AZT - Kelvin to Red Mountain
ElevationAscent: 2,981' 909 m
Descent: -2,981' -909 m
High: 2,153' 656 m
Low: 1,649' 503 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)
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AZT - Kelvin to Ripsey Gate
25.3 mi 40.7 km • Out and Back • 3,909 ft Ascent 1191.56 m Ascent
Singletrack Kearny, AZ( 1 )
Ripsey Lollipop from Freeman Road
52.6 mi 84.7 km • Loop • 4,015 ft Ascent 1223.7 m Ascent
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AZT - Picketpost TH to Red Mountain
41.5 mi 66.8 km • Out and Back • 5,167 ft Ascent 1574.87 m Ascent
Singletrack Superior, AZ( 9 )
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“Excellent singletrack threaded into hills and valleys with many short climbs that add up.”— John Geronimo
Other access notes: The Florence-Kelvin highway is mostly gravel so it is typically faster to go around via 79, 60 and 177. Note that Price Road does not connect from Florence to Kelvin except by extreme 4X4 trails. Nearest services are in Superior and Winkelman.
Go through the gate and ride down the road. After 0.3 mi, turn right onto fine singletrack. This is where your ride begins. You'll climb gradually to the top of the ridge for about 2 miles. This is high point of the section, and the rest will be a thrilling descent. Descending the tight west switchbacks you'll soon glimpse the old iron Southern Pacific railroad bridge ahead, and you'll continue to lose elevation until you reach the bridge.
Back at river level, the trail meanders west but soon climbs again into the hills. Contouring around The Spine, the trail drops back to river level. At 9.5 miles pass through a metal bar fence. Now comes 1.3 miles of road, but don't worry you'll soon be back on singletrack.
Just past Walnut Canyon go through a metal gate and resume riding on singletrack. Once again the trail leaves river level and meanders up into the foothills with tight turns and rideable grades.
Eventually you'll slip through a narrow gap (or yard sale in the cliffs) and descend to intersect with a 4X4 road. Follow this road uphill for 0.3 mile to the Red Mountain trailhead and AZT - Picketpost TH to Red Mountain segment. In the other direction, the Gila River can be accessed and water is drinkable once filtered, assuming the river is flowing.
Red Mountain access is a serious 4X4 adventure in itself: 12 miles into a very remote area with some deep ruts and small bedrock ledges. You'll need to be completely prepared for backcountry 4X4 if you intend to ride this route, including fix-a-flat and tire changing capability.
Land Manager: Arizona Trail Association
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