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10.8 mile 17.4 kilometer loop
75% Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 413' 126 m
Descent: -414' -126 m
High: 4,343' 1,324 m
Low: 4,051' 1,235 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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A great singletrack ride around the top of Page mesa with grand views of Lake Powell.

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Overview

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.

Need to Know

In some places, you need some good route-finding skills to locate the trail - but it's there. Look for some road crossings.

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.

Description

This is a great 11-mile circumnavigation of Page that follows the mesa shelf around the town. Just be sure to bring your own bike as there aren't currently any rental options in the area. 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.

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Apr 14, 2019
Susan Marshall
Rode from the north parking area, and other than a short stretch of deep sand on the entry/ exit connector, the trail is in great shape. Wow views!
Dec 21, 2018
J Gibson
Oct 14, 2018
Grant Beveridge
Trail is in good shape 11mi
Sep 6, 2018
Korey Seyler
10.8mi — 0h 55m
May 1, 2018
Mark Blackman
Apr 22, 2018
Tom B
Not a destination ride but definitely a fun ride on the way to the destination.
Apr 5, 2018
Dan Martel
10mi
Dec 28, 2017
Abe Ferraro
Great view of lake Powel...doesn't get much closer to the rim then this trail...thankfully easy but 1 section made me nervous with a 300 ft drop off 10.8mi

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  4.3 from 17 votes

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