ElevationAscent: 913' 278 m
Descent: -909' -277 m
High: 6,871' 2,094 m
Low: 6,481' 1,975 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)
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“A sprawling easy-moderate loop that explores the rangeland east of Flagstaff.”— Almonzo Wilder
From the parking area pick up the Walnut Meadows Loop trail toward the Arizona Trail. This popular path through the ponderosas is mostly level and smooth. At the far end of the loop a sign points to a Connector trail between Campbell Mesa and the AZ Trail, crossing Old Walnut Canyon Road along the way. A signed left turn at the AZ Trail gets you heading north and you'll cross (again) Old Walnut Canyon Road at a major trailhead.
From here, the Arizona Trail (Walnut Canyon to Highway 89) bends east, occasionally dropping in and out of small drainages on smooth fun singletrack. The trail crosses Walnut Canyon Road (the paved access road to Walnut Canyon National Monument - turn right for an easy side trip to the awesome ruins!) with the forest giving way to more open juniper-pinyon rangeland.
For the next couple miles the scenery is sublime, with wide open views in all directions. Watch for elk (I had two pacing me about 10 feet from the trail over a space of about a 100 yards - amazing!) and enjoy the fast & smooth riding. Just before Interstate 40, the trail jogs to the east, where a trio of tunnels will take you under the highway and railroad tracks. From here the AZ Trail veers back to the west, roughly paralleling the interstate (which remains out of sight and mostly out of earshot). Signs will keep you on the AZ Trail at every potentially confusing intersection, of which there are many.
After a few miles heading west on the AZ Trail you'll intersect with a major and well-graded dirt road (there is only one), with paved Route 66 visible just to the south. This marks the point where you should turn left off of the AZ Trail and then turn left again on Route 66 to the east (watch for traffic and enjoy the wide shoulder).
You'll only be on Route 66 for a few hundred yards, using its bridge to get over the railroad tracks. Just over the tracks the Loop Trail - Campbell Mesa to AZT Connector heads south (there is no sign as of this writing, but the trail is clear) through an obvious green gate. Two tunnels lead you back under I-40, and bit more easy riding gets you back to the intersection with the Campbell Mesa Loop Trail. A right turn here follows the shortest path back to the trailhead.
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Local Club: Flagstaff Biking Organization
Land Manager: USFS - Coconino National Forest Office
Jul 16, 2019: Temporary forest closure order in effect for Newman Fire
Jul 15, 2019: Heavy smoke expected from Newman Fire today