30 miles
Distance
4,010 ft
Climb
-4,025 ft
Descent
3,564 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. There is one very vague section of primitive 2-track linked into the AZT. Follow & trust the .gpx track!! Bring a GPS & know how to use it!! The back half of the loop is on the Arizona Trail. Trail 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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Details

  • Race Course
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    1
More Stats for AES: Ripsey Short mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,791 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,130 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,116 ft
  • Grade
    -0.009%
  • Grade max
    -30.069%
  • Grade min
    31.532%
  • Distance climb
    14 miles
  • Distance down
    12 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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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 | 187 | 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

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