Twin Buttes Loop
ElevationAscent: 751' 229 m
Descent: -749' -228 m
High: 4,613' 1,406 m
Low: 4,225' 1,288 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“Spectacular scenery covering many singletrack trails.”— Nick Wilder
In less than a mile, take a left on the Submarine Rock Trail and follow smooth singletrack to an intersection with a dirt road. Cross the road and watch your speed as you hit a stone staircase down to a ravine. Hike back out and there's more singletrack that curves around the left side of the submarine-shaped rock all the way to the backside. Here you'll find a ramp system that you can ride ride up to the top of the rock and play around on the slickrock. There's fantastic scenery in all directions. Enjoy the view, then turn around the return the same way.
Continue on Broken Arrow Trail until it ends at Chicken Point - and another great view.
Pick up the Little Horse Trail, which is significantly smoother, faster, and easier than most in this area, and it's fun to open it up a bit on the beautifully banked turns through Juniper forests. Just watch out for oncoming traffic on the occasional rocky section! The scenery is spectacular, as is the norm for this area.
Follow the Bell Rock Trail for a short section until you arrive at the Mystic Trail, which has three distinct sections:
The southern end (near the start at the Bell Rock Trail) suffers from highway noise and overhead power lines and is not very aesthetic.
The middle section is actually on paved roads through a neighborhood. The USFS has put up carsonite trail markers, but they're very hard to follow. Use the MTB Project MTB Project mobile app to stay on the path!
The northern section is very nice, fast, and flowy singletrack. Very fun and well built, this part is the only one that is a worthwhile destination.
Just before the Mystic Trail ends at a road, find a right turn on Pig Tail Trail and then an immediate left on Peccary Trail. This is a great finish to a great ride. Many sections are fast and flowing, but several tiny sections are very technical with drops and rock ledges.
This will end back on the Broken Arrow Trail. Take a left and you'll be back at your car in a second or two.
There are many ways to extend this into a longer loop. Check out the Llama Trail for an idea.
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