Moqui Stage Route

Flagstaff, Arizona

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Back in the late 1890s (no, that’s not a typo) members of the Coconino Cycling Club rode the Moqui Stage Route in eight to twelve hours—on singlespeeds! Bicycles of this era were heavy, painful contraptions, mind you, and nothing like the ultralight creatures beloved by modern singlespeed fanatics. Maybe we’re softer today than a century ago, but this ride is extremely strenuous even with all the comforts of modern bike design. Trail Surface: Gravel roads, doubletrack, jeep roads, and singletrack.
Mountain Bike America: Arizona

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Mountain Bike America: Arizona

by Paul Beakley (The Globe Pequot Press)

Back in the late 1890s (no, that’s not a typo) members of the Coconino Cycling Club rode the Moqui Stage Route in eight to twelve hours—on singlespeeds! Bicycles of this era were heavy, painful contraptions, mind you, and nothing like the ultralight creatures beloved by modern singlespeed fanatics.

Maybe we’re softer today than a century ago, but this ride is extremely strenuous even with all the comforts of modern bike design. Trail Surface: Gravel roads, doubletrack, jeep roads, and singletrack.

©  Paul Beakley/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 70.3
Elevation Gain: 5,000 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 2 days
Season: Year-round; best April - May or September - October
Trailhead Elevation: 7,800 feet
Top Elevation: 8,500 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Coconino National Forest; Kaibab National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Wing Mountain, Humphrey's Peak, White Horse Hills, SP Mountain, Chapel Mountain, Additional Hill, Lockwood Canyon, Peterson Flat, Harbison Tank, Grandview Point NE, Grandview Point
Driving Directions: Directions to Moqui Stage Route

Recent Trail Reviews

9/6/2008
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I did not ride this route yet, but did drive most of it as I'm planning it as part of a high adventure trip that I'm taking a Boy Scout Troop on. Most of this trail is on dirt road or double track, so we were able to drive a good prtion of it. I'll write a full review once I've ridden it, but wanted to call out a change. According to the directions given here, when you reach the Moqui Stage Station, you continue on double track. Whiel this trail was at one time double track from here, it no longer is. It's well marked for cyclists, but if you want to drive it from this point on, the directions do not work well. There are many trails not listed on this guide and a wrong turn can really have you in the wrong place in a hurry. If you don;t have GPS, have good Topo maprs. The main thing I learned is that We'll rely on the maps more so than GPS, outside of the waypoints we marked, just to verify we are in the correct area. Overall it appears the route will be very good for riders of just about all skill levels, provided they can ride the 70+ miles over a couple days. The toughest part in my opinion would be the start of day 2 as you are out in a treeless plain and it can be tough mentally, but have hope as you will enter Lockwood canyon after a little while and there's more scenery and not so flat.



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