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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
Follow the historic stagecoach line from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon during this 100-mile adventure.
Over four days you’ll see terrain as diverse as anywhere in northern Arizona, from the fern and aspen groves of the San Francisco Peaks, to the big sky country across the Babbitt Ranch, and through pinon-juniper forests that lead right up to the South Rim of Grand Canyon.
This is a classic mountain biking route that is ideal for upper beginner and intermediate riders. This AZT Expedition begins on Schultz Creek near Flagstaff, one of the most popular segments of the entire Arizona Trail.
The fast, flowing tread takes you through beautiful pine forest where you’re likely to see hikers, trail runners and other mountain bikers…but the farther north you ride the fewer people you’ll see.
After twisting and turning for the first six miles you’ll cross Snowbowl Road and enter the “yellow brick road” of trails in northern Arizona.
The Arizona Trail winds and bends through lush aspen forests with spectacular views of the San Francisco Peaks.
This is among the final pieces of Arizona Trail to be built, and you’ll feel how much effort went into the design and construction of this amazing trail.
It climbs gently along the slopes of the San Francisco Peak, just outside the wilderness boundary.
Beyond Bismarck Lake the trail descends through a sea of white-bark aspens before arriving at our camp at Kelly Tank.
If you’re not giggling hysterically by the time you hop off your bike, you should ride it again.
Ride length is 23 miles. For more information and to book a tour, visit: http://aztexpeditions.com/arizona-trail-20.html