A nice 11-mile loop around the top of Page Mesa in far northern Arizona with great views of the surrounding desert, Lake Powell and the ever-smoking Navajo Generating plant. This a fun trail and the only singletrack in the area.
In some places, you need some good route-finding skills to locate the trail - but it's there. Look for some road crossings. The trail is a mix of hardpack, slickrock, and some sand. Hybrid/light tread tires not recommended. Plus size tires are great out here -- it's actually a really good trail for fat tire bikes. Local bike shop (Rim Trail
) rents fat tire and plus size tire bikes that are well set up for this trail.
Two things to be aware of - the trail is rated correctly but there is one part that can be quite sketchy so use caution. It is about 200 meters of trail on the little loop on the northwest corner of the route - on the east side of that. There is a trail that can route you an alternate way to the left.
Second, just before the crossing of N Lake Powell there is a drainage that you probably either need to jump or reduce speed for. It can come up quickly especially if you're cruising on the descent so keep an eye out.
This is a great 11-mile circumnavigation of Page that follows the mesa shelf around the town. There are rental bikes that are well set up for the trail available at the local bike shop (Rim Trail
Bike Rentals rimtrailbike.com
). The loop can be accessed from either of two trailheads with parking, or from a number of points if you'd prefer to pedal from a nearby hotel. However you approach it, you'll find great views of the surrounding desert and Lake Powell as it takes you around the town and airport.
The Chamber of Commerce has maps available, but the route isn't well signed and there are enough intersections and nearby trails that you'll want to keep the MTB Project mobile app
handy to stay on track. There are some funky transitions of the trail through some housing and other spots like the golf course, but it's worth it!
The trailhead to the north allows riders to start with a brief descent and then get the climbing out of the way over the next few miles before a long gradual descent brings you back (as mapped). If you start at the Public Library trailhead, you'll end up dealing with the climb at the end of your ride, but this is probably still the best option if you're pedaling from a hotel.
Some guides say the trail is technical and difficult, but it's not. Sand might be a problem on the east side near the airport boundary, but otherwise it's an easy trail. Head counter-clockwise (as mapped) to enjoy a more gradual climb, especially when there's a headwind from the south. You'll probably have the beautiful views all to yourself.
Best done in early morning for the cool temps. Take water, sunscreen and snacks as there aren't really amenities along the way. If you need to stock up on gear or supplies, check out the local bike shop, Rim Trail
Bike and Hike.