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Elden Lookout Road

Intermediate
 3.5 (6)

A solid workout on the direct route to Mount Elden's summit.


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Map Key

5.3

Miles

8.5

KM

Doubletrack

9,238' 2,816 m

High

7,283' 2,220 m

Low

2,015' 614 m

Up

60' 18 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

Elden Lookout Road provides a direct route to the summit of Mount Elden, with possible connections to many area trails along the way (e.g., Rocky Ridge, Upper & Lower Oldham, Brookbank, Sunset, etc). The climb is relentless and demands a decent level of fitness, but the road offers few obstacles and is entirely non-technical (unless you happen to be on the heels of a big monsoon storm). Conditions vary considerably depending on how recently a road grader has been through. There is lots of scenic forest and sights along the way, with magnificent views from the top of Mount Elden.

Elden Lookout Road is closed to non-service vehicles late into the spring, but is typically rideable well before the road opens to cars. At any time of year be ready for on-coming vehicle traffic on the narrow and curvy road. Engine noise can be very hard to hear around some curves, and its tempting to carry a lot of speed on the way down.

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Shared By:

Almonzo Wilder

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 6 votes

#12

in Mount Elden

#16179

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#12

in Mount Elden

#410

in Arizona

#16,179

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Aspens
Oct 14, 2016 near Flagstaff, AZ
Upper Oldham
Oct 14, 2016 near Flagstaff, AZ

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