Hart Prairie Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,198' 365 m
Descent: -1,209' -369 m
High: 9,001' 2,743 m
Low: 8,139' 2,481 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)
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“A fabulous loop covering some of Arizona's finest high altitude scenery and singletrack.”— Almonzo Wilder
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
A counter-clockwise ride (described here) will take in the longest stretch of dirt road first, and allow full enjoyment of the swooping easy descent through aspen forest near the end of the ride.
From the parking area, head south on Hart Prairie Road (FR 151). This road climbs through forest and sees some traffic from cars and trucks. The road passes the intersection for the Bismarck Lake trailhead, and heads up along the shoulder of Fern Mountain and past the entrance of the Hart Prairie Nature Conservancy Preserve. Near here is an unexpected seasonal stream that flows through the aspens at the base of Fern Mountain. When running, this is a great spot to cool your heels.
Enjoy knockout views as you continue south on Hart Prairie Road to the signed but unremarkable intersection with FR 9215B. At this intersection turn east (left) and follow to little-used two-track up through a cattle gate. When the trail exits the forest and enters a meadow with nice views look for a well-traveled use trail near a "Closed to Motor Vehicles" sign. This heads uphill to Aspen Corner past Alfa Fia Tank (another nice spot to take a break!).
Just past Alfa Fia Tank at a well-signed trail junction, head north (left) on the Arizona Trail (Aspen Corner to FR 418). This five-star route is comprised of unsurpassed easy singletrack through meadows and aspen glades. The latter half of this trail is a long gentle descent swooping back and forth through beautiful forest. At the intersection with FR418 (a major well-traveled dirt road), head west back to your car.
Local Club: Flagstaff Biking Organization
Apr 7, 2020: 2020 Flagstaff Trail Days Program – CANCELLED
Mar 28, 2020: 2020 Flagstaff Bike to Work & School Week – CANCELLED
Dec 19, 2019: Trail program wrap up 2019
Land Manager: USFS - Coconino National Forest Office