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    Flag Locals

    Headed up to Flag this next weekend for some mountain biking. I am bringing a friend with me who is in love with mountain biking but has only been riding for a few months. With that in mind I was hoping for some suggestions for a good ride or two. Would love some good flowy forest single track. Nothing too easy but nothing with a ton of climbing either. I have never ridden in Flag but I have a vision of winding single track deep in the trees. Sounds like bliss...
    I appreciate any advice ya have. If it rains in Flag ( as forcasted, unfortunately) we will hit Sedona instead. Always a good time there but I really wanted to see what Flag has to offer.
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    check out the AZT from Aspen corner to 418 and back....that should tickle your fancy









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    Why do people in AZ hate the rain so much? It's the best time to ride here in Flag. Have a good ride, AZ Trail and the Fort Valley Trails are a good place to start.

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    I doubt many people "hate the rain", but more than a few people probably don't care to nearly be hit by lightning, pelted with hail, and experience hypothermia. A little rain is one thing. Full on T-storms as we often experience is another, and they can turn very nasty very quick.

    Would also suggest going up Schultz, then down the AZT on the opposite side of the road. That section is also very nice.
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    We ride all the time in the rain and with the right gear it's usually pretty good but sometimes a gnarly one shuts you down but it's almost always downhill to the car.

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    Thank you for great pictures Maad! Will be definately checking out the AZT. That was also a suggestion from the Fat Tire guide but I wanted to check in with people who have ridden it lately, especially considering I still have the 2003 guide. Yeah, might be time to update....
    I definately don't hate the rain. In fact, most people down here get so excited when we actually get some that it is the top story on the news. The last time we had that big storm with all the flooding I took my cruiser out in the neighborhood and rode in the rain for 2 hours. It was a blast! I lived in Flag for a few years back in the mid 90's, but I get cold in 60 degree weather these days. Throw in some cold rain...I'll have to pass. BRRRRRR.
    Thanks for the suggestions on the AZT sections!

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    a month or so we got caught in a pretty bad down poor on Private Reserve... While it was still extremely fun, the huge amount of water on the trail, slippery wet rock, and low visibility definitely added to the pucker factor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerry4064 View Post
    a month or so we got caught in a pretty bad down poor on Private Reserve... While it was still extremely fun, the huge amount of water on the trail, slippery wet rock, and low visibility definitely added to the pucker factor...
    But Happy Ending in the rain was a hoot!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerry4064 View Post
    a month or so we got caught in a pretty bad down poor on Private Reserve... While it was still extremely fun, the huge amount of water on the trail, slippery wet rock, and low visibility definitely added to the pucker factor...
    Yeah, it was more of a "let's get off the mountain cuz we are going to get hit by lighting soon" type deal. The water was cool IMO, the thunderstorm? Not so much.
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    Private in the pouring rain is ROWDY but works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maadjurguer View Post
    check out the AZT from Aspen corner to 418 and back....that should tickle your fancy
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    Can you still camp and have a campfire on Elden past the first cattle guard? Heading up there mid-october and I have heard different things regarding fires. If there's no fires allowed, I may head out to the Rim instead.
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    Schultz to AZT

    I would go up Schultz Creek to the AZT. Take the AZT all the way back to Snowbowl Road. The dirt road back to Fort Valley Trails and back to Schultz Creek.
    The AZT is a nice flowing trail and really fun in this direction.

    Have fun.

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    That fork needs new seals.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maadjurguer View Post
    check out the AZT from Aspen corner to 418 and back....that should tickle your fancy



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    Quote Originally Posted by m77ranger View Post
    That fork needs new seals.
    fock yeah. like Maad needed another excuse for his descending...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bazooka_beard View Post
    Can you still camp and have a campfire on Elden past the first cattle guard? Heading up there mid-october and I have heard different things regarding fires. If there's no fires allowed, I may head out to the Rim instead.
    Camping? Yes.
    Fires? No.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m77ranger View Post
    That fork needs new seals.
    It'll be nice to have my fork back and running in a continuous fashion for the first time in 6 weeks.....




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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball View Post
    fock yeah. like Maad needed another excuse for his descending...
    Dude....I was on your rear tire holding the line until those crappy fox seals started bukkaking oil all over the place....




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    Quote Originally Posted by DurtGurl View Post
    Camping? Yes.
    Fires? No.
    Thanks, DG
    Last edited by bazooka_beard; 09-27-2011 at 11:35 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maadjurguer View Post
    Dude....I was on your rear tire holding the line until those crappy fox seals started bukkaking oil all over the place....
    if you say so, i was going too fast to look back. but a real man would have descended Bill Williams instead of crawling back to the bike shop.
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