30 miles
4,135 ft
-4,154 ft
3,562 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!! 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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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
More Stats for AZT: Ripsey Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,785 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,132 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,112 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    15 miles
  • Distance down
    12 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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