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    RR: Pleasantville

    I figured why drive an hour to check out 10 miles of trail for a 20 mile OnB ride. Doesn't seem like a great return on driving investment. The recent chatter about the Lake Pleasant trails had me thinking, wouldn't a loop be great? So, a loop I did. A sweet CW loop around Lake Pleasant linking the Black Canyon Trail, Maricopa trail and Lake Pleasant trails for a 55 mile ride.

    This ride had a bit of everything. Some WTF moments for sure, but all were manageable. The HAB sections were short and there was plenty of great singletrack. I'll do this one again for sure, but keep in mind, while over half of this loop is on established trails, I'd highly recommend a GPS unit. The north side of this loop is definitely a backcountry type of ride, so be prepared.

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    Some of the more memorable snaps:
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    Fresh trailwork on the Maricopa Trail

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    First view of the lake

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    Floating bridge near Pipeline Canyon TH

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    Some of the local residents off Castle Hot Springs rd

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    Ride the shoreline when your track goes under water.

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    Muffler gate

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    Wet fork in the road, my route went left.

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    Made it to the other side of the Agua Fria River

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    Climbing on the BCT

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    Bicycle rockart
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    Well done John!
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    Wow, the trail goes under water?! Has the lake level risen substantially?
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    Great ride report!
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    I've Jeeped out through much of that area, back country indeed. Awesome adventure FS.
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    Based on John's informal ride report Ray, Bart, Nancy and I did this a couple of days later - on Sunday. I think the general consensus was that it was a winner.

    Here's my spew on it
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    Quote Originally Posted by dtownmtb View Post
    Based on John's informal ride report Ray, Bart, Nancy and I did this a couple of days later - on Sunday. I think the general consensus was that it was a winner.

    Here's my spew on it
    A Pleasant Loop
    Awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Wow, the trail goes under water?! Has the lake level risen substantially?
    Not so much the trail, but on the north end of the lake Cow Creek rd is sometimes a 2-track, this was the portion that was under water on a few occasions. The lake level was at 84% when I checked after the ride, it is rising (now at 85%). Check here. Seems in recent years the levels have been low enough for the 2-track to be dry. Those areas are relatively large & flat, so a one foot rise in lake levels will cover a substantial amount of terrain. I'd use 80% as a safe bet for easy navigation through there.
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    I am going to have to do this loop next month after Old Pueblo. Probably from my house only because I can as it will only add a 3 miles. I will just have to watch the lake level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dtownmtb View Post
    Based on John's informal ride report Ray, Bart, Nancy and I did this a couple of days later - on Sunday. I think the general consensus was that it was a winner.

    Here's my spew on it
    A Pleasant Loop
    Yes, Ray and I burst out laughing when we got the babyhead hill. Then we automatically got in to a competition on who can get the farthest on wheels....

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    Quote Originally Posted by metalaficionado View Post
    Yes, Ray and I burst out laughing when we got the babyhead hill. Then we automatically got in to a competition on who can get the farthest on wheels....
    ...and the winner was??
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    Quote Originally Posted by freeskier46 View Post
    ...and the winner was??
    the one with gears of course, silly SS wabbit, techy climbs are for gearfolk

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    Quote Originally Posted by metalaficionado View Post
    the one with gears of course, silly SS wabbit, techy climbs are for gearfolk
    This makes Ray angry(er)...grrrr.
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    John, A very small portion of the route on Table Mesa Rd goes through State Trust Land, right? I think the State Trust Land is between Agua Fria Conservation Area and BLM land when your on Table Mesa Rd. I think you need a State Trust Land permit to bike on the land, but I am not sure since it is a road accessing the Agua Fria Conservation Area what the rules are for that. Any ideas? I just know when we camped out on Table Mesa Rd we where driving around we noticed signs near the Cattle Corral on Table Mesa Rd saying permit needed and then another sign saying something about license plates being photographed (which I think was fake). I guess if a permit is needed you might want to make people aware.

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    azmtnruz, good point. I just contacted the State Land Dept. and they informed me that a permit is not required to pass through that sliver of Trust Land on Table Mesa rd. I told them what I was doing up there and they didn't hesitate with the answer. I did shoot an email over to the folks at the Maricopa Trail as it runs through a bunch of STL. I'm wondering if they have a special use corridor similar to the Arizona Trail so a permit is not required. I'll let you know what they tell me.

    Here's that fancy land ownership map that was posted a while back.
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    Thanks John, way cool for finding the info out.

    Thanks for the map, that one is way more accurate than the AZ Game & Fish one I have used.

    The Maricopa Trail website states "NOTE: You do not need a permit from state land to hike on those segments of the Maricopa Trail that reside on state land. Please stay on the trail." https://www.maricopa.gov/parks/MaricopaTrail/ So I guess governments agencies worked it out

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    Quote Originally Posted by metalaficionado View Post
    the one with gears of course, silly SS wabbit, techy climbs are for gearfolk

    Ray, you disappoint me.

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    BTW.. state land trust permit is $15 a year. I got one for 2016 (well it is in the mail). First year just in case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dtownmtb View Post
    Ray, you disappoint me.
    No worries my good friend, there's plenty more where that came from.

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