Marty's Ridge to Liberty Bell

Yuma, Arizona

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Riding through the Laguna Mountains is like riding across one of the more unpleasant circles of Dante’s Inferno. The landscape is bleak and barren, yet starkly beautiful. Single blooming ocotillos sprout here and there, orange blossoms standing in contrast with the “desert pavement.” This desert pavement is the result of Yuma’s geography and weather: Wind has blown away the topsoil, leaving behind ore-rich granite that has subsequently been baked black and shiny by countless millennia under the Arizona sun. Turning over any rock reveals its original color on the underside. Surprisingly, wildlife is abundant in this wasteland during the cooler winter months. The Gila Canal, which runs along the western edge of the Lagunas, provides ample water for coyotes and deer. Trail Surface: Doubletrack and jeep road.
Mountain Bike America: Arizona

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Mountain Bike America: Arizona

by Paul Beakley (The Globe Pequot Press)

Riding through the Laguna Mountains is like riding across one of the more unpleasant circles of Dante’s Inferno. The landscape is bleak and barren, yet starkly beautiful. Single blooming ocotillos sprout here and there, orange blossoms standing in contrast with the “desert pavement.”

This desert pavement is the result of Yuma’s geography and weather: Wind has blown away the topsoil, leaving behind ore-rich granite that has subsequently been baked black and shiny by countless millennia under the Arizona sun. Turning over any rock reveals its original color on the underside. Surprisingly, wildlife is abundant in this wasteland during the cooler winter months. The Gila Canal, which runs along the western edge of the Lagunas, provides ample water for coyotes and deer. Trail Surface: Doubletrack and jeep road.

©  Paul Beakley/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Yuma
Distance: 9.9
Elevation Gain: 1,194 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round; summers unbearably brutal
Trailhead Elevation: 210 feet
Top Elevation: 740 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Yuma Office
Local Maps: USGS Laguna Dam, Fortuna
Driving Directions: Directions to Marty's Ridge to Liberty Bell

Recent Trail Reviews

3/13/2010
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First off, make sure you don't make the same mistake I did. Not being from around here and attempting to travel light, I didn't bring any spare tubes or parts. This place is full of cactus and loose shale rock, both will bite and when bitten it can make for a slow and or ending ride. Over all... if you are down for some good single track... park at the second lot listed on here and then just head north along the gravel pit fence line. Single track from there out. You will run across the double track (gravel road eventually) but just cross over and back on single track. If you are up for a nice enjoyable ride with some hill climbs then read the trail guide and have a blast. The locals are super friendly and are more than willing to help out. Thanks Jaime.



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