The 2010 Whiskey Off-Road – The hardest 28 miles!

About 900 mountain bikers showed up to test their skill and endurance at the seventh annual Whiskey Off-Road this weekend in Prescott, AZ. The weather was absolutely perfect. Competitors have a choice of riding a 15 mile course, 25 mile course (my Garmin shows it is actually 28.4 miles) and 50 mile course. Of course I chose to ride the 25 mile course. 50 miles is just sadistic considering the amount of climbing. Maybe someday… Read More »

Bill Williams Mountain

This route uses some of the same trails as the race course, but goes in a clockwise direction instead. Park at the Williams Ranger Station on Route 66 in town. Follow Route 66 east to 4th street. Turn right and follow for 6 miles all on pavement to lookout road (FS111). Turn right and climb the fireroad for 6 miles until the singletrack (Camp Clover Trail). Follow this twisty steep singletrack for 4 miles down… Read More »

Spruce Mountain Trail 307 – Prescott, AZ

A great ride to get away from the summer heat. Spruce Mountain’s starting elevation is about 6300 feet above sea level and climbs to about 7700 feet. This ride is full of beautiful singletrack and awesome views. The 3.3 mile climb to the top is pretty strenuous, with plenty of switchbacks, rocks and roots. The 5.5 mile descent is every bit worth the climb. A ripping singletrack descent among the ponderosa pine forest. I suffer… Read More »

Cathedral Rock – Sedona, AZ

by Spoonman Great trail with awesome scenery. The singletrack is quick and twisting. Lots of up and down with some technical sections to it. Halfway through you can take a dip into Oak Creek, and if you want you can swing on the rope and jump into Oak Creek. After that, it’s some moderate to strenuous riding until you make it back to the road. Lots of fun! Directions: Take I-17 north from Phoenix to… Read More »

Thumper Loop – Cottonwood

By Randy Victory The Thumper Loop, is actually comprised of portions of three trails: Raptor, Thumper, and Lime Kiln. The Raptor singletrack starts out rocky and rolling for about a quarter-mile, then a steep pitch, “the Evil Hill”, appears. This is a real tester, and just about everyone has occasionally pushed their bike up this one (although it can be ridden in the middle ring). But, it’s the steepest climb on the entire trail. After… Read More »

Soldier Pass Secret Trails – Sedona, AZ

A fun kind of exploration ride on awesome singletrack. There are various landmarks to see on this ride. Devil’s sink is a huge sink hole in the middle of the trail. Watch out, because the trail rides right up to it and if you don’t stop you are a gonner. Also, the seven sacred pools are fun to ride around. The area is beautiful with the Sedona red rocks all around you. the ride is… Read More »

Mt. Elden – Sunset Trail to Schultz Creek Trail Loop – Flagstaff, AZ

by Chris Morrill – This trail has it all. A good aerobic climb, a rewarding scenic view, incredibly diverse single track and lots of speed. Start by taking the Elden Lookout road. Ride up, up, up for 6 miles with about 1,700 feet in elevation gain. Not to worry you will forget all about the climb when you are carving the trail at mach speeds. There is a sign that directs you over to… Read More »

Trail 305 – Prescott, AZ

by mtbdeb This trail is not technical but is twisty turny and too much fun. Bring your lungs. If you haven’t had enough climbing yet, cross the road and continue up the Smith Ravine trail, and remember, what goes up must fly down! Also, ride over to the lake and check out the resident bald eagles. The Forest Service has just added a significant section. This increases the trail to seven miles, one way, or… Read More »

Williams Race Course

The course’s average elevation is 7000 feet. It starts out heading north then gradually turns west and crosses over 4th street and towards the singeltrack climb up Bill Williams mountain. It is a pretty smooth gradual climb until you hit the swtichbacks near the top. Then it gets pretty steep. The climb is beautiful as the singletrack snakes it way through the forest and some beautiful fern areas. The climb ends and comes out onto… Read More »