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High Desert MTBer
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I just found this thread Chad, makes me look forward to the Jamboree next week! I actually just posted a trail description for the Upper Jav loop here too. Maybe that will attract a few people to the playground :)
 

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Discussion Starter #46 (Edited)
Thought it was about time for another must do ride in Arizona...

#11 Area 52, Florence
It's tough to really imagine how big this place really is...I will let the pictures do the talking. This place is a bigger bike jungle of slickrock that some of us racer types can only pretend to handle. That said, the lighting each year time I go out here is unbelievable. This is the best time of year to venture out there as the place is exploding with color. A few pictures from this weeks bikepacking trip.

<a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/kxDsS8i9dMLszdyzPrBQqg?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_uHA7x5GGi4g/TZulmftQF0I/AAAAAAAAABQ/8k4grwg_zjc/s800/IMG_2796.jpg" height="600" width="800" /></a>


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<a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/106563358014917270584/Area52?feat=embedwebsite#5592245456628310274"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_uHA7x5GGi4g/TZulnSMfYQI/AAAAAAAAABg/9xKMv5VTxY0/s800/IMG_2812.jpg" height="600" width="800" /></a>

Each time I ride out here, I always mumble the same two things: <span style="font-style: italic;">this place is going to be one day famous and why is that I only visit this place twice a year!?</span>

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<a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_YRyBw8VoSRv31eGBUYQKw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_uHA7x5GGi4g/TZulouZ5IWI/AAAAAAAAABs/5VHoytjyCkU/s800/IMG_2836.jpg" height="600" width="800" /></a>

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<div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Next three photos by Scott Morris</span>
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Get out and ride somewhere different (as I know only about 10 people that have ridden out here). :thumbsup:
 

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High Desert MTBer
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# 10, my backyard! I am hugely fortunate to be able to ride up there from my house in 20 mins. I was just up Upper Javelina at the weekend after being away for a couple of weeks, and it was so good. I totally got in the zone on the way up, managed more than most other times, and the way back down was just smooth and flowing, just the ticket for a great ride! I love them rocks!
 

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This thread needs to be a sticky!

Glad to knock another one off the list. It looks like Ripsey needs to be on the radar now...:thumbsup:
 

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pedaller
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Thanks for the thread bump Noel, I hadn't perused this one in a while. I'm up to 5 out of 11 knocked off the list. Heading out to roll Ripsey again this weekend!!
When you heading out there? What's the mileage, route, out-n-back? How's the catclaw, trail, etc?

I'm thinking of heading out there again on Sunday and thinking of hitting Ripsey or even a PP repeat.

AZ Trail goodness....:cool:
 

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Moving to Flagstaff soon and am slobbering all over myself looking over the top ten.Incredible resource. Can`t wait to sink my teeth into some of that singletrack! Thank you thank you thank you!
 
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