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    Hey folks, I'm headed to Az with a few buds for a 4 day weekend, starting next Wednesday eve. Flying in/out of Phoenix. The loose plan is Sedona Th & F, Flag Sat, SoMo/National Sunday. So uh, two questions. What's this about snow in Flag? Are the Mt Elden trails ridable high enough yet to make the trip there worth it? Also, two days in Sedona or one Sedona and one in Prescott? What whould you do. Discuss.

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    Snow will be gone by then. Heck, might even be gone tomorrow.

    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    Hey folks, I'm headed to Az with a few buds for a 4 day weekend, starting next Wednesday eve. Flying in/out of Phoenix. The loose plan is Sedona Th & F, Flag Sat, SoMo/National Sunday. So uh, two questions. What's this about snow in Flag? Are the Mt Elden trails ridable high enough yet to make the trip there worth it? Also, two days in Sedona or one Sedona and one in Prescott? What whould you do. Discuss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    Hey folks, I'm headed to Az with a few buds for a 4 day weekend, starting next Wednesday eve. Flying in/out of Phoenix. The loose plan is Sedona Th & F, Flag Sat, SoMo/National Sunday. So uh, two questions. What's this about snow in Flag? Are the Mt Elden trails ridable high enough yet to make the trip there worth it? Also, two days in Sedona or one Sedona and one in Prescott? What whould you do. Discuss.
    do two days in Sedona. 1 day Prescott, 1 day Sedona, 1 day Flag (Elden's in great shape), 1 day So. Mtn. If you don't want to travel so much, I'd do 1 day in Prescott, 2 days in Flag, and then So. Mtn. Have a great trip!

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    I think we'll do day 1 in Sedona, day 2 in Flag then take it from there. Hookups welcome.

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    if you go south...

    …Tucson way, I'll ride with you.

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    Thanks CJ. Not likely though, seem we're staying north of Phoenix this trip.

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    Elden good to go!

    Hi,

    I rode Oldham, Brookbank, Dry Lake, Gnarly to Schultz on Sunday -- all nice and firm at least up to 8400', just a few puddles on upper Schultz. I'm looking at the peaks out my window right now -- just a bit of snow all the way up at 12000', but Elden is dry and open for business. It's perfect over there right now. Later in the week looks a little windy but low humidity, nice temps at 70-75. Perfect for a 2-day stay if you're inclined. I hope you enjoy your trip!

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    Excellent, looking for to to. If this is Friday, this must be Flag. If you see a handfull of folks enjoying some post-ride carb replenishment, say hi.

    Hey, my Cosmic Ray book is pretty thin on Prescott, but I hear lots of raving about the place. So what's the 'If you only have one day' ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    Excellent, looking for to to. If this is Friday, this must be Flag. If you see a handfull of folks enjoying some post-ride carb replenishment, say hi.

    Hey, my Cosmic Ray book is pretty thin on Prescott, but I hear lots of raving about the place. So what's the 'If you only have one day' ride?
    mmm...copy n paste.

    Here is the link for prescott area trail maps, just click on a portion to bring up the

    trails;http://www.sharlot.org/archives/maps/trailmaps/

    I'll put together a map for the "costco" ride. What you do is drive on highway 69 (if comming from phoenix) through prescott valley, and past. About halfway between prescott valley and prescott, there is a costco on the left. You take that left off of 69. The road is called "walker road". Go through the first stopsign. Then on your left, is a restaurant called "china buffet". They have a huge parking lot, and at the southern end (pull in and turn right) is where all the mtbers park.

    From here you get on your bikes and ride down walker road a bit untill you see a trail-head area on your right. It is only about a quarter to half a mile at the most. From here, there are two trail heads. You want to take the "trail 62/ranch trail".

    This starts out pretty flat, but fairly soon it shoots up, and it goes up real fast. This entire ride gets progressively better, so don't get too dissapointed by it. Trail 62 basically gets you up and on the ridge that goes to spruce mountain. Eventually you'll work your way into a little canyon/washout that is kind of like a "half pipe". You'll konw when you get here.

    Just a little ways past this area there is a trail junction. If you turn left it is called 7-mile-gulch. DONT TURN LEFT. This is fun on a DH bike, but it will assuredly melt XC disc and V pads . Continue to the right. The trail is following the ridge, and there are a good number of little climbs interspersed through it.

    About a mile later you come to another trail junction, this time turn LEFT. If you turn right it takes you down to Senator Highway and the frontside of Spruce Mtn. The trail is now called trail 299 and you contiune on this trail for a few miles untill you come to Spruce Mountain Road. This is a no brainer-as the trail dead-ends at Spruce Mountain Road.

    It's almost time for lunch, but turn LEFT and head UP Spruce Mountain Road. You ride up Spruce Mountain Road for about a mile, there is a sharp turn to the left where if you go straight, you will be on "Midnight Test Mine Road". You don't want to go this way, continue going up Spruce Mountain Road, evenutally it levels out some and you will see a trailhead on your LEFT. The trail is called trail 297. This is where you want to have lunch.

    Trail 297 is a blast. We don't have much technical here in prescott, but we do have some good "roller coaster" rides. 297 is an awesome roller-coaster rides. There are some short climbs near the top of the trail, but most of it is just super-fun roller-coaser type stuff. This is where you'll swear it was worth it to work your way up the F*@#@#(ing ridge.

    Trail 297 will end at Walker Road (but it's many miles down from where you started). You cross the road, and direcly across the road is the trail 305 trailhead. Trail 305 will take you all the way back to the trail 62 trailhead that you started at. Trail 305 is also a blast, although it is a lot flatter than 297, but it has a lot of "roller coaster" stuff in it in the exact same way as 297. Trail 305 will cross a lot of camp grounds comming back (paralleling walker road) and near the end of it there is a "choice" to turn right or left (although the more worn path should be to the left). Turn left here, and it will cross back over walker road and end up at the trail 62 trail head. If by some mistake you went the wrong way here you'd just end up riding through a big jump-park in back of costco, no big deal.

    This is a great ride for a day. Like i said, the inital climb up sucks, but comming down 297 and 305 is just sweet. Took us 4hrs 15 minutes last time, me with a couple of canadians. Really hard to say if it will take a lot longer or not for others doing it, but if you bonk one thing that is nice is that you can ride back on walker road at several points, so you aren't commited to comming back on the trail.

    I can send the map email.

    There's some good loops around granite basin that can be done, around 30 miles (or more if you are inclined), but there's more ambiguity there with some of the trails and a hidden turn or two.
    I know in my heart that Ellsworth bikes are more durable by as much as double. AND they are all lighter...Tony Ellsworth

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    Excellent, thanks. Check your PM. 23 hrs and I'm on the plane...

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    Thanks for the input folks. Especially Jm. Too bad I couldn't talk my buds into following your route. Next time. Posted some pics here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    Thanks for the input folks. Especially Jm. Too bad I couldn't talk my buds into following your route. Next time. Posted some pics here.
    It's getting easier (for me), I rode it last weekend on saturday. The first time I rode it it took well over 4 hours. Not too long ago it took about 4:15 with a lengthy lunch-stop, and I did it in about 3:45 with a decent sized lunch stop still. It takes about 2 hours to get to the top no matter what you do, but after that it's one sweet ride all the way back down. I've noticed that some of the OHV-part of the ride (trail 299) seems to be wider than before, the "straight up" climbs up 62 are just as impossible as before of course . I'll have to put together the "master" granite basin loop ride on map, 29 miles and some good descending and climbing.
    I know in my heart that Ellsworth bikes are more durable by as much as double. AND they are all lighter...Tony Ellsworth

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