AZT: Blue Ridge Details
Starting at the General Springs Cabin off of FR300 follow the Fred Haught section of the Cabin Loops Trail for 3.3 miles until the AZTrail splits off to the left. Here the trail heads up out of the canyon following a series of moderately difficult switchbacks. Once out of the canyon the trail is mostly superb singletrack interrupted with a few sections of old two track (as far as I could tell all the two track has been closed to motorized traffic for quite some time). The singletrack continues for about 5 miles until you plunge into the one of the canyons leading into the Blue Ridge Reservoir. A series of switchbacks leads down to a flat gravel wash (which was dry when I rode through, despite heavy monsoon rains the day before). The climb up is 2x as long as the descent, and is often interrupted with tall water bars which halt any attempt to ride up the switchbacks on the north side of the crossing. Expect a 15 to 30 minute hike-a-bike out of the canyon (depending on your level of motivation). Once the climb is behind you you are greeted with more singletrack, crossing several forest roads, and a beautiful meadow filled with wildflowers before a fun downhill section leading to the Blue Ridge Campground (which has potable water and bathrooms available). Ride through the campground and follow the trail on the north side of the road for about another mile, passing through the only stand of aspens along this section of trail, until you reach the trailhead at the intersection with SR87. Allow 2-3 hours to ride this section of trail each way, with the northbound route taking slightly longer because of the extended HAB out of the Blue Ridge Reservoir drainage. Pack plenty of food, water, and tools, as there are few opportunities to exit the trail via an easier route if you have any issues.
Start at the General Springs Cabin off FR300 to ride the trail northbound, or at the Blue Ridge Campground off of SR87 to ride southbound.
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More Stats for AZT: Blue Ridge mountain bike trail
Altitude change-486 ft
Altitude min1.3 miles
Altitude max1.4 miles
Altitude start1.4 miles
Altitude end1.3 miles
Distance climb6.1 miles
Distance down8.1 miles
Distance flat1.1 miles
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