Schultz Pass Loop

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11.2 Miles 18.1 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

994' 303 m

Ascent

-995' -303 m

Descent

8,103' 2,470 m

High

7,198' 2,194 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

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48 days agoUpdate

A fun loop that climbs gradually through pine forest and sweeps down along Schultz Creek.

Jason Wilder

Overview

This is a good ride for after work or for when you don't have time or the legs for an Mt. Elden climb or other local epic. The climbing still offers a good workout in the forest and the descent offers a lot of fun if you can keep your momentum up. Generally smooth trails and relaxed grade make this a good outing for advanced beginners.

Need To Know

Schultz Creek Trail is one of the busiest trails in the area. Be aware of dogs, hikers and riders coming up.

The northern end of Schultz Creek Trail thaws slowly from winter snow, so mud and ice can remain through April.

Description

This loop uses the Moto and Arizona trails for the ascent, and comes down via Schultz Creek. The ride can be done in either direction, but the more relaxed grade and less rocky Moto/AZ Trails make it a bit easier to do this route clockwise.

From the parking area at the bottom of Schultz Pass Road, head up the valley on the Schultz Creek Trail. Braided trails diverge and re-connect here, and the general idea is to stick to the valley bottom. At a signed intersection at 0.6 miles turn left, crossing Schultz Pass Road, and then contour west following signs for the Moto Trail. This area is the lower section of the Fort Valley trail system, which can be confusing to navigate. Numerous trail signs with accompanying maps can help you keep your bearings. At 1.7 miles from the start of the ride you should hit a signed intersection with the Moto trail - turn right/uphill.

The Moto Trail ascends gradually through open pines with views of the Peaks. Follow it as far as the signed intersection with the Arizona Trail (mile 3.2). Turn right on the AZ Trail, which contours east and occasionally loses elevation as it dips with the terrain. At a signed intersection, follow the "Equestrian Bypass" (the "Flagstaff Urban Route" will take you down to Schultz Creek and can be used to shorten the ride). Continue on the AZ Trail until a signed intersection with the Secret Trail (mile 6.8). Turn right on the Secret Trail which will cross Schultz Pass Road and dump you in the Sunset Trail Parking Area.

From here, numerous options can be used to extend the ride (e.g., heading up into the Dry Lake Hills or over to Mt. Elden), but this route follows the signed Schultz Creek Trail downhill and back to your car. The trail dips and rolls along Schultz Creek (which might be running) through aspen and Douglas fir. Take advantage of the berms and keep an eye out for opportunities to get a little air. This trail flows nicely and has some playful features to exploit.

Schultz Creek is extremely popular with hikers, bikers and dog walkers, so be ready for encounters unless you are riding off-hours.

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Nov 14, 2016
jade suster
Nov 11, 2016
Lou Ortego
Oct 30, 2016
Elise Edson
What a fun ride!! Great flow and diversity. Wicked downhill and nice climbing. Yummy. Will be back! 8.3mi
Oct 28, 2016
Jonathan Haworth
Oct 25, 2016
James McNulty
Light rain last night and this morning. Trail appears dry.
Oct 23, 2016
Jared Lohrman
Great ride with Pakes and Shuffy 12.2mi
Oct 12, 2016
Lucky Largo
Oct 7, 2016
Larry Robbins

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  4.5 from 17 votes

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After riding Sedona for a week this was a nice change of scenery and trail. Nice big trees. Great dirt and cooler temps from Sedona. Also ends with a fun full-speed down :) May 4, 2014


this loop is uzzle-fuzzled. Completely intropic. Oct 18, 2014


The downhill at the end is a fun one. Not technical just fun!! Oct 21, 2016


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