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AES: Kentucky Camp Long

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 4.5 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Amazing endurance loop of the AZT that can be adjusted for shorter trips.


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Map Key

48.5

Miles

78.1

KM

50%

Singletrack

5,939' 1,810 m

High

4,497' 1,371 m

Low

4,765' 1,452 m

Up

4,768' 1,453 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Overview

This is the long version of the AES Kentucky Camp course. The upper loop is to be ridden in a CW direction, while the lower loop is to be ridden in a CCW direction.

Water is available at Kentucky Camp (mile 16 and 33). There's an outdoor sink behind the building on the left (as you first enter KC). The route is a mix of forest/jeep roads and Arizona Trail singletrack.

Description

The ride starts with a long climb on the AZT for the first seven miles to get you warmed up. Take a left at Box Canyon Rd (mile 7) follow it until it T's. Make a right here to get on Greaterville Rd. Stay on this until you come to the top of the hill, where you turn left onto the forest road.

You don't stay on this part long before turning right immediately after the first cattle gate. Follow it until you make a right on the more popular Fish Canyon Rd.

Turn left and enter Kentucky Camp at mile 16. There is water here and you'll cross through here again in another 16 miles. Kentucky Camp has cabins that can be reserved online and still maintains some of the original structures from when it was a mining camp.

Follow the singletrack until the first road intersection where you make a right. Follow the forest roads all the way to Link Trail. This trail can be loose and sometimes requires a little hike-a-bike. At the top of Link Trail, you've reached the highest elevation of the route with great views of Patagonia and have a fast descent back to the AZT trail at mile 27.

This section of the AZT used to be an old canal to bring water to Kentucky Camp. Signs along the route tell the history. It is a smooth, fast section where you get to ride through part of history in the canal that once carried water for the miners.

Back at Kentucky Camp, go left to climb up the forest road.

At mile 36, you turn back on singletrack and stay on it for the rest of the trip. Enjoy the descents you've earned with the climbs to get to the higher elevation.

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Jason Osborn

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Photos

Part of the two-track trail with views of the Mule Mountains in the distance.
Sep 25, 2017 near Corona…, AZ
Foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains where the trail runs.
Sep 25, 2017 near Corona…, AZ
The AZT
Dec 6, 2020 near Corona…, AZ
Along the two-track with the Whetstone Mountains in the distance--looking east
Sep 25, 2017 near Corona…, AZ
Fish Creek near Cave of the Bells
Sep 25, 2017 near Corona…, AZ
The snaking climb.
Jul 28, 2013 near Corona…, AZ

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