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Ridden the "Prescott Four" areas extensively: Spruce Mtn, Lynx Lake, Granite Basin, Thumb Butte and just looking for something different/new. Any suggestions? Have the trail maps, but hard to tell what might be rideable/worth riding from them. Have heard of trails leading from Copper Basin Rd through the golf course all the way to Thumb Butte. Mostly traversing of course, but that's okay if it's a decent ride. What about portions of the Prescott Circle Trail? Not looking for anything astounding, just a change of pace and location once and awhile. Oh, and given my bike and skill level I think I'll pass on the Mingus DH. (for now).
 

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Have you researched the Sharlot Hall maps yet?

My favorite outside the Big Four is the trail that runs along the ridge northwest of Thumb Butte. Hell if I can remember what it's called though. Too many trails in my head. It'll jump out at you on the map. I'm thinking maybe it's called "West Spruce Trail". Definitely a worthy ride.

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Thanks Paul. Is the trail you're talking about the one that drops down from the Sierra Prieta overlook? I'll look at the maps tonight (Sharlot). I also have a guidebook to Prescott and Central Highland trails. Written by a hiker, but useful combined with the Sharlot maps. Any other suggestions?
 

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Yes! It drops off that overlook and heads sort of northeast IIRC. Make a loop by hooking the ends together with forest roads.

There's also a ride called "Sandy's Loop" that Ed Furbush @ Southwest Sounds & Cyclery put together that is VERY nice, involving stuff over by White Rock and heading up toward Iron Springs Road. It's all on the Sharlot maps but impossible to explain.

Another worthy ride, although it's kind of hard to set up, is Yankee Doodle Trail. You have to go up into the Bradshaws to Palace Station, and then ride back up the road to loop it or else shanghai a shuttle driver.

Jim Howery, who posts here as Jm, has the whole area dialed in. I'd rely on him for directions.

Sadly, Prescott needs a LOT of love from me for the next edition. I know where pretty much all the good stuff is now, but really didn't back then. :-(

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You can make a decent ride off of Aspen Creek, trail 48, going down to where it meets 260, climbing up 260 to Mr Francis road, and then back to the beginning of 48 and along 48 back to where you started. The first part of 48 that you ride will be an out and back, then you'll make a loop by doing the 260/48 thing, and then come back on 48. It's pretty fun and there's a couple challenging switchbacks down near where it meets with 260.

There's spruce mountain, it doesn't sound like you are riding that, and there's a very fun roller coaster descent on the 5.5 mile trail back down to Groom Creek. It's not a very long ride, but you could make it way longer by including some sections of the Potato Patch or trail 297 or 299.

There's obviously a lot of trails in Granite Basin, trail 40 is my favorite there and a blast to come down, do it if you have not already.

There's a fun loop that you can do by starting at the China Buffet near costco. Climb on trail 62 (it sucks, but this ride gradually gets better so most of the suckieness is at the beginning) to 7 mile gulch trail, then turn right here past the gate, then continue to the trail 299 junction, turn left here, then continue to Spruce Mountain Road, and continue up it for about a mile and a half, then turn left on trail 297 Smith Ravine, which is a BLAST. This drops you off at the top of trail 305, which is fun as well. Take 305 back to where you came from.

There's a few trails near the overlook on Thumb Butte Road. There's a short single track no longer than a mile that is opposite of the overlook, and you can link it with fire roads to get to another short peice fo singletrack that drops down to where the cattle guard used to be. I'll climb the road and do this route on my DH bike sometimes, but it's not very fun either way, kind of boring. There is also West Spruce trail that is about a mile before the overlook heading in a Northwest direction, this would have to be combined with some fire roads, but it's a good deal more singletrack than the short trail opposite of the overlook.

There's also the White Rock loop. Short and not very exciting, but you can loop it with some other trails in the area to spend a little while longer out there, it's not one of the "big" rides though, but it could be part of a "big ride" in Thumb Butte with the West Spruce trail perhaps.

There's also the Turley Trail. There's some cool sections of this trail, and it's not so damn loose like trail 62. You take Turley Trail to the UPPER portion of trail 62 (basically after all the sucky parts), and then you end up at that 7 mile gulch intersection. You could make a pretty mega ride starting from here. You start at 5500 feet behind the Theater in the Frontier Mall, and you could ride all the way to the top of Spruce Mountain (7700 feet) and then down and up Spruce, and back. This would be about 3500 of climbing, not counting intermediary climbs.
 

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Jm, thanks for the heads up re: Aspen Creek and the Turley Trail. I've looked at connecting to other trails via Turley with interest in the past so glad to hear it's a decent ride.
 

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I don't know if you have gotten out of the Granite basin area to explore the Little granite trail 37. Catch this up Iron springs from the granite basin road. A very nice climb followed by a fun technical, steep descent. It is an out and back (unclimbable by me anyway on the way back). Great views of skull valley. You can also continue on this trail all the way around the Granite mountain wilderness for a huge epic ride. Part of this requires fire road riding. This is probably a 3-5 hour ride. LOTS of cactus.

You can also link a nice loop from 37 (climb) to 40 (nice downhill) (clark springs) to 349 in granite basin. Cut from 349 across the Alto off road area back to where you started for a nice 1-2 hr loop. This saves climbing 40 which verges on masochistic.
 

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I've only done up/down Clark Springs (know about the connection through the OHV area from 349). Never considered 37 past the 40 turnoff. What about 37 up to Blair Pass, west on 38, then back south and east to 37 on 39? Worth the little loop or is 37 better just as an out and back? Don't have much interest in taking 38 out to Contreras Rd and back on Iron Springs. Asphalt drains my legs and spirit much too quickly.
 

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I've only done up/down Clark Springs (know about the connection through the OHV area from 349). Never considered 37 past the 40 turnoff. What about 37 up to Blair Pass, west on 38, then back south and east to 37 on 39? Worth the little loop or is 37 better just as an out and back? Don't have much interest in taking 38 out to Contreras Rd and back on Iron Springs. Asphalt drains my legs and spirit much too quickly.
37 past the 40 turn off is fun and difficult. You climb about 1/4 mile to a beautiful viewpoint, then descend rapidly over about a mile. One of the more technical descents I've found in Prescott. This is the part that is impossible (for me) to climb back up without hike a bike. Out and back on 37 and the loop you describe are both good, unfortunately neither will avoid the killer mile of hike a bike on the way back on 37. Overall, I favor this area for winter rides as it is fairly exposed and hot in summer. Let someone know if you are out there alone also, as cells will not work and there is not a lot of traffic usually.

Another nice ride is the FR 671 just north of the Granite mountain wilderness. It's not singletrack or technical, but the scenery is nice, and it will work you on the hills out and back from Williamson valley. You can connect this to 38 and 37 around the back of Granite.
 

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prescott circle trail...

I have been riding the southern version of 332 starting across the road from the 48 TH. From here I go on 51 to 391. This has been my short loop ride as it is real close to my casa, but today, I plan to forgo my regular "trails are a little wet" ride on 305 and connect from 51 to 322 to 332 (northern version) as far as my "too much time off the bike" legs will take me. I'll report back on this thread after I do. Looking up there from the house, it looks like there might be a light dusting of snow up there.

I am still cluefree on the trails that you guys are talking about near Thumb Butte - I don't see the overlook, West Spruce or any other of the trails mentioned on the sharlot maps - does anyone know the trail #s?

I rode 305 yesterday and there are a couple spots with trees across the trail that are currently unrideable (unless you are Hans Rey). This, combined with the gates and the closed section, really make 305 "flow interruptus."

Anybody know what specific trails in Granite Basin are rideable when wet? (see my post below)
 

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Water water everywhere

I found the overlook and west spruce...

There were some patches of slushy snow on 332 and 51 was alot of stream climbing. Lucky I had my front fender on because there was a lot of water, wet sand and general slop - no clay mud though so it was all rideable. I went up 321 to the creek crossing and pussed out trying to cross it cause it was deep, long and flowing hard. Ended up getting lost, missing the turn off for 322 and ended up looping around copper basin to the overlook 'cause it was getting close to dark...

West spruce (264) looks cool on the map - what is the riding like? Is there any clay out there?
 

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West spruce (264) looks cool on the map - what is the riding like? Is there any clay out there?
Actually a lot of loose rock, but it's a good bit of singletrack, it's a good deal of climbing if you start from Thumb Butte Road, probably better to head up West Spruce road to the trail, do the trail, then climb the rest of the way to the overlook, and take the overlook trail (and others) back down.
 

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Yankee Doodle

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"Another worthy ride, although it's kind of hard to set up, is Yankee Doodle Trail. You have to go up into the Bradshaws to Palace Station, and then ride back up the road to loop it or else shanghai a shuttle driver".

Tell me more. I could care less about looping it. The first few times on any trail an out and back ride always feels like two trails (at least to me). I see where YD intersects Senator Highway. How far south does the trail run? Ran out of map!! If I had to pick one direction from the intersection of trail and rd which way to go? North or south? Looks like north would be more brutal climbing. I browsed the archives and saw the epic ride Jm set up in March but there wasn't any ride report? Jm?
 

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Costco/China Buffet Loop

Jm,

I am heading up to Prescott to ride the Costco loop. How many miles is the loop you described. How long does that normally take you. Is it a pretty fun?

Thanks in advance.
 

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El Guapo said:
Jm,

I am heading up to Prescott to ride the Costco loop. How many miles is the loop you described. How long does that normally take you. Is it a pretty fun?

Thanks in advance.
i do that loop in about three hours the first 2-3 miles suck very rocky after that its good id say its about 20-25 miles ,some spots of 62 up are rideable i do it on my fixie surly its fun
great 13mile down all single track. :
 

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Thanks Dan,

Are those first 2-3 miles hike-a-bike?
well not all of it its just really rocky&loose
i can ride about 60% of it dont know about on a geary check it out.i havent been up that since the last rain.you could always reverse it thats fun to ill be out riding sunday am early
let me know if your around
 

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Thanks Dan,

Are those first 2-3 miles hike-a-bike?
No, 95% of it is ridable, there's 3 major sections that are pretty much undoable, but each is only a few hundred feet long at the most.
 

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I made a custom map of Jm's costco loop - PM me with an email addy to send it to if anybody wants a copy...
 
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