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Banning/Watershed/Smith Ravine/Lynx/Goldwater

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Trail

28.6 Miles 46.0 Kilometers


70%

Singletrack

4,250' 1,295 m

Ascent

-4,250' -1,295 m

Descent

6,968' 2,124 m

High

5,474' 1,669 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

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A challenging ride linking two watersheds

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Overview

Linking trail systems in the Goldwater and Lynx Lakes areas, this difficult linkup requires riders to cross the watershed divide two times. The challenging, long, and sometimes loose climbs are rewarded with miles of fast singletrack. Ridden this direction, the descents are almost entirely on singletrack trails.

Description

On Highway 89, south of town, trail access is located across the street from the Prescott Pines Mobile Home Resort, 0.5 mi North of White Spar Campground. Small parking area here.

Take #373->81->Banning Creek trail (unsigned on left)->Senator Highway. Head south (right) on Senator Highway for approx 1mi to the

#299 Watershed Trail on the east (left). Climb 3.1mi on sometimes loose single and doubletrack to Spruce Mountain Road. Head east (left) and climb dirt road for 1.1mi to the
Smith Ravine trail 297 on the east (left).

Enjoy 2.4mi of ripping singletrack down to Walker Road. Cross Walker Road and get on the #305 Homestead Trail.

6.8mi of mostly downhill singletrack bring you Lynx Lake Area trail parking. From the back (northwest) side of the parking area, get on #62 Ranch Trail.

Climb 3.3mi to #9854 Trail. This climb has some difficult sections.

Climb 0.8mi to the #299 Watershed Trail.

Descend back down the #299 Watershed Trail (which you climbed earlier).

Cross Senator Highway and enjoy 3.7mi of twisty and turny flowing singletrack down trail 396.

Turn right onto #374 Trail, and a final left onto #373 Trail and you'll be back at the trailhead.

History & Background

A copy of Prescott's Trails and Outdoor Recreation Map will help with some of the less obvious junctions. They cost $1 and are available at many local bike and outdoor retailers.

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The ride is in the Prescott NF, not Kiabab. May 16, 2013


Why hasn't anyone adopted it yet? It looks pretty complete.... May 22, 2014


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