AZT - Passage 17 - Alamo Canyon

 
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11.8 Miles 19.0 Kilometers


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732' 223 m

Ascent

-2,031' -619 m

Descent

3,737' 1,139 m

High

2,389' 728 m

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4%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

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An awesomely fun section with lots of climbing; kind of techy and not smooth, keeps you on your toes with great vistas.

Jeff O'Hara

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First, I did this as an out-and-back from the Picketpost Trailhead off of Hwy 60 (for a better sense of that route, see AZT - Picketpost TH to Red Mountain), which is how most riders will access this segment. Second, I hope I can do this trail justice. The scenery is superb and the trail bed is great.

To reflect the south-to-north directionality of the AZT, this description will start from the end of AZT - Passage 18 - Reavis Canyon. Starting at a small saddle around 3,700', the trail makes a quick ascent before starting the long, grin-inducing descent. It is not entirely downhill as it rolls up and down but mostly trends downward.

This section of the AZT is very well-marked. The trail is almost entirely rideable, but it will challenge everyone in places and most riders along the way. This is not a super fast trail as a descent. It is not an incessant rock garden, but also not a flow trail. There is a rhythm, just not a fast one.

This might be the best trail I have ever ridden. There's a great mix of tech and backcountry feel. With that in mind, bring plenty of water and food. I recommend tubeless everywhere, but especially Arizona.

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Feb 10, 2017
Patricia Lebensohn
Jan 19, 2017
Jeff O'Hara
Awesome trail great views 26mi — 4h 25m

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