Porter Mountain Trails Panorama and Timber Mesa Trails

Pinetop, Arizona

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Completed in August 1999, Timber Mesa 636 trail is an extremely recent addition to the White Mountain trail system. Constructed from a combination of existing singletrack, doubletrack segments, and old hunting and game trails, this trail is a favorite of the local hard-core riding crowd. Not that there’s much of a crowd here––there are maybe a half-dozen really committed riders native to the White Mountains, and a dozen more semi-regulars scattered throughout the region. Elk are plentiful in this portion of the Sitgreaves National Forest, especially during the summer. They’ll usually dart away, but some will run alongside the bike trail for a bit before darting off in another direction. Like all of the White Mountain area, riding is nearly year round. This trail gets some snow in the winter, but as often as not it warms up to 45 degrees a day later, melting the snow away. Trail Surface: Timber Mesa starts as singletrack and turns into gravel road at the end. Panorama Trail is a mix of singletrack and doubletrack. The connector trails between these two rides are rugged doubletrack.
Mountain Bike America: Arizona

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Mountain Bike America: Arizona

by Paul Beakley (The Globe Pequot Press)

Completed in August 1999, Timber Mesa 636 trail is an extremely recent addition to the White Mountain trail system. Constructed from a combination of existing singletrack, doubletrack segments, and old hunting and game trails, this trail is a favorite of the local hard-core riding crowd. Not that there’s much of a crowd here––there are maybe a half-dozen really committed riders native to the White Mountains, and a dozen more semi-regulars scattered throughout the region. Elk are plentiful in this portion of the Sitgreaves National Forest, especially during the summer.

They’ll usually dart away, but some will run alongside the bike trail for a bit before darting off in another direction. Like all of the White Mountain area, riding is nearly year round. This trail gets some snow in the winter, but as often as not it warms up to 45 degrees a day later, melting the snow away. Trail Surface: Timber Mesa starts as singletrack and turns into gravel road at the end. Panorama Trail is a mix of singletrack and doubletrack. The connector trails between these two rides are rugged doubletrack.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Pinetop
Elevation Gain: 574 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round; winter can be very cold
Trailhead Elevation: 6,700 feet
Top Elevation: 6,920 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Apache - Sitgreaves National Forest, Lakeside Ranger Station
Local Maps: USGS Lakeside
Driving Directions: Directions to Porter Mountain Trails (Panorama and Timber Mesa Trails)

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