Segment 1: Flagstaff to Williams

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61.4 Miles 98.8 Kilometers


Doubletrack

2,919' 890 m

Ascent

-3,086' -941 m

Descent

7,806' 2,379 m

High

6,781' 2,067 m

Low

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Unknown

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Pine forests, grassy parks, and extinct volcanic peaks.

Bikepacking Roots

Notice: This has been hidden from our maps in order to prevent overlap with existing trails or rides, or due to our research indicating that this trail does not have legal or public access.

Overview

  • Dispersed camping is permitted in most areas of this segment aside from the obvious areas of private land around miles 28-30 (Spring Valley) and miles 40-50 (south of Interstate 40)
  • You NEED an Arizona State Land Department Recreation Permit for this section of the route
Features: Commonly Bikepacked

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Description

The start of this route follows a 60-mile segment as it climbs west from Flagstaff on old doubletrack across Observatory Mesa before meandering in and out of grassy parks and through ponderosa pine forests.

As it continues west, the route passes Lava River Cave, crosses Spring Valley, and climbs over the east shoulder of Sitgreaves Mountain before crossing Interstate 40. Before reaching the touristy Route 66 town of Williams, the route passes Dog Lake Reservoir and Bill Williams. Most of this segment is along dirt forest roads with some short sections of rougher doubletrack.

Recommended printed topographic maps:
  • Trails Illustrated maps 856 (Flagstaff/Sedona)
  • 854 (Sycamore Canyon/Verde Valley)
  • See Arizona Gazetteer for northwest quarter of loop

Highlights:
  • Quiet dirt road (and a bit of rougher two-track) riding through ponderosa pines and meadows
  • Stay at the U.S. Forest Service Spring Valley Cabin Bunkhouse below Sitgreaves Mountain (mile 31). Reservations required; call the Kaibab N.F. (928-635-8200) for information.
  • Take a one mile round trip hike to Lava River Cave (mile 21). Make sure to dress warmly and bring lights)

Logistics:
  • The two most reliable water options are (1) around mile 31-35 (USFS cabin if vacant or stock tanks nearby and (2) Dogtown Lake Campground at mile 52
  • There are no resupply options on this segment until Williams. Williams offers restaurants, a grocery store, and motels.
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