Little Elden -> Christmas Tree Shuttle

Flagstaff

An epic bang-for-the-buck shuttle from Schultz Pass to the mall in Flagstaff.

Mountain Biking Moderate

Distance
13 km
Ascent
128 m
Descent
471 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.1 km
High Point
2.4 km
Gradient
Little Elden -> Christmas Tree Shuttle Map

Looking for a worthwhile shuttle in the Flagstaff? There may not be many options, but this ride connects Schultz Pass to the visitor center or mall just north of Flagstaff for an epic bang-for-the-buck trail ride with less than 500' of climbing and nearly 1,500' of descent. Worthwhile for both the rider and driver, there are also plenty of options to add in a few extra miles along the way. You'll enjoy an easy and groomed downhill through mountainside slopes shaded by pine, then wander through open meadows lined with wildflowers. Best enjoyed between spring and fall, this ride may be your new favorite shuttle in northern Arizona.

Description

To begin this ride, make your way to Schultz Tank on Schultz Pass Road, about 20 minutes from downtown Flagstaff. There are no restrooms or facilities available, so plan accordingly before you leave. The parking area can host dozens of cars and has enough space for larger vehicles, campers, or even small trailers to accommodate equestrian users. The drive there is mostly gravel once you are within the national forest, but it's well-maintained and suitable for most passenger vehicles.

According to this source, the nearby peak was named after John Elden, "an early settler who arrived in the area in 1875," just prior to the founding of Flagstaff. "In 1887, his son was shot and killed, apparently as part of a dispute over the use of water at a nearby spring," of which Elden Spring was named in his honor. His son's gravesite is not far from the spring, though the family ultimately relocated to California following the incident. For residents and visitors of Flagstaff, the namesake trail is now one of the most popular rides in the region.

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, November

Features

  • Flow
  • Technical
  • Picturesque
  • Shuttle-run
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Wet-weather friendly
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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