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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.
● 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
This 60-mile segment climbs west out of Flagstaff on old two-track across Observatory Mesa before meandering in and out of grassy parks and through ponderosa pine forests. Farther west, the route passes Lava River Cave, traverses Spring Valley, climbs over the east shoulder of Sitgreaves Mountain, and then crosses Interstate 40. The final miles pass Dog Lake Reservoir and Bill Williams Mountain before dropping quickly into the touristy Route 66 town of Williams. Riding is mostly on dirt forest roads with some short sections of rougher two-track.
Recommended printed topographic maps:
● Trails Illustrated maps 856 (Flagstaff/Sedona)
● 854 (Sycamore Canyon/Verde Valley)
● See Arizona Gazetteer for northwest quarter of loop
● 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.
● Hike Lava River Cave (mile 21; 1 mile round trip; dress warmly and bring lights)
● 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.