Mount Graham

Safford, Arizona

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At 10,700 feet, Mount Graham is the tallest of the “sky islands” of Coronado National Forest. Due to the conspicuous lack of wilderness designation on the mountain, it is also perhaps the most overlooked riding area in all of Arizona. There are two distinct loops in the Pinalenos, recently built by the Forest Service specifically for mountain bikers. The loop to the north, the Cunningham Loop, follows old logging roads around a steep slope, providing incredible views into the desert 5,000 feet below. The trail fades back and forth between singletrack and doubletrack; after a few more years it will all be singletrack. The thorny bushes that grow on the other track and in the median between the ruts are huge incentives to stay on the singletrack—bring tube sealant! There’s also one substantial climb, ending with a wild set of switchbacks back down. Trail Surface: The trail is a mix of old logging roads that are being converted to singletrack, and some fresh new singletrack that’s been decently cut by the Forest Service specifically for mountain bikers.

Mount Graham Professional Review and Guide

"At 10,700 feet, Mount Graham is the tallest of the “sky islands” of Coronado National Forest. Due to the conspicuous lack of wilderness designation on the mountain, it is also perhaps the most overlooked riding area in all of Arizona. There are two distinct loops in the Pinalenos, recently built by the Forest Service specifically for mountain bikers. The loop to the north, the Cunningham Loop, follows old logging roads around a steep slope, providing incredible views into the desert 5,000 feet below.

The trail fades back and forth between singletrack and doubletrack; after a few more years it will all be singletrack. The thorny bushes that grow on the other track and in the median between the ruts are huge incentives to stay on the singletrack—bring tube sealant! There’s also one substantial climb, ending with a wild set of switchbacks back down. Trail Surface: The trail is a mix of old logging roads that are being converted to singletrack, and some fresh new singletrack that’s been decently cut by the Forest Service specifically for mountain bikers."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Safford
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 2,114 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: April 15 - November 15
Trailhead Elevation: 9,100 feet
Top Elevation: 9,375 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Webb Peak, Mount Graham
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Graham

Recent Trail Reviews

6/19/2007
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Have ridden these trails several times. Going to the switchback climb is a chore and tricky descent. Most times I do it as an out and back, turning around after the stream crossing where your tires will get wet about 5 times. 3 streams to cross on the ride. Much of this trail, besides the first mile is fairly flat unless the loop is completed. Many of the thorns along the trails are raspberries. The other thorny trees are New Mexico Locust. Across the Swift Trail road is Grant Hill Loop with several different loop runs possible on old doubletrack and some singletracks as they circle the hill. Much more climbing as the initial climb is 3-4 miles at this altitude. Great viewpoint on left less than 2 miles into the ride. Long descents are also possible off the Pinalenos on several trails. Don't try alone!



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May 2018