Trail 305 - TRAIL

Trail 305 - Trail, Prescott, Arizona

7 miles to the top. Non technical, but great twisty singletrack with lots of ups and downs, every kind of turn, a few tight switchbacks, and some thighburning climbs. Come back down the way you rode up for a big smile, or conitnue on and make a loop back using Trails 297 and 62 (altough these are more technical).

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jk_surgeonfish   Cross Country Rider [Jun 18, 2012]

I road the "Big Loop" as recommended by others on 6/16/2012. This is the description:

The Big Loop comprises 5 different trails and a short paved road linked to each other. Here is how it goes: Start with Trail 62 - followed by trail 9854 – On to Trail 299 - paved road (Spruce Mtn Rd) – Trail 297 – Finishing with Trail 305.

Here are my thoughts. Trail 62 for the first 3.5 or 4 miles SUCKS. Or perhaps I just suck. There were a ton of fist-size to large orange size rocks the entire climb. This made it very difficult and required a lot of HABing. I'm not the best technical rider at all but this made the steep climbs very difficult.

Overall the 18mile loop is fun once you get past the first 4 miles of Trail 62. Definitely will give you a great workout. I did the entire loop in 2 hrs 42min with 1 stop and including the short times to pick my lungs up off the initial climb on trail 62. The best part of the whole trail IMO is from 297 and on through 305.

Have fun!

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3
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Chris Pringle   Cross Country Rider [Apr 12, 2007]

The Lynx Lake Big Loop is the way to go! As others have mentioned, this is an awesome ride! I’d say it borders being an epic ride. I wanted to give those trying this loop for the first time, much better directions on how to do it.

Warning: Make sure you and your group are in excellent cardio shape to do this loop. Technical level: Advanced beginner and up! You’ll start at 5,500 ft. elevation and climb close to 7,000 ft. Between all the ups and downs, cumulative climbing is approx. 3,000 ft. Total distance: 18 miles. Time to complete: 4-5 hours which includes several breaks. Pack lunch and plenty of water in the summer months.

If you’re not in good cardio shape or have time constraints, follow “Mike The Sun Devil’s” directions in the posting below to do Trail 305 only.

Customer Service

The Big Loop comprises 5 different trails and a short paved road linked to each other. Here is how it goes: Start with Trail 62 - followed by trail 9854 – On to Trail 299 - paved road (Spruce Mtn Rd) – Trail 297 – Finishing with Trail 305.

• Park at the parking lot about half mile from Costco on Walker Rd. As you enter the parking lot ($2 fee), you’ll see the trailhead to the 305 immediately to your left. Veer right and continue to the parking lot on the right-hand side. There’s an outhouse (restroom) at the end of that parking lot. Right behind it is where you’ll find the 62 trailhead.
• Once on the 62 you’ll find a few unmarked trails. Make sure you follow the trail into the mountains (not the trails to the “high-class” community on the right.) In about 1.5 mile, you’ll pass a gate. As you get to a fork, continue on the right up into the mountains. The trail will start climbing a series of hills. You’ll find a few short descents but it’s mostly climbing. Some short areas are hike-a-bike, but overall it’s rideable.
• After approx. 5 miles of riding you’ll get to a fire road. It’s marked as trail “9854”. Turn right and continue for about 1 mile or less to the intersection of 299.
• Turn left at 299, you’ll get to a hill with power lines. 299 is on your right. You’ll still have to climb that same hill! Ride for another mile or so. Trail 299 will drop you into what seems like a paved road (it’s more like a nicely compact dirt road.) This is Spruce Mtn. Rd. Turn left and you’ll do more climbing on Spruce Mtn. Rd. About 1.5 miles later you’ll find the trailhead to 297 (Smith Ravine Trail) to your left. It’s well marked!
• Trail 297 is mostly downhill peppered with a few climbs. It’s approx. 3 or 4 miles to the intersection with Walker Rd. This trail is a blast!
• At the bottom you’ll get to a gate. Cross Walker Rd to the dirt road right ahead. You’ll climb just a little when you’ll see the 305 trailhead to your left. You’ll pass a series of paved roads and campgrounds. However, it’s very well marked back to the parking lot. Enjoy!

Similar Products Used: Granite Basin Trails
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5
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5
tls36   Cross Country Rider [May 15, 2006]

Trail has great singletrack thru Ponderosa Pine. Nice in that there is a lot of climbing(1000 ft. of vertical change) so the shade of the Pines will help cool you! Switchy, some hairpins come up quickly so have a finger near the binders. If it was not for the climbing and some tight turns this trail would also be great for beginners and probably still is if a more experienced rider is leading the way. Surprisingly not a real busy trail for the beauty of it. The climb is challenging but the almost non-stop rollers make it fun and I loved the turns.

Customer Service

Park at Costco, ride down Walker Rd. to first trailhead on R (62). 305 begins on the left side as you enter parking area. Trail will cross Walker Rd, Lynx Lake parking and a few other Forest roads. It comes to a green metal gate then becomes a steep climb. I believe the trail technically ends there so it is out and back.

Similar Products Used: Check out Thumb Butte on parking lot side, nice loop but tight loose switchbacks.
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4
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4
Jm.   Downhiller [Mar 19, 2004]

This is not a DH trail nor is it a good idea to shuttle it. It climbs ~1000 feet over a pretty great distance, it is a gradual climb up, and going in the "down" position the trail is so shallow and there are so many intermediate climbs that there is absolutely no point to shuttle this....just to clear up a few of the posts above :) This is a good trail, very well maintained, very well built, they did choose to route it around all of the rocks unfortunatly, but it is a good ride nonetheless. If you like this trail, you'll love trail 297 which is directly across the road from this one at the top of the trail. My suggestion is to ride up trail 62 from Costco, then take 299 to Spruce Mtn road, then up to trail 297, down to 305 and back. This ride is a blast despite the climb up on 62. The roller-coaster ride down 297 is followed by 305 all the way back, it is worth it just for this. This trail gets 3 chilies because it's a solid trail. No technical, relatively easy effort, but it is a fun trail.

Customer Service

Climb up Ranch trail 62, turn right at the metal gate at the top, turn left at the 299 turnoff, on spruce mountain road turn left and head up to trail 297 on the left(1 mile or so), (and again, 297 is seldom used, but a BLAST to ride) and then hook up with 305 at the bottom.

Similar Products Used: Trail 297 Sevenmile-gulch for the speed-deamon in you Countless others.
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3
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3
Tom   Weekend Warrior [Jul 13, 2003]

One of my local favorites. I ride it about once or twice a month. Fast, smooth, ultra skinny, anything but straight singletrack. FUN, FUN, FUN. Connect with Smith Ravine trail 4 a ultra fun day of sigletrack ripping.

Customer Service

Also possible to do a 2 vehicle shuttle for way fun downhilling.

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5
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3
pedalAZ   [Jun 01, 2003]

Great fun for advanced riders and intermediates alike. No technical, but real fun climbs and descents. This trail twists and turns while climbing almost 2,000 feet to the top. you don't notice hom much climbing you've done because there are lots of descents mixed in along the way and because there are almost no views, as you are in the shady pines almost all the way.

Customer Service

Just follow the many US Forest Service plastic pylons numbered 305 to pick up the trail as it crosses the roads along the way.

Similar Products Used: Prescott is liberally blessed with many great MTB trails. All are worth trying; some are more memorable than others.
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4
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mike the sun devil   [Jul 07, 2003]

I rode this trail twice over July 4th weekend and in my opinion its the best ride in Prescott. Top of the trail is a very fast descent for about the first mile. My cyclo-computer showed I topped out at 26mph.
Trail is very fast and challenging in that you have to be careful to check your speed as there are many tight turns that come at you. There are some uphill climbs but nothing to tough. Trail crosses several Lynx Lake roads on the way down and is clearly marked so no problem of getting off course. Recommend trail for intermediate and advanced riders as total round trip tops out at about 13 miles. Trail is tons of fun and will definetly be going back for more in the coming months. Have fun!!!!

Customer Service

Park at trailhead 62 which is 1/2 mile on right hand side of Walker Road. Take Walker road to Bannie Mine road for a good warm up ride (4.5 to 5 miles). Look for a group of mail boxes and the Bannie mine sign on left hand side of road, 305 starts right there.

Similar Products Used: White rock and Granite Basin
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