19.4 miles
Distance
2,895 ft
Climb
-2,715 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

Testing out what an elden-hart loop would look like.

Detailed Description
Aortic aneurysm is a 19 mile less popular intermediate route located near Flagstaff Arizona. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 16 trails. This route climbs 2,895 ft with a max elevation of 9,155 ft then descends -2,715 ft.
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113 Reviews & Comments

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robertellisw (Aug 23, 2022 at 19:16)
I honestly don't understand how trails are rated here in Flag anymore. Jedi is a black, but really a blue. But Heart is a blue with some sketchy exposure. And the Schultz creek climb is a green? At the end of the day it's seems to be relative and doesn't really matter anymore. Forces of nature is challenging, especially if it's the end of a long ride.
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robertellisw (Aug 23, 2022 at 19:16)
I honestly don't understand how trails are rated here in Flag anymore. Jedi is a black, but really a blue. But Heart is a blue with some sketchy exposure. And the Schultz creek climb is a green? At the end of the day it's seems to be relative and doesn't really matter anymore. Forces of nature is challenging, especially if it's the end of a long ride.
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WillieJacobsz TRAILFORKS (Aug 24, 2022 at 3:12)
On the trail's page you can record your own rating for each trail, which will help other.
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WillieJacobsz TRAILFORKS (Aug 24, 2022 at 3:12)
On the trail's page you can record your own rating for each trail, which will help other.
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autoxer (May 30, 2022 at 14:52)
Believe the comments. There is no way that this is a blue trail in my opinion (and I'm a local, used to "Flagstaff blue trails". I only rode the eastern part of the trail, and was also heading east. I was with another rider that regularly rides black trails with relative ease. We both spent most of the time pushing our bikes. I knew what I was getting into, so oh well... but if someone was just looking for a blue trail in the area on Trailforks, I bet they would not enjoy this trail at all.

On another note, this has some very overgrown sections on an already narrow trail. We got scraped up pretty good by branches, bushes, and even cacti. I won't be heading back to this trail any time soon.
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autoxer (May 30, 2022 at 14:52)
Believe the comments. There is no way that this is a blue trail in my opinion (and I'm a local, used to "Flagstaff blue trails". I only rode the eastern part of the trail, and was also heading east. I was with another rider that regularly rides black trails with relative ease. We both spent most of the time pushing our bikes. I knew what I was getting into, so oh well... but if someone was just looking for a blue trail in the area on Trailforks, I bet they would not enjoy this trail at all.

On another note, this has some very overgrown sections on an already narrow trail. We got scraped up pretty good by branches, bushes, and even cacti. I won't be heading back to this trail any time soon.
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Jameswilliamjones (May 24, 2022 at 12:52)
Rode it yesterday. Road crew waved me through. It’s open. Saw another cyclist at the top.
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Jameswilliamjones (May 24, 2022 at 12:52)
Rode it yesterday. Road crew waved me through. It’s open. Saw another cyclist at the top.
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Stevewrong (Nov 9, 2021 at 20:16)
Very nice trail from the intersection with upper oldman down. Above upper oldman was quite the challenge.
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Stevewrong (Nov 9, 2021 at 20:16)
Very nice trail from the intersection with upper oldman down. Above upper oldman was quite the challenge.
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Challis1 (Oct 21, 2021 at 7:35)
Rode this from Sandy Seep jct to Little Bear. Very nice job with the routing. A few fun and easy rocky sections and also some short flowy spots. Overall a good access trail but also fun by itself.
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Challis1 (Oct 21, 2021 at 7:35)
Rode this from Sandy Seep jct to Little Bear. Very nice job with the routing. A few fun and easy rocky sections and also some short flowy spots. Overall a good access trail but also fun by itself.
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Challis1 (Oct 20, 2021 at 18:42)
Trail Heart
Rode it today. Fantastic trail. Standing ovation for those involved in the construction. Fun from top to bottom.
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Challis1 (Oct 20, 2021 at 18:42)
Trail Heart
Rode it today. Fantastic trail. Standing ovation for those involved in the construction. Fun from top to bottom.
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raisingarizona (Oct 16, 2021 at 14:52)
Trail Heart
Hearts in good shape right now. Sure there’s more teeth then when it was brand new and hadn’t seen rain but what would you expect? It’s mountain biking after all.
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raisingarizona (Oct 16, 2021 at 14:52)
Trail Heart
Hearts in good shape right now. Sure there’s more teeth then when it was brand new and hadn’t seen rain but what would you expect? It’s mountain biking after all.
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MTchick (Sep 6, 2021 at 10:42)
Trail Heart
Rains haven’t helped. Compared to a year ago it just isn’t as fun. Edges are breaking away, mostly rock gardens. Still a good rip down but doesn’t have the mojo of last fall. Climbing is more challenging due to the lack of structure and all the small rocks that have covered it.
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MTchick (Sep 6, 2021 at 10:42)
Trail Heart
Rains haven’t helped. Compared to a year ago it just isn’t as fun. Edges are breaking away, mostly rock gardens. Still a good rip down but doesn’t have the mojo of last fall. Climbing is more challenging due to the lack of structure and all the small rocks that have covered it.
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PNvJeF (Sep 2, 2021 at 13:00)
Is this road still closed? I was planning on driving up to Sunset trail. First time in the area. Thanks guys!
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PNvJeF (Sep 2, 2021 at 13:00)
Is this road still closed? I was planning on driving up to Sunset trail. First time in the area. Thanks guys!
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ponderosatrey (Sep 4, 2021 at 20:59)
Yeah still closed
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ponderosatrey (Sep 4, 2021 at 20:59)
Yeah still closed
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Ob1matt (Jun 29, 2021 at 9:30)
Little to nothing has regrown in the burn area. We need rain.
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Ob1matt (Jun 29, 2021 at 9:30)
Little to nothing has regrown in the burn area. We need rain.
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Ampfrog (Jun 21, 2021 at 1:19)
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Ampfrog (Jun 21, 2021 at 1:19)
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Ampfrog (Jun 21, 2021 at 1:09)
Rode this wb from Mt Elden TH/access climb, first downhill section is fun! (Very rocky/techy, but fun!) The climbing after definitely requires some focus/power/good line choice.
I would agree most of it is blue/advanced blue features, but because the trail is very densely packed with back-to-back-to-back features, it ends up feeling like black diamond effort, especially if you get any part of a line wrong and have to walk 10-15 ft for a spot to start riding again.
Definitely good skill training and good workout; can use Pipeline/roads/bike path below this trail to bypass if looking for an easier connector for a long loop around Elden.
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Ampfrog (Jun 21, 2021 at 1:09)
Rode this wb from Mt Elden TH/access climb, first downhill section is fun! (Very rocky/techy, but fun!) The climbing after definitely requires some focus/power/good line choice.
I would agree most of it is blue/advanced blue features, but because the trail is very densely packed with back-to-back-to-back features, it ends up feeling like black diamond effort, especially if you get any part of a line wrong and have to walk 10-15 ft for a spot to start riding again.
Definitely good skill training and good workout; can use Pipeline/roads/bike path below this trail to bypass if looking for an easier connector for a long loop around Elden.
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Ampfrog (Jul 22, 2022 at 2:44)
After riding many more blue and black diamond tech trails around AZ, suggest leaving this as blue. Thinking this is black diamond may lead some riders into trying other trails that actually have serious consequences if a section is botched. This is not representative of what black diamond trails consist of.
It is a really good hardcore training blue tech trail, love it or hate it.
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Ampfrog (Jul 22, 2022 at 2:44)
After riding many more blue and black diamond tech trails around AZ, suggest leaving this as blue. Thinking this is black diamond may lead some riders into trying other trails that actually have serious consequences if a section is botched. This is not representative of what black diamond trails consist of.
It is a really good hardcore training blue tech trail, love it or hate it.
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Ampfrog (Jul 22, 2022 at 3:13)
Check out www.trailforks.com/route/mt-elden-tech-loop if look for more of the same Smile
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Ampfrog (Jul 22, 2022 at 3:13)
Check out www.trailforks.com/route/mt-elden-tech-loop if look for more of the same Smile
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Escottimilhizer (May 15, 2021 at 10:04)
This trail is fantastic. It’s fast, rocky and slightly technical. I spent the last two weeks riding all around Vegas, Gooseberry Mesa and Sedona and this was my favorite trail of the trip. If you like flow mixed with a little rowdiness, this trail is for you.
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Escottimilhizer (May 15, 2021 at 10:04)
This trail is fantastic. It’s fast, rocky and slightly technical. I spent the last two weeks riding all around Vegas, Gooseberry Mesa and Sedona and this was my favorite trail of the trip. If you like flow mixed with a little rowdiness, this trail is for you.
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JConnell (Apr 6, 2021 at 6:42)
Ponderosatrey, thanks for the info. Follow up: What process do admins use in considering community consensus, rather than personal opinion?
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JConnell (Apr 6, 2021 at 6:42)
Ponderosatrey, thanks for the info. Follow up: What process do admins use in considering community consensus, rather than personal opinion?
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ponderosatrey (Apr 7, 2021 at 22:05)
Admins or contributors use local and visitors feedback and knowledge to rate the trails. Now that I see the rest of the comments mostly in agreement with the harder rating, I will update the info with a better description soon. Might also get an admin to break the trail into blue(Western part) and black(Eastern Part) segments so the trail is more accurately reflected. Thanks for the feedback, it always is helpful to get it.
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ponderosatrey (Apr 7, 2021 at 22:05)
Admins or contributors use local and visitors feedback and knowledge to rate the trails. Now that I see the rest of the comments mostly in agreement with the harder rating, I will update the info with a better description soon. Might also get an admin to break the trail into blue(Western part) and black(Eastern Part) segments so the trail is more accurately reflected. Thanks for the feedback, it always is helpful to get it.
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JConnell (Apr 5, 2021 at 6:14)
Agree with all others who rate this one as a black. In fact, when traveling west to east there is one move that is probably a double black, as I’ve never cleaned it.

How do ratings get adjusted on this platform anyway?
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JConnell (Apr 5, 2021 at 6:14)
Agree with all others who rate this one as a black. In fact, when traveling west to east there is one move that is probably a double black, as I’ve never cleaned it.

How do ratings get adjusted on this platform anyway?
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ponderosatrey (Apr 5, 2021 at 10:51)
Trailforks is a user build database, admins are typically the ones to edit trails. I have ridden this trail many times, it is overall blue with one or two black moves. Those moves are next to Fatmans Loop but are a small section of the trail. The current rating is reflective of the trail overall. Also, there are no double black moves on this trail, not even close. Double black is Happy Ending on Private Reserve
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ponderosatrey (Apr 5, 2021 at 10:51)
Trailforks is a user build database, admins are typically the ones to edit trails. I have ridden this trail many times, it is overall blue with one or two black moves. Those moves are next to Fatmans Loop but are a small section of the trail. The current rating is reflective of the trail overall. Also, there are no double black moves on this trail, not even close. Double black is Happy Ending on Private Reserve
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machoprincess (Jan 9, 2021 at 8:51)
The blue rating is accurate. Not being a flow trail doesn't make it black. Nothing high consequence. Just a lot of rocks. Slow down, pick a line, now you're mountain biking.
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machoprincess (Jan 9, 2021 at 8:51)
The blue rating is accurate. Not being a flow trail doesn't make it black. Nothing high consequence. Just a lot of rocks. Slow down, pick a line, now you're mountain biking.
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ForrestFanara (Nov 3, 2020 at 19:20)
Trail Heart
Great trail, beautiful views. A couple moderate technical turns near the top with some black diamond exposure. Excited to ride it again and roll through with some more speed. Exposure made it a little sketchy on a hardtail in a few fast bumpy spots.
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ForrestFanara (Nov 3, 2020 at 19:20)
Trail Heart
Great trail, beautiful views. A couple moderate technical turns near the top with some black diamond exposure. Excited to ride it again and roll through with some more speed. Exposure made it a little sketchy on a hardtail in a few fast bumpy spots.
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raisingarizona (Oct 29, 2020 at 13:22)
Trail Heart
It’s not a flow trail, it’s a multi use trail built with modern day trail construction standards to be sustainable. Flagstaff is so trapped in 1997 though that a lot of folks don’t know the difference.
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raisingarizona (Oct 29, 2020 at 13:22)
Trail Heart
It’s not a flow trail, it’s a multi use trail built with modern day trail construction standards to be sustainable. Flagstaff is so trapped in 1997 though that a lot of folks don’t know the difference.
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Adventuredude (Oct 24, 2020 at 14:52)
Trail Heart
Though lacking in features of a true flow trail, this is a step in the right direction for Flagstaff trail,improvements. It is built much more sustainably than the previous version. Some improvements to make it 5 star world class would be sizable berms so minimal braking is necessary, pump berms for the smile and fun factor. 3.5 /5stars.
The exposure will vary in how it affects people, I did not even notice it honestly.
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Adventuredude (Oct 24, 2020 at 14:52)
Trail Heart
Though lacking in features of a true flow trail, this is a step in the right direction for Flagstaff trail,improvements. It is built much more sustainably than the previous version. Some improvements to make it 5 star world class would be sizable berms so minimal braking is necessary, pump berms for the smile and fun factor. 3.5 /5stars.
The exposure will vary in how it affects people, I did not even notice it honestly.
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jray152 (Oct 11, 2020 at 9:01)
Trail Heart
This is a flow trail. There are NO technical features. No drops. No rock rolls. No rock gardens. It is rated black because it is exposed single track and has potential for high speeds if you let off the brakes. The bottom is much like Sedona, hard pack clay with some sandy turns.
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jray152 (Oct 11, 2020 at 9:01)
Trail Heart
This is a flow trail. There are NO technical features. No drops. No rock rolls. No rock gardens. It is rated black because it is exposed single track and has potential for high speeds if you let off the brakes. The bottom is much like Sedona, hard pack clay with some sandy turns.
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Samgreene (Oct 1, 2020 at 8:58)
Epic ride!
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Samgreene (Oct 1, 2020 at 8:53)
Trail Heart
Flowy and fast if you have the stomach for it! Moderate exposure much of the upper trail. No cliffs, just a constant hill to roll down. Rode up the lookout road, which was pleasant, as part of a loop around the mountain. Altitude destroyed me, as I’m from lower elevations and this was my first day here. Also haven’t done a 3k day in a while. Christmas tree and other trails on east side were also a blast!
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Samgreene (Oct 1, 2020 at 8:53)
Trail Heart
Flowy and fast if you have the stomach for it! Moderate exposure much of the upper trail. No cliffs, just a constant hill to roll down. Rode up the lookout road, which was pleasant, as part of a loop around the mountain. Altitude destroyed me, as I’m from lower elevations and this was my first day here. Also haven’t done a 3k day in a while. Christmas tree and other trails on east side were also a blast!
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BasedGawd (Sep 26, 2020 at 22:00)
Trail Heart
Absolutely fantastic. Definitely the most "epic" feeling trail on Elden, even if it's not as gnarly as private reserve. A great mix of intermediate tech & fast flow. One of those trails that's difficulty is really determined by how hard you ride it, and it is fairly exposed. Best to park 1 car on Elden lookout th, and another at the base of Elden.
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BasedGawd (Sep 26, 2020 at 22:00)
Trail Heart
Absolutely fantastic. Definitely the most "epic" feeling trail on Elden, even if it's not as gnarly as private reserve. A great mix of intermediate tech & fast flow. One of those trails that's difficulty is really determined by how hard you ride it, and it is fairly exposed. Best to park 1 car on Elden lookout th, and another at the base of Elden.
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WinDiesel (Sep 12, 2020 at 16:37)
Great trail north of the Oldham Intersection. Not worth doing the southern/top section. More of a hiking trail than a bike trail.
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WinDiesel (Sep 12, 2020 at 16:37)
Great trail north of the Oldham Intersection. Not worth doing the southern/top section. More of a hiking trail than a bike trail.
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danhiris (Aug 30, 2020 at 23:07)
not the best way to go the new heart trail, which is amazing. Best to start at sunset trailhead and go left after to go back to Schultz tank.
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danhiris (Aug 30, 2020 at 23:04)
This trail would be good if you could pedal. It's a constant hitting pedals into rocks
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danhiris (Aug 30, 2020 at 23:04)
This trail would be good if you could pedal. It's a constant hitting pedals into rocks
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danhiris (Aug 30, 2020 at 22:55)
Trail Heart
This is the trail that combines fun with views. For a while I thought I was in Sedona, but with at a much higher altitude
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danhiris (Aug 30, 2020 at 22:55)
Trail Heart
This is the trail that combines fun with views. For a while I thought I was in Sedona, but with at a much higher altitude
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PGomersall (Aug 19, 2020 at 12:48)
Trail Heart
Just rode down Heart this morning. Came up Schultz, Climb3 and upper Sunset. Came back up Elden Springs. It was very hot today.
Fantastic trail, probably the best in the Flag\Sedona area in my opinion. The trail team have done a fantastic job to route and work to get this open.
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PGomersall (Aug 19, 2020 at 12:48)
Trail Heart
Just rode down Heart this morning. Came up Schultz, Climb3 and upper Sunset. Came back up Elden Springs. It was very hot today.
Fantastic trail, probably the best in the Flag\Sedona area in my opinion. The trail team have done a fantastic job to route and work to get this open.
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PGomersall (Aug 17, 2020 at 11:27)
Trail Heart
Anyone rode up Heart yet; just wondering what sort of undertaking this is?
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PGomersall (Aug 17, 2020 at 11:27)
Trail Heart
Anyone rode up Heart yet; just wondering what sort of undertaking this is?
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ponderosatrey (Aug 17, 2020 at 11:50)
Trail Heart
It is all ride-able but towards the top you might have to walk a few very short sections
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ponderosatrey (Aug 17, 2020 at 11:50)
Trail Heart
It is all ride-able but towards the top you might have to walk a few very short sections
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KenKilmurray (Aug 4, 2020 at 13:53)
Not a Blue trail by any means. At least a third is Black for very techy, boulder uphill. Glad I rode platform pedals for all the walking.Next time I'll bypass this section of I do the Elden Loop again. Worth doing as a single segment ride if you plan to session sections or ride it as a regular for a tough challenge.
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KenKilmurray (Aug 4, 2020 at 13:53)
Not a Blue trail by any means. At least a third is Black for very techy, boulder uphill. Glad I rode platform pedals for all the walking.Next time I'll bypass this section of I do the Elden Loop again. Worth doing as a single segment ride if you plan to session sections or ride it as a regular for a tough challenge.
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zambonix (May 6, 2020 at 22:21)
I really enjoyed this trail, but I'm always eager to be humbled by technical trails, and the landscape is cool; big, rounded boulders in the forest.

That said, if you called this a "black/blue" I'd think you were a sandbagger but keep my mouth shut. Calling this "blue" is just a lie. I don't care how sick the locals are, the fact that y'all think nothing of this trail doesn't change that a huge portion of it qualifies as constant, low-grade rock garden. Sure, there's no big moves, no exposure, not even very many pointy plants (although the rocks look like they'd hurt to fall on). But if I lived here there would definitely be days I picked the parallel roads, over taking this one home. Not a stroll in the park.

Couldn't get "For those about to rock, we salute you" out of my head the whole time I rode it.
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zambonix (May 6, 2020 at 22:21)
I really enjoyed this trail, but I'm always eager to be humbled by technical trails, and the landscape is cool; big, rounded boulders in the forest.

That said, if you called this a "black/blue" I'd think you were a sandbagger but keep my mouth shut. Calling this "blue" is just a lie. I don't care how sick the locals are, the fact that y'all think nothing of this trail doesn't change that a huge portion of it qualifies as constant, low-grade rock garden. Sure, there's no big moves, no exposure, not even very many pointy plants (although the rocks look like they'd hurt to fall on). But if I lived here there would definitely be days I picked the parallel roads, over taking this one home. Not a stroll in the park.

Couldn't get "For those about to rock, we salute you" out of my head the whole time I rode it.
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enduromtb21 (Apr 30, 2020 at 20:09)
Yes it finally opened
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enduromtb21 (Apr 30, 2020 at 20:09)
Yes it finally opened
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ponderosatrey (Apr 21, 2020 at 12:40)
@SethyMcclue The museum fire scorched the area and it is closed for the foreseeable future
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ponderosatrey (Apr 21, 2020 at 12:40)
@SethyMcclue The museum fire scorched the area and it is closed for the foreseeable future
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enduromtb21 (Apr 20, 2020 at 13:28)
Why is the trail closed?
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enduromtb21 (Apr 20, 2020 at 13:28)
Why is the trail closed?
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skylerrainer (Sep 24, 2019 at 7:26)
Is the look out road still closed
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skylerrainer (Sep 24, 2019 at 7:26)
Is the look out road still closed
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andy-legrunge (Sep 5, 2019 at 21:20)
I consider myself an “advanced intermediate” rider and always thought this was a fun and reasonably mellow forest romp. Lots of exciting features if you look around and take your time. Getting lost is part of the fun Smile A few tough sections, no doubt, but it’s mostly good tech flow.
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andy-legrunge (Sep 5, 2019 at 21:20)
I consider myself an “advanced intermediate” rider and always thought this was a fun and reasonably mellow forest romp. Lots of exciting features if you look around and take your time. Getting lost is part of the fun Smile A few tough sections, no doubt, but it’s mostly good tech flow.
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JConnell (Aug 11, 2019 at 7:43)
Not sure why this remains a blue on this and the other popular MTB app. Techy and punchy. Little flow. Some really tough moves in spots.
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JConnell (Aug 11, 2019 at 7:43)
Not sure why this remains a blue on this and the other popular MTB app. Techy and punchy. Little flow. Some really tough moves in spots.
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ponderosatrey (Jun 19, 2019 at 19:22)
Fun trail for advanced riders, super techy in some spots and nice scenery. I love it!
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ponderosatrey (Jun 19, 2019 at 19:22)
Fun trail for advanced riders, super techy in some spots and nice scenery. I love it!
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KCPro (Feb 22, 2019 at 12:00)
One of my favorite trails on the eastside of Flag. Several technical punchy short climbs that take practice but all shredable. Great way to get over to the southside AZT or on around Mt. Elden to Little Bear then up to the water tanks and Schultz Pass.
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KCPro (Feb 22, 2019 at 12:00)
One of my favorite trails on the eastside of Flag. Several technical punchy short climbs that take practice but all shredable. Great way to get over to the southside AZT or on around Mt. Elden to Little Bear then up to the water tanks and Schultz Pass.
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CalebHill2001 (Aug 18, 2018 at 20:54)
Not a well maintained trail.
It is overgrown and very narrow. You will probably end up hiking a good 3 miles of the trail
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CalebHill2001 (Aug 18, 2018 at 20:54)
Not a well maintained trail.
It is overgrown and very narrow. You will probably end up hiking a good 3 miles of the trail
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csheets (Aug 18, 2018 at 13:12)
Don’t believe the hype. This trail is in my top three worst trails I’ve ever ridden. It is super tech in a lot of the sections and it’s relentless. One mistake and you have to walk for 5 minutes because there is no place to get back on and get moving. Tons of rocks that are just tall enough to hit your peddles on every peddle stroke and rocks so tight you can’t squeeze you peddle between to ride. In my opinion avid this trail.
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csheets (Aug 18, 2018 at 13:12)
Don’t believe the hype. This trail is in my top three worst trails I’ve ever ridden. It is super tech in a lot of the sections and it’s relentless. One mistake and you have to walk for 5 minutes because there is no place to get back on and get moving. Tons of rocks that are just tall enough to hit your peddles on every peddle stroke and rocks so tight you can’t squeeze you peddle between to ride. In my opinion avid this trail.
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Thomasbenko (May 9, 2018 at 10:53)
Very dry, some small rocks, branches. Those are tough!
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Thomasbenko (May 9, 2018 at 10:53)
Very dry, some small rocks, branches. Those are tough!
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flagrfr (Feb 8, 2018 at 18:59)
Trail Night Ranger
Really flowy and fast trail - great throughout with some small jumps
In this area there are a whole lot of very short but fun tracks and jump lines, kind of a community network
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SWriverstone (Dec 8, 2017 at 15:16)
This may be a "blue" trail by Arizona standards, but I'm a competent rider (been riding over a decade) and I'd rate this trail a solid single black diamond (with double black diamonds in sections)—at least the eastern half of the trail (which is what I rode). The trail has zero flow, is super tight and twisty, and several sections demand trials-riding skill (I walked those). Don't get me wrong—it's a great trail and I enjoyed it (even if I walked a third of it), but on a nationwide scale, it's not even remotely "intermediate." So intermediate riders, be warned! :-)
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SWriverstone (Dec 8, 2017 at 15:16)
This may be a "blue" trail by Arizona standards, but I'm a competent rider (been riding over a decade) and I'd rate this trail a solid single black diamond (with double black diamonds in sections)—at least the eastern half of the trail (which is what I rode). The trail has zero flow, is super tight and twisty, and several sections demand trials-riding skill (I walked those). Don't get me wrong—it's a great trail and I enjoyed it (even if I walked a third of it), but on a nationwide scale, it's not even remotely "intermediate." So intermediate riders, be warned! :-)
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  • Bike type
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  • Ridelogs
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More Stats for Aortic aneurysm mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    180 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,958 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,151 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,333 ft
  • Grade
    0.2%
  • Grade max
    -42.3%
  • Grade min
    40.6%
  • Distance climb
    10 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    5,203 ft
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