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Rim Country, White Mountains of Arizona and Beyond...
Located in the Northeastern Region of Arizona. Adventure starts on AZ Highway 87 (Beeline) from Roosevelt Lake, through Payson, turns right onto AZ Highway 260 and travels through Christopher Creek and Kohl's Ranch, climbs up the Mogollon Rim to Forest Lakes and Heber, then continues on to Show Low, Snowflake, Vernon, Concho, Pinetop-Lakeside, Hon-Dah, Sunirse Park Resort, Greer and on to Springerville and Alpine. Along the way there are trails, river and lakes, State Parks, ski hills, National Forests and much more!
By Brian Zongker
Many of you know that the White Mountains of Arizona host one of the largest mountain bike races in the state, The Tour of the White Mountains. Put on by Epic Rides, this mountain bike race showcases the White Mountain Trail System. This year’s event was its 22nd annual. I bet you didn’t know that it had been going on this long. Well, it has and the community really comes together to put on an amazing event. There were right
By Rob Bettaso
Periodically, our electric company mails out a summary of precipitation values for the year. In this portion of the White Mountains, generally the driest time is mid to late spring. In other words, now.
Given our current temperate weather, I have been mountain biking the local Apache-Sitgreaves (A-S) National Forest Trail System as much as possible. Later in our warm season, when the monsoons kick in, the trails can become a quagmire, making biking nearly impossible. Additionally, in a few more weeks, the trails will see much greater hiking and equestrian use from visiting desert dwellers -- up in the High Country to escape the heat.
Over the years, I have hiked the nearby Panorama Trail (PT) a few times and have always meant to give it a spin on my bike. This spring, I decided the time had come to pedal the PT. So, on a recent morning, I aired up my bike’s tires, lubed the chain, put a few items in a day pack and set off for what I expected would be a leisurely half-day jaunt.
Distance-wise, the PT is a very reasonable ride as, at its longest, it is only a 9.5-mile loop. At two points along the Trail, you can reduce the mileage by taking an authorized and well-marked short-cut. The Forest Service trail guide READ MORE...
Tour of the White Mountains
Ride the 22nd Annual Tour of the White Mountains. Located in Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ and offering some of Arizona’s best singletrack choose the gravel grinder or graduated distance single track course options.2017
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