16 miles
Distance
1,773 ft
Climb
-1,774 ft
Descent
3,371 ft
High Point

This is my favorite Prospector-Church Rocks loop when I am just rolling into town, and want to get to some great trails fast. The prospector trail is mostly a slow grind up and with some minor ups and downs, but provides a perfect fast flowing end to the ride. Once you get to the church rocks area, I like to at least do the little double loop that takes you up on Brackens and drops you down the steep and loose little switchbacks back to the Church Rocks main loop. The Main loop has several loop options, and depending on time, water, fatigue it is fun to do different loop options.

If you really want to extend this ride, you can do the Dino Cliffs Out-n-Back, but just know that most return options are not great. Some deep sand and crappy old 4x4 roads await you on loop options beyond Brackens.

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Trails in Route

Church Rocks2 miles
Prospector3 miles
Cottonwood397 ft
Prospector3 miles
Brackens1,877 ft
Adams715 ft
High Grade2,260 ft
Brackens1,129 ft
Prospector643 ft

Details

  • Featured
  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Out & Back
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Ridelogs
    7
More Stats for Prospector Church Rocks Lollipops mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    3,029 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,074 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,072 ft
  • Grade
    -0.001%
  • Grade max
    -30.353%
  • Grade min
    20.707%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
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  • Prevalent Mud
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
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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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Trail transparency
Cleaning Up The Church. East Crux. No Dabs.
Cleaning Up The Church. East Crux. No Dabs.
1:35 | 83 | comments: 0 | favs:
Jul 3, 2017
Sorry for the breathing tho. It was hard. :)
Church Rocks POV
Church Rocks POV
3:34 | 305 | comments: 0 | favs:
Mar 9, 2015
Climb up the from the south west side of Church Rocks
Prospector to Church Rocks
Prospector to Church Rocks
trail: Prospector
8:30 | 155 | comments: 0 | favs:
Mar 9, 2015
POV of the Prospector trail to Church Rocks

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

traildateconditiondescription
Prospector
Dec 15, 2018 @ 8:16am
1 days
Church Rocks
Dec 15, 2018 @ 8:16am
1 days
High Grade
Nov 10, 2018 @ 12:42pm
Nov 10, 2018
Another great spur in the Red Cliff maze
Prospector
Nov 10, 2018 @ 12:42pm
Nov 10, 2018
Hard pack and granite dust. Perfect
Prospector
Nov 2, 2018 @ 2:52pm
Nov 2, 2018
Couple sandy washes to cross, a few very shorty sandy sections, couple areas this rider needed to get off and push up. Great for this beginner rider. Beautiful views. Background freeway noise easy to not notice when focusing on the ride.
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