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Swazy's Leap

 
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Length

13.4 Miles 21.6 Kilometers


Doubletrack

Elevation

158' 48 m

Ascent

-1,703' -519 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

6,516' 1,986 m

High

4,940' 1,506 m

Low

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All Clear 20 days ago
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A remote route that gets you to a classic slot canyon.

F. Felix

Overview

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Dogs: No Dogs

Need to Know

Swazey's Leap is (was?) the decaying remnants of a hastily constructed bridge that crossed the slot canyon. The bridge was used to move sheep back and forth from meager grazing allotments on either side. In the late 1880's, Sid Swazey won a bet that he could jump his horse across. Yeesh.

Description

If you are looking for a traditional bike ride, look elsewhere. The San Rafael Swell is a special place where you can experience something close to wilderness discovery. This is a place where mountain bikes are best used to facilitate hiking/rock climbing/pack-rafting access. Without an exception that I can think of--and aside from the stunning scenery--there's nothing particularly striking about the actual riding in the Swell. This specific dirt road is dry and hot, with approximately zero shade.

I can think of two excellent reasons to ride this trail, however: first, for the amazing stars you'll see, and the wild burros you'll hear at night while camped at the trailhead; and second, to save you hours of hiking in and out of the Lower Black Box.

The Lower Black Box is a section of the San Rafael River that runs through a narrow Coconino sandstone canyon. Once you enter at the top (given a safe water level, of course!), you'll wade and swim your way downstream to where you can eventually get back out again at a tiny sulphur spring. Then, you hike back along the canyon rim to where you started. The bike ride makes the approach and return much more expedient and pleasant.

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Apr 30, 2018
Gosia Lieske
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