2 miles
Distance
326 ft
Climb
-398 ft
Descent
00:27:32
Avg time

Quartz Ridge Details

  • Riding Area
    Gold Canyon
    Gold Canyon, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Global Ranking
    #31015 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    35 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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.

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More Stats for Quartz Ridge bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -73 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,969 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,246 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,041 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,969 ft
  • Grade
    -0.759%
  • Grade max
    -21.48%
  • Grade min
    21.747%
  • Distance climb
    4,049 ft
  • Distance down
    5,122 ft
  • Distance flat
    384 ft
  • Avg time
    00:27:32
  • Avg reverse time
    00:32:43
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Status:
on Jan 12, 2016
Dry
Avg: 3.75 (4 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • Parking Parking
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  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
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      Quartz Ridge Trail Reports

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      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
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 6 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      All
      • 101 rides
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      Photos

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      26 |
      Feb 26, 2018 @ 3:47pm
      Feb 26, 2018
      Quartz Ridge, My City
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      Jun 25, 2017 @ 6:42pm
      Jun 25, 2017
      Quartz Ridge, My City
      32 |
      Jun 25, 2017 @ 6:42pm
      Jun 25, 2017
      Quartz Ridge, My City
      229 |
      Feb 28, 2016 @ 1:42pm
      Feb 28, 2016
      Quartz Ridge, Gold Canyon

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      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.
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