215 miles
Distance
17,941 ft
Climb
-17,939 ft
Descent
3,744 ft
High Point

Use this route at your own risk. The route is not marked. GPS navigation is strongly encouraged.

This is a 4 day - 3 night 215 mile bikepacking route encompassing the popular trails of the East Valley and beyond included the famed Picketpost to Kelvin segment of the AZT. This is a backcountry ride over unforgiving terrain for most of the route. GPS use is highly recommended. Bring a water filter!! $2 bike entry fees are required for trails inside Usery & San Tan Regional Parks. Expect some hike-a-bike. Most of all, enjoy the ride!!

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Route POI

ParkingSafewayParking
ParkingWalgreensParking
ParkingDe La CruzParking
ParkingFitz StopParking
Water Fountain/SourcePossible CacheWater Fountain/Source
CampingCamp 2Camping
Water Fountain/SourceADOT YardWater Fountain/Source
ParkingCreekside Taco ShackParking
CampingCamp 3 in this areaCamping
Information$2 FeeInformation
GateGateGate
CheckpointSafewayCheckpoint
CampingCamp 1 - VortexCamping
Trail SignBarbed wire fenceTrail Sign
OtherResupplyOther
CampingDon's CampCamping

Details

  • Featured
  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bikepacking
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Queen's Ransom Bikepack mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,317 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,348 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,349 ft
  • Grade max
    -44.056%
  • Grade min
    45.892%
  • Distance climb
    96 miles
  • Distance down
    92 miles
  • Distance flat
    28 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction
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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
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  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Wild Horse
      Oct 13, 2019 @ 10:23am
      10 hours
      Great ride for intermediate ok for beginner with som effort. There are a couple of challenges but worth the minor struggle. Right past the metal gate (a couple hundred yards from the highway parking area) there is a deep dip which is very short from start to finish. Good riders can make it-but I can’t. Not this year. Used to be no problem but now it is steeper going in and coming out. I just go around it. Then right after will go down a very short decline then across the flat until you come to a fairly steep but short (25 yards?) incline. Piece of cake last year. You could get s lot of speed up on the flat then just push a bit on the top of the incline. But now there is a lot of sand on the flat so a bit of care is required if you go fast. Still very doable for an intermediate. But then a fantastic one mile downhill carnival ride. You will have to earn back some altitude a couple of times but not really demanding. Then last half mile all grins going down hill to the highway. Love this ride. Great scenery. Enjoy.
      Lance's Trail
      Oct 10, 2019 @ 9:04am
      Oct 10, 2019
      Twisted Sister
      Sep 28, 2019 @ 3:40pm
      Sep 28, 2019
      Old Horse Trail
      Sep 26, 2019 @ 7:36am
      Sep 26, 2019
      Had to do this report. How often do you get to give a report that trail in Gold Canyon is wet!
      Fenceline
      Sep 26, 2019 @ 7:03am
      Sep 26, 2019
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