White Mountains Trail System - TRAIL

White Mountains Trail System - Trail, Show Low, Arizona

The White Mountains Trail System (WMTS) is over 200 miles of loop & connector trails for non-motorized users (mountain bikers, hikers & equestrians) in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests of Arizona's White Mountains near Pinetop/Lakeside and Show Low. Loops vary from 3-4 miles to 12-16 miles; connected so that riders can enjoy varying distances. Each trail can be reviewed & printed from www.tracks-pinetop-lakeside.org, which gives trail descriptions, directions to trailhead, level of difficulty, altitude, etc. TRACKS volunteers build & maintain the WMTS. The Tour of the White Mountains, early Oct, is a mountain bike ride of 12, 15, 35 or 60 miles on WMTS trails. Come and enjoy outstanding rides in beautiful Ponderosa pine forests!

User Reviews (2)

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Tim Racette   Racer [Apr 03, 2015]

The white mountains have a lot of trails to offer from very rocky steep, challenging technical to fast and flowy smooth. Not sure where the other reviewer was riding, but trails like Los Burros, Panorama, Timber Mesa, Land of the Pioneers and all super fun.

These trails are quite demanding with the amount of rocks and technical features. The TRACKS organization does a great job maintaining the trails. You can get a full guide of the trails at the Lakeside ranger district.

Springs trail is another great one riding CCW from the trailhead off Sky Hi Rd. Big rocks, drops, roots and a couple of challenging switchback descents. Bring your dropper!

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Los Burros: From parking lot short loop up, then ride CCW.

Timber Mesa: CW from parking lot (the first 3 miles are very challenging with some great exposure and big step up rock features and some fast rocky drops.

Panorama: CW from trailhead.

Land of the Pioneers: CW from trailhead.

Blue Ridge: CW from trailhead (very rocky climb).

Similar Products Used: In the area being a 3-hr radius, here are some other good ones to check out:
Sunrise Ski Resort: DH trails. Lifts run from May to Sep.
Flagstaff: Everything off Mt. Elden.
Sedona: Broken Arrow, High on the Hogs, Slim Shady, Pig Tail.
McDowell Mtn: Bell Pass, Prospector, Dixie Mine.
StingViper5150   Weekend Warrior [Jul 09, 2014]

Just rode this trail for this first time 4th of July weekend 2014. Weather was actually off-and-on rain so it was pretty cool, unlike the rest of AZ in July. This was my first real foresty trail as I'm from San Diego where there aren't many forests in the city. This trail system is relatively easy. It's flat for the most part with a few righteous climbs. A couple of sections get a little technical with rocks, but nothing overly difficult. The trees are amazing and the trail flows really well. There are many trail heads and they all pretty much lead you to the trail loop. I enjoyed this trail and look forward to going back.

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