Arizona Trail - Out and Back to the Gate
ElevationAscent: 1,323' 403 m
Descent: -1,323' -403 m
High: 4,483' 1,366 m
Low: 3,670' 1,119 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)
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“A fun out and back - particularly fun coming back.”— Chuck Hill
The first mile is level with mostly a hard base - some sandy stuff - excellent location for those who just purchased a mountain bike. Then some mild ups and downs with a few rocks - then more level hard based singletrack.
At the four mile mark begins a fairly long and challenging climb. When you start to go left you have made it. Rest up with the following gradual descent. At a little less than six miles you'll be able to view the lakes - a man made structure of many years ago for cattle watering. Stop and enjoy the view. In another half mile there is a rocky road crossing - take a left and go down to the end for a close-up view of the lakes.
Continue on for another 0.2 miles and cross the next road and enjoy a mile and a half of gradually uphill swooping singletrack. Cross the next road for more hard based trail and eventually get into some rocky stuff. One more climb and you'll be at the gate that then enters Forest Service property. You may continue on or turn around and go back. Going back on this trail is a blast - you lose 800 feet of elevation and except for a climb after passing the lakes, it is mostly downhill.