4.0 miles
3 ft
-883 ft
Avg time
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Schultz Creek Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    MEDL (Mount Elden Dry Lakes)
    Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Ref Number
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (4 votes)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #1005 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #2749 in Trail Running
    • #8784 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 80 in Trail Running
    • 80 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback

One of the most enjoyable green circle trails I've ridden. While you won't get technical, rocks or big jumps, you will get a long, flowy fast trail. A good climb and an enjoyable decent. Multi-use trail so be courteous to other trail users. Remember to yield to uphill riders. In the Spring the creek flows so you will probably get wet.

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More Stats for Schultz Creek bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -880 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,196 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,076 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,076 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,195 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    502 ft
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    466 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Nov 19, 2021
Avg: 4.4 (24 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Schultz Creek Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
      6 Months
      • 675 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      • 2,940 rides


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      13 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      Froghopper (Apr 16, 2018 at 21:27)
       4/15/18- Excellent ride, rocky sections near bottom, trail very dry. Ran into 8 people going down, of that were two parents and their small child. at least 5 coming up. Started 1:30-2 pm ish.
      Highly recommend helmet. Rode steel hard-tail/solid fork, 40x700c.
      • + 0
      jeffgicklhorn SDMB (Aug 7, 2018 at 12:12)
       FYI, the bottom section of this trail is not an beginner level trail with how many rocks there are in the stream bed. Cut off onto the AZT (Shultz Creek) for a much better time.
      • - 1
      ch13 (Jul 21, 2019 at 7:31)
       Use Dogfood, FSR 6275, then AZT as a “climb trail” and then down Schultz...it’s a great loop. Schultz is a two way trail but it’s much better down than up...I don’t know why people climb it...it should be downhill only (for bikes) and there would be a lot less grumbling.
      • + 1
      ponderosatrey (Sep 19, 2019 at 7:22)
       Every time you shuttle Schultz, God kills a kitten. Think of the kittens. Don't shuttle Schultz! There are much better things to shuttle in the area!
      • + 1
      DudlyDad (Aug 14, 2020 at 14:00)
       This trail is NOT a green. It used to be a green trail because it ran down the creek bed. In an effort to save the creek that runs in the spring, the trail has been moved up slope about a 100 feet. There are long stretches that are narrow and have a 20-30 straight drop off (cliff) and most of it has a steep downslope that is very dangerous to beginners. It is also so busy that beginners do not belong on it. This trail would be a blue if it didn't have that exposure but with the extreme exposure, it should be a black. Please reevaluate this trail. I find many out of town beginners on this trail that are extremely frustrated on it.
      • + 1
      ponderosatrey (Aug 15, 2020 at 19:53)
       I have heard quite the opposite of what you think. Schultz Creek is being rerouted for a variety of reasons including making the trail easier, improving sustainability, getting it out of the creek to restore riparian habitat, and making the experience more enjoyable. Schultz is much easier than what it used to be, and is definitely not a black diamond by any means. Nor is there any "extreme exposure". Schultz is a green trail and many beginners use it as their first ride. Not a black by a mile
      • + 1
      philosofool (Sep 1, 2020 at 9:27)
       This trail is not black. I have no idea what I'm doing but my son does so for fun I did a hike a bike down Jedi with him. That's black.
      • + 1
      DudlyDad (Aug 16, 2020 at 12:44)
       I am glad to see another opinion from a Flagstaff rider. I think the stretch just south of the "Lincoln logs" is pretty extreme for beginners. Anyone going off the trail along that stretch will fall straight down a 10-15 foot "cliff" I completely agree with the trail reroute and the restoration of the riparian habitat. I would love to hear from a beginner or two about the trail. A fall downslope could have you tumbling 10 feet down the slope more. I disagree that the trail is easier but without the downslope, I would rate it a blue because of those sections. I think the Campbell Mesa and the Flagstaff Loop Trail trails my idea of a green trail.
      • + 1
      ponderosatrey (Aug 17, 2020 at 11:48)
       Those steep rocky sections that may stay into Blue are going to get rerouted eventually. I'd say currently Schultz is a green with a blue section.
      • + 1
      philosofool (Sep 1, 2020 at 9:24)
       I am definitely a beginner and this trail is harder for me than nearby green trails like AZT and Chimney. There are many sections that require braking for me to hit my line and if I don't hit my line, my hardtail bucks like crazy. This is a blue in my opinion.
      • + 0
      BadKarma8049 (Oct 17, 2020 at 15:13)
       10/16/20 - very dry and dusty but open and accessible. Definitely better to ride in the morning or afternoon versus late afternoon or evening because you will avoid having the sun in your face the whole time. Lots of bugs so bring goggles. Having never ridden the trail before I would say it is a good mix of green with sections of blue that most riders with even a basic set of skills will have no problem with. Double check suspension and pressure settings and prepare for loose corners and some rock gardens.
      • - 1
      Adventuredude (Oct 24, 2020 at 15:00)
       The reroute at the bottom portion is an improvement though quite chunky in many areas. So I'd describe it more as chunky and less of a flow trail. Certainly not the green trail it is currently ranked as, more intermediate. A great improvement for Flagstaff trails but still lacking berms, pumps and good flow.
      • + 0
      Climb33it (Nov 21, 2021 at 16:39)
       Just rode this with my almost 10 year old. Tried with the 7 year old and a bit too rocky. It’s a super fun trail with light tech. Enough rocks that you need some mtb experience. Very fun! Also, the elevation gain on this is not accurate. Not a ton of climbing, less than 100 ft I’d say.

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