Mountain Bike America: Arizona
by Paul Beakley (The Globe Pequot Press)
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Nice trail. Pretty straight forward route finding. Worth checking out if you're in the area. You can camp at the trailhead and ride over to some of the pinetop loops if you want a bigger ride.
The Los Burros is an excellent mountain biking trail that includes a little bit everything. This 13 miles the track includes some wonderful downhills, with technical single track, and a couple of arguous hills to climb. This trail is a great way to get on you mountain bike and ride for a while. This track is especially good for intermedaite mountian bikers and more experienced mountains bikers that want to get some speed on a mountian bike. A great way to spend a couple hours in the White Mountains of Arizona.
Woohoo! This trail has an excellently long downhill that allows you to achieve breath-taking speeds. Unfortunately, most excellent downhills have an arduous uphill that can be intimidating and this trail is no exception. Initially deceptive, you will tackle one smaller hill and bike through a flat plain and a small patch of woods before you have to begin the uphill battle. You will find the agony in your legs worth it, however, when you begin the ride back to the parking lot. Most of this trail is not too technical and sections that are should not dissuade less technically advanced riders from pushing through. Most of this trail leads through the woods allowing for plenty of shade on hot days. Those that are ambitious enough to get up early during the non-winter months will probably see a variety of wildlife including deer. The only drawback to this ride is trying to find the trailhead. It is located at Los Burros Campground, east of Pinetop in the White Mountains. Its remote location requires you to drive through a maze of dirt roads before reaching the trailhead at the back of the campground. I have yet to find a guidebook or local resident that can give correct directions. Fortunately, once the trailhead is found, the trail is easy to follow. To save yourself frustration, however, before setting out make sure that you have a good local map of the White Mountains that includes dirt roads.
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