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Pipeline Road (BLM 8100)

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Long road with amazing desert mountain views!


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19.3

Miles

31.0

KM

Doubletrack

2,789' 850 m

High

1,575' 480 m

Low

1,387' 423 m

Up

567' 173 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

20%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Need to Know

No access to the T. O. Nation beyond this route end without permission of the Nation. There is no cell phone reception past about mile 9 (as of early 2021).

Description

Pipeline Road (BLM 8100) heads northeast of Ajo, Arizona, with views of the Batamote Mountains, Coffee Pot, and Tom Thumb along the way.

The first 12 miles or so are fairly flat or low grades, with periodic sections of rock or sandy washes to traverse. After rain, the first nine miles can have large pools of water in the road for up to several weeks. The views past the Batamote Mountains are amazing, and there are many BLM routes that run north (and several to the south) from this road.

Traditional and fat mtb tires are best on this road due to the rocky terrain after approximately mile 14, although it is rideable with some skill on gravel bike tires at least to mile 16. If riding a gravel bike, slightly higher pressures help prevent rim hits on the rocks later in the ride. Some of the sandy wash crossings may not be rideable on narrow tires during dry months, but recent rains make them passable with some effort even on gravel bike tires.

Contacts

Local Club: Bike Ajo

Land Manager: BLM - Lower Sonoran Field Office

Shared By:

Danny Martin

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#30

in Ajo Trails

#25238

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#745

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Looking E from just W of the intersection of Pipeline Road (BLM 8100) and BLM 8108 (unmapped as of May 2021). Fattire Mike suffering as one should...
May 19, 2021 near Ajo, AZ
Ed showing me why I should not have switched out my 26x4" tires for 29x2.8". Lesson learned! This climb requires skill, luck, and most likely some walking! Keep in mind it is a long helicopter ride to the nearest hospital (if you can get cell service!).
May 19, 2021 near Ajo, AZ
Looking NE from Burro Gap towards Coffee Pot and associated mountains, from Pipeline Road (BLM 8100). Fattire Mike taking a break near a young Saguaro cactus that is probably older than he is.
May 19, 2021 near Ajo, AZ
Looking NE from the top of the Pipeline Road climb (or hike!). All downhill from here...
May 19, 2021 near Ajo, AZ
Looking back to the west from the top of the Pipeline Road climb.
May 19, 2021 near Ajo, AZ
Looking back to the west from about halfway up the nasty part of the climb up Pipeline. The views are worth the suffering, even if by foot.
May 19, 2021 near Ajo, AZ

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