Los Burros

McNary, Arizona

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The Los Burros trail begins at the Los Burros Campground, 7,900 feet up, and climbs to 8,300 feet. Cool to cold year-round, this is the White Mountain area’s must-ride adventure. The ride starts out with some easy climbs, long, lazy singletrack through meadows, rock gardens, and three moderately hard climbs. Once past the first steep climb, there’s an insanely fast (remember IMBA rules) downhill. The singletrack roller coaster that wraps around Wishbone Mountain (the mountain the trail goes around) about three-quarters of the way into the ride makes the whole trip worth it ... but don’t expect to have lots of energy left over. Los Burros is a physically demanding ride, especially if you’re used to lower altitudes. Trail Surface: Mixed singletrack and doubletrack.

Los Burros Professional Review and Guide

"The Los Burros trail begins at the Los Burros Campground, 7,900 feet up, and climbs to 8,300 feet. Cool to cold year-round, this is the White Mountain area’s must-ride adventure. The ride starts out with some easy climbs, long, lazy singletrack through meadows, rock gardens, and three moderately hard climbs.

Once past the first steep climb, there’s an insanely fast (remember IMBA rules) downhill. The singletrack roller coaster that wraps around Wishbone Mountain (the mountain the trail goes around) about three-quarters of the way into the ride makes the whole trip worth it ... but don’t expect to have lots of energy left over. Los Burros is a physically demanding ride, especially if you’re used to lower altitudes. Trail Surface: Mixed singletrack and doubletrack."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: McNary
Distance: 13.8
Elevation Gain: 1,441 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 - 4 hours
Season: Year-round; possible snow
Trailhead Elevation: 7,800 feet
Top Elevation: 8,270 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Apache - Sitgreaves National Forest, Lakeside Ranger Station
Local Maps: USGS McNary, Sponseller Mountain, Boundary Butte, Horseshoe Cienega
Driving Directions: Directions to Los Burros

Recent Trail Reviews

11/29/2007
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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.


6/6/2006
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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.


6/1/2002
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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.


6/22/2001
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A great ride, but a bit outta the way. If you go alone, it's likely you won't see another soul. Start with a gradual climb with few technical spots, but one long, tiring climb. Some rolling hills followed by a fast, furious descent. Much fun and a great place to remember why mtn biking is so cool.



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May 2018