Loop Trail - Walnut Canyon Segment

 5 votes

8.8 Miles 14.2 Kilometers

Singletrack

480' 146 m

Ascent

-584' -178 m

Descent

7,035' 2,144 m

High

6,839' 2,085 m

Low

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Unknown

7,035' 2,144 m

High

6,839' 2,085 m

Low

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

A new, beautifully constructed trail that winds through the forest south of Flagstaff.

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This section of the loop trail is really well done. It is mostly easy, although there are a couple rocky sections where a true novice might walk.

The trail is currently under construction on the east end and just ends in the middle of the forest. from this point you can either bail onto FR301 or turn around and make it an out an back. Either way, it's best accessed from the west either at JW Powell or at the AZ trail crossing.

The start of the trail is easy to miss at both at JW Powell and at the AZ trail. The westmost start is very near the bottom of JW Powell, and is marked by a small easy to miss loop trail sign (pillar). From the AZ trail, the intersection is marked by a inconspicuous loop trail sign. It is at the top of a slight rise just south of a fence.

Going west to east before you get to the AZ trail there are two junctions that are easy to confuse. The first is an unmarked fork in the trail (you take the right hand fork) The other is where you make a hard left up hill rather than following the Skunk canyon trail.

East of the AZ trail there is an option where you can follow the loop trail on forest roads, or you can ride singletrack right next to a wire fence.

As of 6/12/13 the loop trail ends as shown. Maybe a mile before the end there's a sign saying the loop trail is still under construction and at that point there is a convenient point to bail left onto FR301. At the actual end you can also bail left about 20 yards to the same road, but there isn't really a trail here.

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Jul 6, 2016
Randy Compton
Trails in great shape, quite dry and dusty. Rode up on a herd of Elk, very cool. Fun trail, not technical, fast as you want it to be. 20mi — 1h 40m
May 26, 2016
John Ciccone
Did the first two and back.. Rad low temps 55-60 4mi
Sep 17, 2015
Daniel Sv
Rode with Maria. Cut her leg :( 19.8mi — 5h 02m
Mar 17, 2015
Jamie Leatham
Fun trail with lots of rolling hills. The rocks and roots make it a good easy but fun technical trail. 3mi — 1h 00m
Jun 26, 2014
Joel Rake-Marona
done 17.6mi

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  4.0 from 5 votes

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in Flagstaff

#91

in Arizona

#3,084

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