64.5 miles
3,006 ft
-3,003 ft
4,016 ft
High Point

This is a great route to get introduced to bikepacking in the backcountry. It's designed as a counter-clockwise loop. Water is scarce on this route, but there is a bear box along the Arizona Trail at the Freeman Rd. trailhead, so caching water ahead of time may be wise. If planning to wild camp along this route, most of the land is State Trust Land and requires a recreation permit. They can be obtained online here: https://asld.secure.force.com/recreationalpermit/
If camping along the AZT corridor, a permit is not required.

This route is gravel bike friendly with the occasional patch of sand or rocks. Ideal for hardtail mountain bikes. E-Bikes are not permitted as a good portion of this route uses the non-motorized Arizona Nat'l Scenic Trail, AZT.

Route is approx. 50 miles of dirt roads, 13 miles of singletrack and 1 mile paved.

Detailed Description
Bikepacking 101: 96 Ranch - AZT Loop is a 64 mile popular intermediate route located near Florence Arizona. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 3 trails. This route climbs 3,006 ft with a max elevation of 4,016 ft then descends -3,003 ft.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
  • Route Type
  • Bikepacking
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    XC, Gravel
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Bikepacking 101: 96 Ranch - AZT Loop mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    14 hr 9 min
  • Altitude min
    2,607 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,696 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,700 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    32 miles
  • Distance down
    26 miles
  • Distance flat
    6 miles
Avg: 5 (2 votes)
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