The highlight of this ride is a piece of singletrack that drops some 700 feet of elevation of the north side of Westgard Pass. While the trail could be shuttled, this loop provides some enjoyable doubletrack to get to the top of it, including at least one pretty fun descent. The end of the ride climbs two miles back up Hwy 168 to your car, which doesn't have much of a shoulder, and has some blind corners. Traffic is generally light, but it warrants some caution.
Right where White Mountain Road
cuts off Hwy 168 toward the Ancient Bristlecone Forests, there's a spot to park under a tree. Climb up White Mountain Road
a short distance from here, and look for a sign that says "exhibit". Take a left and ride past an interpretive sign up an old doubletrack, 8S109
. Stay on this until a 4-way where it crosses a larger doubletrack (4S01B
, not signed), and turn left.
up through a pass, continuing onto 35E309
and turn right on 35E310
at the top of the pass. This turns into a fun descent through a gully. At the bottom of this road, you'll get pointed up a hill to the right onto 35E311
(don't go left!). The road rolls, then goes up a steep hill to a 4-way intersection at a small pass. Turn left on the unmarked road, 8S109
This rolls, drops down a hill, and hits White Mountain Road
. Watch for traffic, and go straight across to the dirt road on the other side (4S01G). A short climb and this ends where a singletrack marked with a forest service sign starts, Westgard Pass Trail
The singletrack drops down, rocky at first passing below some ledges. After a switchback, the trail drops into a gully where it gets fast and fun. You come out on another doubletrack at the bottom of a wash.
Turn right and descend this road to Hwy 168. Turn right then climb up 168, over Westgard Pass and back to your car.