1.8 miles
333 ft
-406 ft
Avg time

Quartz Ridge Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Global Ranking

The Quartz Ridge trail starts at the North/East end with a seemingly endless series of switchbacks. There are a few rests, so save your energy when you can. Once on the ridge itself, prepare for shorter, but far more technical climbs and descents.

Go straight at the rock cairn for a gnarly, rutted, babyhead rock filled descent (Quartz alt). Go right for a longer, but more gradual, winding descent with one short climb in the middle. The latter connects via singletrack back to Horse Trail at the Vortex interesection.

Local Trail Association
  • Please consider joining or donating to the local riding association to support trail development & maintenance.
    donate to earn trail karma!
More Stats for Quartz Ridge mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -72 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,969 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,246 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,041 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,969 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4,369 ft
  • Distance down
    4,806 ft
  • Distance flat
    451 ft
  • Avg time
  • view trail stats
on Jan 12, 2016
Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)

view (26)
Layers winter
Map Style
Trail Style
  • ?
Directions to quartz-ridge trailhead (33.374760, -111.402400)
update trails status or condition

Quartz Ridge Trail Reports

Jan 12, 2016 @ 3:32pm
Jan 12, 2016
The entire trail is cactus free :)
Jan 3, 2016 @ 3:00pm
Jan 3, 2016
The climb has been cleared of cactus. It's riding well.
Jan 3, 2015 @ 2:30pm
Jan 3, 2015
view all reports »


more »
91 |
Feb 28, 2016 @ 1:42pm
Feb 28, 2016
Quartz Ridge, Gold Canyon

Routes with this trail

Tour of Gold Canyon
30.8 miles
Planned Ride with Dustychap
18.1 miles

1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag TC-FLOWCLYDE (Feb 22, 2016 at 21:58)
 My favorite climb for the area. The switchbacks are a fun and challenging ascent. The connectors to Mohave/OHT and Vortex/OHT is finally a long overdue complete loop that allow contiguous singletrack to the rest of the GC-west trail system.

Post a Comment

You must login to Pinkbike.
Don't have an account? Sign up

Join Pinkbike  Login


no videos have been added for Quartz Ridge yet, add a video.

Nearby Trails

  • subscribe
  • flag
  • login to download gpx or kml files.