Outlaw Trail - TRAIL

Outlaw Trail - Trail, Springerville, Arizona

This is a new trail, not even dedicated by the Forest Service when I rode it. It starts at about 9000 ft elevation and meanders across the high country meadows and for 15 miles before heading down into Water Canyon to the trailhead there outside of Springerville. The trail across the meadows is about half single track and half 2 track that is seldom used but maintained by the FS. There are some good downhill thrills in this section, twice winding through large groves of aspen, but mostly it is a real sweat to get over the meadows and up to the point where you can start down. Here it gets really fun as the trail is newly graded and rough with lots of bumps, some water bars and switchbacks. Part of the fear is waiting for the mountain lion or wolves or bears to attack. This country has plenty of them all. The trail is easy to follow with good markings. You are really out here alone with no sign of other humans. At each fence, they have these neat bike cattle guards that you can roll over at top speed. This trail needs riders. The FS is really trying to please the mtn bikers with this trail. They went to a lot of work and this is a good one. I may have been the 3rd one on it. The only down side is the slightly too deep gravel on some of the uphill 2 track. I think it should pack down over time, but the cows tramp in it too. The altitude makes you suck wind, but it''s too beautiful and remote to care how much it costs to ride it. It is undiscovered so far.

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AZ.MTNS   Cross Country Rider [Aug 08, 2009]

This trail is commonly known as the Overland Trail . If you ride this trail from east to west you start with a 5 mile ascent wit a 1500 ft. elevation gain . This trail is rarely used , is by no means buff and because of the climb and elevation is very challenging .

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Water Canyon Road in the town of Eager. Take Mountain Ave. south from 260 for 1 1/4 miles and turn right , traveling west for 1/8 mile turn left onto Water Canyon Road and travel south for 3 1/2 miles , trailhead is on your right .

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