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Pine trailhead loop

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No. of Reviews: 4

Start on the highline trail and stay on it until you get to a fork. One side of this fork is the Pine View trail and the other is the highline. Dont go on the Highline unless you want to get into some really really nasty technichal stuff. Instead go left onto the Pine View trail, which will bring you to the Dripping Springs trail. Go left again unless you want to climb a really really big hill (although there is some fun stuff before you get to the big hill). Going left will bring you back to the trailhead. This loop is short, about 3 miles, but it is a lot of fun because it has some technical climbing and some rideable drops (all of the drops are rideable). It's pretty smooth in some sections, but there are loose rocks in others. Fun trail for almost any type of rider, as long as you know how to ride a couple of 12-15 inch drops (my brother did them on his first try and he's only been a mountain biker for a couple months).
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Latitude
34.37248687179524
Longitude
-111.4427375793457
Trail Directions
trailhead is about 1/2 mile south of Pine on the east side of the road. Can't miss it.
Trail Length
miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Pine
   


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Review Date
April 11, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Gordon

Summary:
update on that time, I went back and did it in 12 minutes the other day, but I was moving along pretty good



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Review Date
March 7, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

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Reviewed by: robert , from AZ

Summary:
The previous reviews are very thorough and accurate. This trail is a good one because most of the other trails in the area are mostly repeating technical climbing/descending. Not many flat spots in Pine. This trail is pretty fun, but I wouldn't make a trip to Pine to ride it if you live a good distance away. Nothing spectacular, but if you're in Payson or Pine I'd say it's worth it.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Try out the Payson trails. There are some good ones. Shoofly & Houston Mesa is good and Boulders is awesome.



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Review Date
February 19, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Once a week

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Reviewed by: jws , from Pine az

Summary:
Lots of rocks, lots of smooth, lots of drops. Fun enough to do several times in a row without getting bored. Challenging enough for anyone. Downhillers find your fullfilment on Dripping springs trail coming down from wild Bill Springs. This is the trail for the adventurous cross country rider who likes to ride in a little bit of rough stuff.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
A lot of the trails around Pine are Hans Rey type stuff, so if you like that sort of challenge try the Highline. There are some fun trails in Payson but I cant remember their names. Ask at Manzanita Cyclery beside Safeway and they'll point you in the right direction. Lower Oak Springs trail in Pine is fun too.



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Review Date
February 19, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Gordon Ghenter , from Flagstaff AZ

Summary:
I am from Pine before I moved to Flagstaff, so I know the trail probably better than anyone. I have ridden it probably a hundred times or more. I like the trail because it is challenging and fun. I prefer to ride this trail counterclockwise because I dont like climbing up the drops (I'll descibe them later). The first section along the Highline takes you up a short rocky hill with waterbars and isn't to tough. It's pretty smooth and flat from here until you cross a wash and have to ride through some rocks. You will cross the wash again and will have to climb through a rock garden (nothing too technical though). I have only made it through here no-dab a couple of times, it's not dangerous but it is hard. After you get through the rocks you will come to the Y. If you go right you will be on the Highline trail and will find lots of rocks and steep hills (this is very hard stuff to ride though and I dont go over here very often). Go left on the Pine View trail, which takes you down to the Dripping Springs trail. The drops I mentioned earlier are along this section. They aren't too bad, but they scared me the first couple of times I rode them. They still scare me sometimes when I mess something up as I take them. They are just barely short enough to let you drop your front wheel over without scraping your chainrings on the top. The bushes grow pretty close to the trail here, and a lot of the drops are on a corner so you cant really take them at high speed. A lot of loose rocks here too. When you reach the Dripping Springs trail you can go right toward Pine Canyon and a really big hill (great for gut wrenching taining) or you can go left and towards the trailhead. You go up and down a few short hills this way and it is pretty smooth with a few rocks or water bars here and there. Right close to the trailhead there is another Y. If you keep going stait you go onto an unofficial trail created by equestrians. Go right (it is a sharp turn) and the trailhead is within sight.
The Pine trails are seldom used by anyone at anytime of the year, so chances are that you'll have the trails to yourself. In the summer there is a horseback tours group that rides on this loop a lot, but they are quite friendly. Just get of the trail and let them pass. Also, these trails stay pretty dry in the winter (they dry out within a week of a snowstorm). You would be well advised not to ride them when it's really muddy because there is some sticky clay mud along there that will get all over your chain and rip of your rear der, which will then ruin your wheel (I speak from experience).
It takes me about 20-25 min to do the loop once. It's fun enough that you dont get bored doing it several times in a row, so you can get in some good miles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Oak springs trail-the lower section



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