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Flagstaff to Grand Canyon

Average Rating:    (3.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

Stagecoach route c. 1897 from flagstaff to the Grand Canyon. Mostly good dirt roads. Excellent 2 day trip with or without support.
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Latitude
35.19850043580171
Longitude
-111.65130615234375
Trail Directions
Go 6 miles north out of Flagstaff on HWY 180 to milepost 226 (Hart Prairie Road). Start here.
Trail Length
70 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Flagstaff
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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 13, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: plush77 ,  Downhiller

Summary:
old two track, some sandy areas, lots of rocks for the first half.

Here are the directions. Leave flagstaff on hwy 180 going towards the grand canyon look for FS 151 this is hart prarie road, take it through hart prarie until the road starts heading back out to 180 (its a loop) there is a small two track on the right (about 0.8 miles before hwy 180 that leads toward kendrick park (the white buffalo place) and intersects with fs 514 (east west). Take a right and stay on 514 until you hit 523. Take a left procede for about a mile then take a right on 416. stay on 416 for a longway this takes you past some tanks and Missouri Bill Hill. Desend off the rim, (still on 416) ride acros the flats until you hit a fence and intersect fs 417. go left (west) on 417 for about 2 miles until you hit a maintained road going north (right) go for three miles to the tub ranch. From the ranch you want to go NNE past the Mesa Butte Tank. The road forks near this tank. Take the left fork (right one dead ends) stay on this road until you hit the overhead powerlines. when you see the power lines the road goes to the right. ride for about 1 mile until you are physically under the power lines.

Recommended Route:
Here there is a road that goes due north then quickly heads NNW take this through the maze of roads in the area you should be in the borrom of Lockwood Canyon. This road goes north west for a long time. roads veer off to both sides but just keep going north west until you hit Harbison tank and another maze of roads. From the tank there is one road going north. Take it past bucklar tank and head to the north west. from here the road is marked, just keep heading north and you'll end up on hwy 64 in the Grand Canyon National park. Head west on 64 for about two miles to reach the Grand View Overlook.



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Review Date
December 27, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: cosmic ray ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Bring a compass.

Recommended Route:
OK, so don't buy the book with the helpful map. Anyway, rather difficult to map a ride that covers such great distance, two forest service maps and a topo and then get it on a 5x7" sheet of paper. My original map was 5 feet long and six inches wide! A compass will come in handy. Many roads will try to confuse you, but the Grand Canyon is big and deep and due north of Flagstaff. When in doubt, choose a route nearest to north. Part of the route is signed and some not. Just KEEP NORTH. I still think you should lookit the book first though. Maybe you can check in out of the library. Or maybe you could have that other reviewer draw you a map. hahahaha



Comments
Nogoodpunkrocker (08/02/2014)
Seriously! How have you not bought the book? It's on the counter by the register of just about every bike shop in Az... Get it. Well worth it! Insanely informative on damn near every Az ride.
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Review Date
February 5, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: cosmic ray , from flagstaff, az

Summary:
A 12 hour stage ride ran 3 times a week with six-horse coaches and a trailer. On September 7, 1897 The Coconino Cycling Club beat the stage to The Canyon on 1-speeds.
An 1890s writer said, "The road is good and level with some heavy grades. It winds among the slopes of the San Francisco Mountains for the first 25 miles through a fine forest of pine. The next 25 miles lead across a rolling prairie and the rest through the forest which skirts the rim of the Grand Canyon. Riders will find advantage to fit wheels with a gear not exceeding 66 inches. To the Grand Canyon is 70 miles. Any rider can do it is 8 to 12 hours." On single speeds yet!

Recommended Route:
Many turns on Forest Service roads. You're going to need Coconino National Forest Map and Kaibab National Forest Map plus one topo or get Cosmic Ray's book from Amazon.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Of this type, there is also a ride from Flagstaff to Sedona on old wagon roads.



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