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Arizona Trail

Average Rating:    (3.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

Have ridden this trail both directions - suggest starting at the Canelo Pass TH - about 2600 descent and 1500 ascent when ridden that direction.
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Latitude
31.98944183792288
Longitude
-110.9619140625
Trail Directions
From the town of Patagonia, go out Harshaw Road about 2.5 mi. Marked AZ Trail, parking on right, trail on left. Canello Pass, is the other end of the trail - 17 road miles from the Patagonia trail head
Trail Length
15 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Patagonia
   


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
January 13, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: idaz ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
AZTrail, south out of Patagonia, is a highly varied trail. Best ridden South to North (in my opinion) this trail has swoopy singletrack, rocky climbs and descents, and some lung busting bursts up hills. The trail is almost constantly among catclaw acacia and mesquites. Tubeless tires with extra sealant and CO2 is highly recommended.

Recommended Route:
There's a shorter loop (~15 miles) out of the town of Patagonia that is a fun, if challenging, ride. Heading out Harshaw Rd hand a left onto Red Rock you'll follow this through a series of ranches, some with dogs that may give chase, to the AZ Trail. (PM or email me for more detailed trail directions or GPS info). From there riding back to the AZTrailhead is a swoopy combination of flowy singletrack with some loose rock climbs and descents. I've ridden all but a few sections but rarely on the same ride.
Since I've moved to town I've tried to get out and trim up the mesquite/catclaw as necessary. It's much better than it was but I still get scratched at least every other ride.
I've never seen another biker on my rides (3X/week) but hikers are common on the weekend, particularly closer to the AZTrailhead.



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Review Date
September 3, 2006

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: kerrydsmith ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
this trail from the trail head is so over-grown that it makes it very dangerous even for an experienced rider. you are not able to see the trail and there are numerous hidden objects. the waterbars are rideable except you cannot see what is on the other side. this could be a wonderful trail with some maintenance but as is, it really is just a hike-a-bike. no fun!!!



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Review Date
May 8, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Murf , from CB

Summary:
This is a ride for adventure riders. Not buffed but well marked and alot of ridable. There is definately some hike a bike sections toward the Patagonia end of this trail. You can do it as a shuttle, driving up to Canello Pass and riding down, or you can add an additional 17 dirt road miles (good, scenic road) up to Canello Pass and then take the trail 15 miles to the Patagonia TH. This trail does not get ridden much and is out in the middle of nowhere - having ridden it 3 times I've never seen a single person - saw a big turkey last time tho - so being highly prepared and ready for all that comes with adventure riding is recommended. Not a trail for beginners and those not comfortable with loose rocks. This section gets low marks in some books I've read on riding the AZ Trail, however riding it in the direction I've suggested makes it quite a bit of fun. With more bike traffic and some trail work,(hint,hint IMBA trail crew) this could be an even more awesome ride. The AZ trail runs the length of AZ and there are many sections - this as mentioned does not see much traffic and in general is beautiful area - also, I've only ridden it in winter and spring, I suspect summer might be a bit brutal for temps but its all what your used to?

Recommended Route:
Canelo Pass down to Patagonia TH

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If your into cross riding with some fatter tires, the dirt road system out there is great. The trail system up arond Kentucky Camp is worth checking out - some nice single track along an old flume. Do a search under Kentucky Camp mountain biking and some directions will come up.



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