Mount Elden

Flagstaff, Arizona 86003

Mount Elden

Mount Elden Professional Review and Guide

"Arizona features every bio-zone in the world but two: rain forest and coastline. Flagstaff and its surrounding mountains contain all the high-altitude zones, providing a stark contrast to the desert lowlands to the south. From the tundra atop Mt. Humphreys (12,633 feet) to the Ponderosa forest that surrounds the city, Flagstaff offers welcome relief from the searing heat of Phoenix and Tucson.

Flagstaff is the acknowledged champion of mountain biking in Arizona. It’s a destination for riders from around the world, who come to sample its fast singletrack as well as its technical challenges. Professional cross-country and downhill riders live in Flagstaff, enjoying the competitive advantage of the challenging local trails and the altitude. And the white-hot core of Flagstaff’s mountain biking scene is Mount Elden. Trail Surface: Except for the wide gravel road up to the top of Mt. Elden, everything in the Elden Trail Network is singletrack on fairly well groomed pine forest floor."

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"3 miles north of Flagstaff, at the base of Mount Elden. Long singletrack loop around the Dry Lake Hills-Mount Elden Complex. Mostly smooth trail with technical sections, especially on the Rocky Ridge Trail."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
4,508 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
1 - 7 hours
Year-round; possible snow December - March, monsoons June - August
7,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,600 feet
Top Elevation
Coconino National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Humphreys Peak, Sunset Crater West, Flagstaff West, Flagstaff East
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Oct 2018