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This is a rocky climb and fun fast descent with some of the finest scenery in Arizona.


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5.2

Miles

8.4

KM

Singletrack

3,967' 1,209 m

High

3,599' 1,097 m

Low

535' 163 m

Up

523' 159 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

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Description

Completed in June of 2011, the Foothills rim trail is an easy to intermediate loop system with some technical climbs and fun flowy downhill. It is accessed from Monolith Gardens trail system.

Starting on the North leg this trail begins with a three quarter mile climb and three tight, technical switchbacks at the top. Next, there is another quarter mile gradual climb in an open grassy area with some awesome 360 degree views.

At the intersection you have a couple options: 1) turn right to continue on the Foothills Rim Trail or take one of the two connector trails to shorten the ride. 2) Turn left for the shortest most technical ride. 3) Continue straight for a mellow twisty climb.

Continuing on Foothills Rim Tails you have a small downhill section that leads you to some very unique rock formations. You then climb two banked switchbacks navigating in between some large bounders. There is a short downhill section that takes you into a small wash where you begin to climb until you reach another intersection.

At this intersection 1) turn left to continue on Foothills Rim trail or 2) make a left to go towards tech ridge.

Continuing on Foothills Rim Trail, you'll climb about a half mile to reach the highest point on Foothills Rim, 3,968 feet. This is where the fun begins - a twisty downhill section through lava rock followed by a very a short climb that has an option to an overlook. Then there is some very flowy, narrow singletrack through Greasewood trees. You reach a rocky technical area that has another overlook option.

You now come through a very fun section of trail that twists and turns around some large boulders and Ocotillos. If you go left at the next intersection, it will take you back to the climb you came up. Continuing straight you have a challenging mile and a half of fast, fun and flowy downhill which takes you back to Monolith Gardens trail system.

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Shared By:

John Myers

Trail Ratings

  3.4 from 8 votes

#21227

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  3.4 from 8 votes
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Trail Rankings

#609

in Arizona

#21,227

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Photos

Narrow flowy singletrack on Foothills Rim Trail
Oct 22, 2014 near Kingman, AZ
Starting another loop with fantastic views of the mesa tops.
Dec 15, 2014 near Kingman, AZ
Desert landscape and views galore
Oct 22, 2014 near Kingman, AZ
More amazing views. Foothills Rim Trail
Dec 15, 2014 near Kingman, AZ
Just around a corner you are presented with this unexpected view
Dec 15, 2014 near Kingman, AZ
Good traction on Monolith Gardens
Oct 28, 2014 near Kingman, AZ
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Jul 11, 2023
J Fuller
No slaking on this loop. Tough climbs, not to fast down, but very rewarding.
Apr 16, 2019
Roger Smith
Feb 4, 2017
Matt Hage
Outer Loop of Foothill Rim and Monolith Garden 11.5mi
Sep 29, 2015
John Myers
5.2mi — 0h 32m
Nov 8, 2014
John Myers
Awesome group ride! 15.5mi — 1h 45m
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