Buena Vista Trail 637

Show Low, Arizona

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"Buena Vista” means “nice view” in Spanish, and this ride is packed with plenty of buena vistas. The Buena Vista Trail, a central piece of the White Mountain Trail System, loops within a triangular segment of a national forest. But to get to those nice views, riders have to go up. And up. Buena Vista’s defining aspect is its climbs. There are seven significant climbs on this trail, the first being by far the steepest and most strenuous. Cyclists shouldn’t be surprised if they count more than seven climbs while riding the Buena Vista: What mere mortal riders consider a lung-busting climb, the high-altitude bike studs who frequent the trail simply view as a short rise. And remember, what goes up always comes down. There are few users on the trail (typically hikers and ATV enthusiasts), so enjoy ripping downhills after each climb (with caution). Trail Surface: Mixed doubletrack and singletrack.
Mountain Bike America: Arizona

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Mountain Bike America: Arizona

by Paul Beakley (The Globe Pequot Press)

"Buena Vista” means “nice view” in Spanish, and this ride is packed with plenty of buena vistas. The Buena Vista Trail, a central piece of the White Mountain Trail System, loops within a triangular segment of a national forest. But to get to those nice views, riders have to go up. And up. Buena Vista’s defining aspect is its climbs.

There are seven significant climbs on this trail, the first being by far the steepest and most strenuous. Cyclists shouldn’t be surprised if they count more than seven climbs while riding the Buena Vista: What mere mortal riders consider a lung-busting climb, the high-altitude bike studs who frequent the trail simply view as a short rise. And remember, what goes up always comes down. There are few users on the trail (typically hikers and ATV enthusiasts), so enjoy ripping downhills after each climb (with caution). Trail Surface: Mixed doubletrack and singletrack.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Show Low
Distance: 10.4
Elevation Gain: 1,360 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round; winters extremely cold and snowy
Trailhead Elevation: 6,500 feet
Top Elevation: 6,875 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Apache - Sitgreaves National Forest, Lakeside Ranger Station
Local Maps: USGS Show Low South
Driving Directions: Directions to Buena Vista Trail 637

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