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In the next week or so I will be headed up camping near payson off the forest road 300 and want to ride up there. I have been looking through my mountain bike america arizona book. My question is there any other trails in the area besides the ones listed. The ones in the book seem to be labeled as technical and some of the people I am going to be riding with are fairly new to cycling. Im decent but I wouldnt say I'm overly confident with my skills even for these trails. They have me a little worried. If you have any suggestions let me know as well as where to find maps and info on how to locate the trails. Thanks in advance.
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google Coconino National Forest and you will find a ton of 'official informaiton' regarding the trails in that area. At some point as you move east from Hwy 87 along 300, I believe you cross in to Apache-Sitgreaves NF, check them too.
 

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Check the threads for Cabin Loop on this forum. Also go to mtbikeaz.com for maps and descriptions.
 

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There are some really nice trails off the 300 up on the rim. If you have beginners with you..definitely stay away from military sinkhole and the Highline trail. They are awesome trails for sure, but anyone new to riding will not have fun.

My suggestions: Carr Lake System, Willow Springs Lake Loop. You can find info for both of these on my blog. These trails are both combos of singletrack and doubletrack. Perfect for introducing new riders to the mountains.

You could also venture to the Fred Haught trail of the Cabin Loop. You may want to shuttle it though because an out n-back would be a long day for new riders. It's flowing and beautiful. Not too much tech or climbing, but it has its moments. Especially the north section. But you could bypass it with a Forest road connection.

Stop in at Hike Bike and run in Payson and ask Mick too. He is full of great trail advice for the rim.
 

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Thanks for all the great advice!! I'll be doing all of the above listed to figure out whats best suited for us!!
 

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well we rode the willow springs lake loop. there is zero difficulty besides riding in the elevation!! good for new riders but definitally less difficult thann the book I have rates it. I will be looking forward to trying others out this summer when I head back up!!
 

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I rode the carr lake system, a portion of the see canyon trail and all of the pine canyon trail(crazy hard)...all good stuff. stay tuned for a complete ride report. Threre's lots of riding up there;)
 

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azjonboy said:
Check the threads for Cabin Loop on this forum. Also go to mtbikeaz.com for maps and descriptions.
'nother vote for the Cabin Springs Loop. There is an `17 and 21 mile option. Pretty remote (meaning you won't see many people), but a great thigh burning time!
 

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there is zero difficulty besides riding in the elevation!! good for new riders but definitally less difficult thann the book I have rates it.
Here's the formula I use:

Trial Books Difficultly Rating / 2 = More Realistic Rating
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... and all of the pine canyon trail(crazy hard)...all good stuff. stay tuned for a complete ride report. There's lots of riding up there;)
LDB where's that ride report? I hiked Pine Canyon a few weeks ago and I was imagining I was on the bike the whole time. I bet the drop in off the rim was uber gnarly. :eekster: How much was actually ridable?
 

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The ride report is here!!! Latedropbob.com

Sorry for the redirect, but I'm not writing that all again. Thanks for visiting ahead of time. A short synopsis... It was a grueling fun afternoon on the rim. The DH was sweet and tech, some downed trees, the traverse around to the Highline trail head...a b!tch.
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Bob, you hit all the cool spots lately it seems.
 
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