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    Flagstaff - Fall Color Ride questions

    Wondering if Locket Meadow is open?

    Is Waterline Trail rideable?

    Would like to hook around the mountain starting at Aspen Corner on Snow Bowl Rd. Is there a trail that makes this possible? I know that the Bear Jaw area is wili ... any non-wilderness options?

    Riding on Saturday, planning on all day fun in the Fall Colors. Open to any suggestions, GPS routes, tracks .... THX!
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    Zul,
    Just did a very similar ride on Monday. Below is a link to the gpx. I started at the bottom of Schultz and went up the AZT to FR418, east on 418 then up to Lockett Meadow. Lockett is now open to cars so be careful on the weekend...I'm sure lots of traffic. FR418 is not a ton-of-fun since you descend all the way down to about 7400ft and have to climb back up. The views are nice though of the north side of the peaks. Starting at Aspen Corner would certainly take a lot of the climbing out although if you started where the AZT crosses Snow Bowl Rd, you'd have the great downhill right at the end of the ride.

    Unfortunately, Waterline Rd is still closed so the traditional "round the peak" route isn't possible yet.

    Hope that helps...the Aspens in some places done, but in some places just awesome.

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    There are absolutely no Fall colors to be found on Waterline until you get to the inner basin but much of it is rideable. There's sheetflow across much of it and some HAB where there are washouts. They've also started construction/repairs on it as well. Lockett Meadow is open but I haven't been that way.

    If it were me, I'd stay on the NW side of the Peaks and hit AZ trail and add in the Moto trails such as Lippanzer. Rode 418 back to town on Monday and the colors were peaking with some stands past peak.

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    rockman, is waterline rd open?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raybum View Post
    rockman, is waterline rd open?
    I thought it was and believe it's open to hikers but there's no info on the Coc Nat. Forest website. Coconino National Forest - Current Conditions - District Specific Information

    The road to Lockett Meadow is open as well as the trail on the old rd to the pumphouse and the new trail so I presume Waterline is open so that hikers/riders can make a loop. I know folks have been hiking Waterline through the burn area. I think the only trail still closed is L. Bear but lots of folks have been riding that.

    There are moto trails that can make the around the peaks loop and avoid the long dowhill and climb back up to Lockett on 418 but I haven't done it or know what kind of shape they're in.

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    Thanks for the intel and GPX file. Looking forward to a Flagstaff Fall Color Blast ... Probably Fri and Sat if luck has it.

    Hey - Who has some Flag Fall Stoke via PIX ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by zul View Post
    Thanks for the intel and GPX file. Looking forward to a Flagstaff Fall Color Blast ... Probably Fri and Sat if luck has it.

    Hey - Who has some Flag Fall Stoke via PIX ???

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    Here ya go Zul. Should still be pretty nice this weekend.
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    Sweet pixs rockman. Rolling through some golden Aspens tomorrow. Thanks for the stoke!

    I plan to start up on the Snow Bowl Road and follow the .gpx file. Good plan? Suggestions?

    All day rides are good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zul View Post
    Sweet pixs rockman. Rolling through some golden Aspens tomorrow. Thanks for the stoke!

    I plan to start up on the Snow Bowl Road and follow the .gpx file. Good plan? Suggestions?

    All day rides are good.

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