Mountain Bike America: Arizona

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From the low desert to the high peaks, from rolling midlands to red slickrock, Arizona offers some of the finest, most diverse mountain biking in the world. A year-round riding season and a staggering array of trails make Arizona a destination for mountain bikers from every corner of the globe. The state is also the home and training ground for some of the most accomplished riders you'll ever meet. If you're ready to get pushed to the limits of body and mind, Arizona is the place to ride and this is the ...
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Overview


From the low desert to the high peaks, from rolling midlands to red slickrock, Arizona offers some of the finest, most diverse mountain biking in the world. A year-round riding season and a staggering array of trails make Arizona a destination for mountain bikers from every corner of the globe. The state is also the home and training ground for some of the most accomplished riders you'll ever meet. If you're ready to get pushed to the limits of body and mind, Arizona is the place to ride and this is the guidebook that will take you there.This guide includes: comprehensive trail descriptions, from beginner to advanced; GPS-quality, digitally designed maps detailing each ride; accurate route profiles show the ups and downs of each ride; detailed directions to get to the ride; mile-by-mile directional cues, difficulty ratings, elevation gain, trail content, local information, and much more. (5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 384 pages, b&w photos, maps, charts)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762712243
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Series: Mountain Bike America Guidebooks Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author


Paul Beakley, a freelance writer and photographer for the past eight years, was the former editor of Arizona Business Magazine. An avid mountain biker, Paul has ridden and explored trails all across Arizona, from simple fire-road networks to dangerous 4-wheel country.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Rides At A Glance x
Rides By Interest xiii
How To Use This Book xiv
Map Legend xv
How To Use These Maps xvi
Introduction 1
Arizona Weather 1
Flora and Fauna 2
Wilderness Restrictions/Regulations 3
Central Arizona
Section Introduction and Map 6
Section Overview 10
1. South Mountain Trails (Desert Classic Trail) 14
2. Charles M. Christiansen Memorial Trail 100 20
3. Estrella Loop 26
4. The Mine Loop--Hawes Pass Area 32
5. Pima and Dynamite 38
6. Trail 4 at Seven Springs 44
7. White Tank Sonoran Loop 50
Honorable Mentions (A--F) 54
Mine Country
Section Introduction and Map 58
Section Overview 62
8. Spruce Mountain 66
9. Granite Basin 70
In Addition: Red Rock Passes 75
10. Oak Creek Canyon Trails 76
11. Schnebly Hill to Seven Sacred Pools (East Sedona) 84
12. Teacup Trail to the Cockscomb (West Sedona) 90
13. Mormon Mountain 98
In Addition: Arizona Trail Project 103
14. Walnut Canyon and Marshall Lake 104
15. Mount Elden 110
16. Bill Williams Mountain 118
17. Moqui Stage Route 124
Honorable Mentions (G--K) 132
Grand Canyon Country
Section Introduction and Map 136
Section Overview 141
18. North Rim Loop 142
19. Page Rimview Trail 148
Honorable Mentions (L--N) 154
Colorado River Country
Section Introduction and Map 156
Section Overview 160
20. Camp Beale Loop 162
21. Moss Wash Mines 168
22. Gila Mountain 172
23. Marty's Ridge to Liberty Bell 178
Honorable Mentions (O-P) 184
Sky Islands
Section Introduction and Map 186
Section Overview 190
24. Starr Pass-Yetman Wash 194
25. Chiva Falls 200
26. Mount Lemmon Top to Bottom 204
In Addition: Riding in Style 209
27. 50 Year Trail 210
28. The Tortolitas 216
In Addition: State Land Recreation Permits 221
29. Cobre Ridge 222
30. Gold Country 228
31. Brown Canyon 234
32. Mount Graham 240
Honorable Mentions (Q-V) 246
Rim Country
Section Introduction and Map 252
Section Overview 256
33. Cypress Thicket 258
34. Houston Mesa Horse Camp Trails 264
35. Strawberry Mountain 268
36. Highline to Christopher Creek 274
37. Willow Springs Lake 280
Honorable Mentions (W-CC) 286
White Mountains
Section Introduction and Map 290
Section Overview 294
38. Buena Vista Trail 637 296
39. Indian Spring/West Fork 302
40. Los Burros 308
41. Porter Mountain Trails (Panorama and Timber Mesa trails) 314
42. South Fork Shuttle 320
In Addition: About Social Trails 325
43. South Pinetop (Springs, Blue Ridge, and Country Club trails) 326
Honorable Mentions (DD-HH) 332
The Art of Mountain Biking
Mountain Bike Beginnings 337
Mountain Biking Into Shape 338
Be Safe--Know The Law 339
The Mountain Bike Controversy 339
Etiquette Of Mountain Biking 340
Trail Maintenance 341
On-The-Spot Quick Fix 341
Rules Of The Trail 342
The Necessities of Cycling 343
Be Prepared Or Die 344
Be Safe--Wear Your Armor 344
Extreme Heat 346
And At The Other End Of The Thermometer 346
To Have Or Not To Have (Other Very Useful Items) 348
Types Of Off-Road Terrain 350
Techniques To Sharpen Your Skills 350
Going Uphill--Climbing Those Treacherous Hills 351
Going Downhill--The Real Reason We Get Up in the Morning 351
Last-Minute Checkover 352
Festivals and Races 353
Repair and Maintenance 354
Index 359
Meet The Author 363
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