Flagstaff, Arizona, isn't just for the adrenaline junkies; it's a haven for beginners and those seeking a leisurely ride too. The network of trails situated just east of downtown Flagstaff stands as a glowing example of this. With a distance of 15 miles of mostly flat, twisty single tracks, this network is excellent for first-time cyclists, casual riders, or those looking to fit in a quick after-work spin.
- Distance: 15 miles
- Level: Very Easy
- Route Type: Network
- City: Flagstaff
- State: Arizona
Quick Access to Five Loops
One of the perks of this spot is its central access to five different loops, all varying in length. There's a large map and trail descriptions available right at the main trailheads, offering riders easy navigation. To reach the main trailhead, head east from downtown Flagstaff on Route 66 or Interstate 40, and follow the given directions:
- Turn right on Country Club Dr and head south for about 1 mile.
- Turn left on old Walnut Canyon Rd. The pavement will end in about 100 yards.
- Cross a cattle guard, and the next road to the left has a gate, which leads to the parking area.
- Ride through the gate and uphill for 0.2 miles to reach the main trailheads.
Experience Level and Trail Features
- Beginner-Friendly: The consensus is that this is an excellent trail system for those new to mountain biking. No daunting climbs, harrowing descents, or intimidating obstacles here.
- Twisty Yet Gentle: Cyclists enjoy the trails' twisty nature through the sparse ponderosa pine forest.
- High Traffic: The network is also a favorite among local trail runners, so expect some company.
- Freeway Noise: While the forest provides a serene backdrop, the noise from nearby I-40 can be a minor annoyance.
- Connection to the AZ Trail: For those interested, this network connects to the more challenging Arizona Trail leading to Mount Elden.
- Relaxed Ride: If you're not looking for something technical and prefer a relaxed pace, this network is ideal.
As multiple reviewers have pointed out, this network is the epitome of a beginner-friendly trail system. It's a refreshing change for riders who aren't looking to test their technical skills but instead are interested in a simple, scenic ride. The range of loop options also adds variety, ensuring that riders can tailor their experience based on skill level and time constraints. Consider this a 'must-ride' if you're new to the cycling scene in Flagstaff.