A fantastic well maintained 11-mile loop around the top of Page Mesa in far northern Arizona with great views of the surrounding desert, Lake Powell and the decommissioned Salt River Project Navajo Generating plant. This a fun trail and the only singletrack in the area. It is a multi-use trail that skirts along town for a while but mostly travels through remote desert areas outside Page.
Need to Know
This singletrack is well maintained and nicely marked with many trail posts. There are also a good number of natural trail markers and rock lines to guide you along the way. Be on alert for some road crossings while near town - specifically twice across Lake Powell Blvd and once at Ridgeway Drive. There are trail posts and traffic caution signs on each side of these streets. The overall trail is a mix of hardpack, slickrock, and some sand. Wide tires (2.4 or greater) are highly recommended as sand patches can be thick in some sections. A hard tail is fine but a rear suspension is very helpful and more forgiving in the rough spots.
The trail is rated correctly but there are some sections that can be tricky at speed. This is something you'll love about this loop; it can be very leisurely or a nice challenge at higher speeds. The views along the entire loop are absolutely spectacular. Be courteous to the small number of runners/hikers you may see along the way.
This is a great 11-mile circumnavigation of Page that follows the mesa shelf around the town. 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 and several local establishments have maps available. The trail is well marked and there are mileage signs along the way. There are some fun transitions of the trail through some housing and other spots like the golf course. A couple of pedestrian/bike bridges and ramps add great character to the route.
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, bring what you need from home. There are no local bike shops in Page.
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