Arizona Trail: Flagstaff to Grand Canyon, Day 2

Flagstaff

Grand Canyon National Park

An undulating and mellow ride through an austere and beautiful landscape that looks like you could be in Wyoming.

Mountain Biking Moderate

Distance
60 km
Ascent
449 m
Descent
782 m
Duration
4-5 hrs
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2.4 km
Gradient
Arizona Trail: Flagstaff to Grand Canyon, Day 2 Map

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.

Description

Day 2

The day begins in ponderosa pine forest and ends in what feels like another world. The first 3 miles are on pleasant singletrack, then you ride along remote doubletrackas you descend toward the CO Bar Ranch, one of the ranches owned by Babbitt Ranches, one of the most respected ranching families in the West that welcomes Arizona Trail users to this remote and beautiful corner of Arizona. You lose 1,500 of elevation within the first 12 miles, then gain back another 500 feet throughout the course of the day. It’s an undulating and mellow ride through an austere and beautiful landscape that looks like you could be in Wyoming. The day finishes at the historic Moqui Station, one of the historic stagecoach stops where visitors would rest their weary bones and probably begin to question if there really was a “grand canyon” out here in the middle of nowhere. Other than an old stone well, there isn’t much left of the station. Ride length is 38 miles.

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Difficulty

Moderate

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability, with unavoidable obstacles 8in/20cm tall or less. Other obstacles such as rock gullies and steep sections may exist. Ideal for lower intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Flow
  • Rock Gardens

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