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Shake Spring Trail

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Mostly walking uphill, but it's a rowdy, good downhill.


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4.5

Miles

7.3

KM

Singletrack

8,805' 2,684 m

High

5,711' 1,741 m

Low

3,098' 944 m

Up

4' 1 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Unknown

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Snowy in the upper reaches during winter months.

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I did not know what to expect from this trail (primarily hiking, but MTB is permitted), so I decided to go uphill until I reached something that I could not ride downhill. About 3-3/4 hrs later I reached the top! With grades often 15+% going uphill meant a little pedaling, but mostly walking.

This is a very rough trail. Water bars are constructed of stones set vertically in the ground. They stick up like teeth and are obscured by grass.

From the parking area, pass through a fence zig-zag, then a gate that should remain closed. The grassy trail heads for the mountain with climbs that are just a warmup. The trail is fairly easy to follow as it climbs past a couple of springs and into large trees.

Eventually you'll contour along the base of cliffs and reach a large parking area on 366.

With a shuttle ride to the top, this would make a superb downhill. There are many switchbacks, but none have penalty points like cliffs. A few are so tight and steep that you have to stop and turn the bike 180 degrees. Once you reach the grass keep an eye out for the water bars!

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John Geronimo

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The traverse below the cliffs is the only section with a significant cross-slope
Jan 3, 2015 near Swift T…, AZ
Cliffs near the top
Jan 3, 2015 near Swift T…, AZ
Switchback
Jan 3, 2015 near Swift T…, AZ
View of Stockton Pass and playa to the west- from Shake Spring Trail
Jan 3, 2015 near Swift T…, AZ
Chunky section
Jan 3, 2015 near Swift T…, AZ
Big trees start around 7000 ft on Shake Spring Trail
Jan 3, 2015 near Swift T…, AZ

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