60 miles
5,971 ft
-5,971 ft
4,042 ft
High Point

CCW Loop from the Kelvin trailhead. Roughly half of this loop is on either graded dirt road or backcountry 2-track/jeep road. Bring a GPS & know how to use it!! The back half of the loop is on the Arizona Trail beginning with the super fun, fast Boulders segment. A short bit of powerline riding brings you to a trail that can be tricky to follow in spots due to well developed game trails in the area. Keep an eye out of rock cairns along the way and follow the track. There is some hike-a-bike, nothing too long. The payoff? Ripsey ridgeline. Arguably the best ridgeline in the state. Enjoy the 5 1/2 mile descent back to the start.

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  • Race Course
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
More Stats for AES: Ripsey Long mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,791 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,116 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,115 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    31 miles
  • Distance down
    25 miles
  • Distance flat
    5 miles
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wrestling cactus
wrestling cactus
0:38 | 160 | comments: 0 | favs:
Nov 3, 2014
mike kuhn run in with a cactus during a few switchbacks #crash
AZT -where it all began
AZT -where it all began
1:04 | 186 | comments: 0 | favs:
Nov 3, 2014
the start of a great few days of riding
train bridge azt
train bridge azt
1:21 | 251 | comments: 0 | favs:
Nov 3, 2014
arizona trail day 3

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

AZT (Tortilla Mountains)
Feb 8, 2018 @ 8:03am
Feb 8, 2018
Lots of cow singletrack
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