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AZ Trail from Pistol Hill to Cmo Loma Alta via Hope Camp

Intermediate
 3.6 (14) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A smooth easy out and back.


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14.0

Miles

22.6

KM

85%

Singletrack

3,487' 1,063 m

High

3,084' 940 m

Low

945' 288 m

Up

946' 288 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Bikes must stay on the Hope Camp trail once inside the park

Overview

Yet another section of the AZ Trail. This section of singletrack is one of the easier sections of the AZ trail. It's an out an back, mostly downhill on the way out and a gradual climb on the way back.

Description

Head through the gate on the west side of the road. The trail immediately starts to gradually descend. It's a smooth trail with lots of twists and turns. Watch your speed as it's easy to get going too fast and blow through a corner or two.

At about 3.5 miles pass through another gate. The trail continues with more of the same type of terrain until you reach the wash. Be ready for a short steep descent with a switchback before crossing the wash and heading up a steep double switchback. This is the only technical part of the trail.

Climb up out of the wash and up to Hope Camp. There is a third and final gate to pass through before getting to Hope Camp. Stop for a rest on the benches under the trees, or continue to Cmo. Loma Alta trailhead and stop for a rest on the way back. From Hope Camp the singletrack disappears and the ride continues on a jeep road to the Cmo. Loma Alta trailhead.

The road has a rocky steep climb, followed by a rocky steep descent, followed by a gradual climb to the trailhead. Once at the gate for the Cmo. Loma Alta trailhead, take a quick break and head back to the Pistol Hill trailhead. Once past Hope Camp, this is mostly a climb for the remaining 5 miles.

This section of trail can also be done starting at Cmo. Loma Alta and head south to Pistol Hill. Connect this section of the AZ Trail with the Pistol Hill to Three Bridges section.

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Hillary Mathis

Trail Ratings

  3.6 from 14 votes

#2249

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  3.6 from 14 votes
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Photos

Riding north out of Hope Camp
Jan 26, 2014 near Vail, AZ
Water crossing on the AZT
Apr 1, 2019 near Vail, AZ
The rough switchback
Jan 26, 2014 near Vail, AZ
Cmo. Loma Alta trailhead
Jan 26, 2014 near Vail, AZ
Hope Camp
Jan 26, 2014 near Vail, AZ

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Feb 26, 2021
Atsuko Ohtake
Nov 20, 2020
Jeff Turk
Added some extra miles for a bike reakdown 18.2mi — 3h 30m
Jun 13, 2020
Fam Caceres-Millan
Amazing ride 15mi — 2h 35m
Feb 28, 2020
Martin Attebery
May 27, 2019
Lilith Moon
smooth ride out, with a bit of a climb coming back. 14mi — 2h 00m
May 27, 2019
Godisabicycle B.P.B.C.
Aug 25, 2018
Matt Swanson
7mi
Jul 26, 2018
Matt Swanson
10mi