Mount Elden

Flagstaff, Arizona

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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.

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."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 30
Elevation Gain: 4,508 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 1 - 7 hours
Season: Year-round; possible snow December - March, monsoons June - August
Trailhead Elevation: 7,100 feet
Top Elevation: 8,600 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Humphreys Peak, Sunset Crater West, Flagstaff West, Flagstaff East
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Elden

Recent Trail Reviews

4/10/2010
1

Does anyone know how the Mount Elden trail is in terms of snow and usability? Hiking. Thanks


8/1/2006
0

Best riding in AZ. See GPS download at DirtyBicycle.com



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