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    RR: Bikepacking201 - Happy Jack (X-post from AZ)

    Here's a recap from last weekend's outing on the AZT near Happy Jack.

    Here's a few pics:






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    Again, great trip report and glad to see riders returning for Part Deux!
    We've got 29er hardtails that would work well for bike packing. DH hates to hike but wants to do some bike touring (on or off road). This seems ideal. I'm guessing this is (very roughly) the area around the intersection where a paved road turns south towards the north rim of the Grand Canyon. Do the soils in that area handle moisture well -- sandy vs. clayey? Some of those roads look like things could get sticky if it began raining heavily.
    We rode Rainbow Rim Trail 6 or 7 years ago; it was fun.

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    June Bug,
    This route is nowhere near the Grand Canyon. It's more centralized, up on the Mogollon Rim. The short paved section was on the southern end of Mormon Lake. I'd have to say the dirt roads up there may get sticky when wet. Based on the chunk factor of the jeep road & AZT in this area, I'm not sure I'd recommend touring, you have to be ready for a full on mountain bike ride. I should have taken a few more pics of the bumpier portions, but just imaging riding on rocks the size of watermelons for a few hundred yards at a time. It wasn't all like that, but there was enough!!
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    Got it! I was confusing some place names. Realized that I have a Topographic Recreational Map of Arizona, opened it up and looked right at Mormon Lake south/southeast of Flagstaff.
    Yes, I meant touring in the sense of bike packing, as opposed to day rides on single track. Your routes have a nice combo of dirt roads, two track and single track -- route finding seems more of a concern up there.
    Anyway, looks fun.
    We ride in Central Texas, so plenty of limestone and challenging trail, we just don't have anything long enough to call for overnighting.
    However, I'll be retiring at the end of Sept. and DH will be soon after, so our annual 10-day blitz mtn bike trips to various trails in NM, AZ, Utah & CO will be replaced by a much more leisurely pace.

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    Sounds fantastic!! Let me know if you need any other beta.
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    Thanks for the link. trip report and pics are nice
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