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Mountain Bike America: Arizona
by Paul Beakley (The Globe Pequot Press)
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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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