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Mt. Francis Loop

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

23.4 mile 37.7 kilometer loop
75% Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,213' 675 m
Descent: -2,244' -684 m
High: 6,883' 2,098 m
Low: 5,347' 1,630 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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A climb through the Thumb Butte area followed by great descents along the southern Sierra Preita.

Charlie Glasel

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

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Overview

This loop incorporates some great trails, climbs through the Thumb Butte area (several optional routes here), then heads up a rugged climb on Sparrow, followed by excellent descents on Moby #737 and #9415 Wolverton Mountain Trail.

Sparrow follows a fairly busy ravine, Moby #737 has beautiful forest and great views, as does Wolverton - if you can take your eyes off the trail! You can add Goldwater Lakes Trail #396 and Feldmeier Trail #330 after crossing White Spar Rd. if you're still hungry for more.

Need to Know

Bring cash or cards for beer and food when back in town.

Description

This ride starts with some paved climbing out of town. at Thumb Butte, take the trail on the left - Trail #367 - Miller Creek Trail. Then Trail 392 - Garden Grove Trail, which gently climbs through the ponderosa pines before a series of switchbacks brings you to a four-way intersection.

Go straight through the intersection. There, #322 Circle Connection Trail is a fairly short descent before going right on Potts Creek Trail #327, followed by a left onto Trail #51 after about 1/3 of a mile. Soon, you'll come to a five-way intersection. Go straight on Potts Creek Trail #327. The turn onto Sparrow is unmarked and easy to miss (go right at a downed, dead tree).

The climb up Sparrow will be challenging for some, but it flattens out from time to time.

Go left on the dirt Thumb Butte Rd, then straight at the four-way intersection of Copper Basin Rd, and climb a bit on Mt Francis Rd until you come to a gate (don't go left and up to the top of Mt Francis). This is the top of East Copper Trail #260.

Go around the gate. After crossing a cattle guard, East Copper Trail #260 starts downhill. A couple hundred yards after the cattle guard, at most, look for Moby #737 (not currently marked) on the left. It is right at the end of the first tight, right turn on East Copper Trail #260.

After about half a mile of sweet singletrack, you'll see a large, dead tree trunk about 20' high, and a dead tree on the left. Go to the left (straight takes you to Aspen Creek Trail #48 - not a disaster, just stay left and you'll come out at the same place)! Once Moby #737 hits the old forest/mining roads, it can be a little harder to follow - just go downhill and/or consult your MTB Project mobile app and follow the course.

After the steepest part of the descent, Moby #737 joins Aspen Creek Trail #48; you have to be on the brakes here and make a hard right. Climb a bit and go left onto #9415 Wolverton Mountain Trail. After a pretty short two-track climb, #9415 Wolverton Mountain Trail angles downhill and spits you out onto White Spar Rd after about 4.5 miles of ripping downhill singletrack.

Go straight across White Spar Rd, after looking both ways for traffic, and you're at the Goldwater Lakes Trail #396 trailhead and parking lot. Bear right and go past the gate, then left onto Goldwater Lakes Trail #396. After about a quarter mile, there's a split - go left, and take Twist & Shout Trail #372 for a bit, then a hard right on Apple Blossom Trail #373 back down to White Spar Rd.

If you're hungry for more singletrack, stay on Goldwater Lakes Trail #396, and take the left, after about 4.2 miles, onto Feldmeier Trail #330. At the bottom of Feldmeier Trail #330, go right on Banning Creek Trail #81, then a semi-hidden left onto Apple Blossom Trail #373, which will bring you back to White Spar Rd and (go right) into town.

Take the road into town for fuel and coolant!

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Apr 4, 2020
Will Falltrick
Great ride! Really all about the Wolverton DH, otherwise trails are fun but mellow. 26mi — 2h 30m
Oct 14, 2019
Jeff Fuller
Decent loop with some challenging climbing and some really funny sections of singletrack. There is quite a bit of road work in the beginning and e… 23.4mi — 3h 07m
Sep 28, 2019
Mike Nuss
Mar 23, 2018
Daniel LeClaire

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  3.3 from 3 votes

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#2937

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Photos

Ryan on the Fat Bike
Dec 8, 2013 near Prescott, AZ
Prescott singletrack.
Jan 11, 2016 near Prescott, AZ
Top of Wolverton Trail. Great descent ahead!
Jan 11, 2016 near Prescott, AZ
Ryan and Doug on 326
Dec 8, 2013 near Prescott, AZ
Doug coming down Garden Grove
Dec 8, 2013 near Prescott, AZ
Jeff at The Grotto
Dec 8, 2013 near Prescott, AZ

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