concoct something similar???

Here are a few teaser pics:

In the beginning
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Red Mtn over the Salt River.
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Pass Mtn saddle
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My rig in front of the Superstition Mtns.
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Bikepacking is EASY!!!
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Camp spot
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Woke to this view
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Back close to home
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