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Old 01-20-2015, 04:29 PM   #1
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Mesa,Payson,Sedona,Jerome,Mesa Pres Day Wknd

I have been bouncing around the idea of doing and epic dualsport trip over Presidents Day Weekend.

Here is the route that I am thinking of attempting:




Total Mileage is around 500 miles.

I think 3 or 4 days would be perfect. 95% of the ride will be dirt fire roads, so the scenery should be amazing.

I am a little concerned about the temps at night and if the roads will be super muddy.

Let me know if anyone has route advice.

Here is a rough breakdown of the roads.

(Mesa) Pobrecito Trailhead
4 Peaks Road
A Cross Road
Cherry Creek Road (Young)
NF 200 (Chamberlain Trail)
Rim Rd
HWY 260 (Pine Area)
Beaver Creek RD
Stoneman Lake
Schnebly Hill Road (Sedona)
Boynton Pass Road
Sycamore Canyon Road (Jerome)
FR 413
FR 132
FR 96
Flower Pot Road
Dugas Road
Bloody Basin Road
Cave Creek Road (Cave Creek)
Dynamite (Rio Verde)
McDowell Mtn Road (Fountain Hills)
Heading Home Mesa

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Old 01-20-2015, 07:01 PM   #2
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Thats an early start hard riding two day trip. Have road every inch of it but not at once. Good route though.
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Old 01-20-2015, 07:45 PM   #3
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3 or 4 days

That seems like a long time to ride this route. Is your plan to do a photo tour and camp early?
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Old 01-20-2015, 08:38 PM   #4
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That's a pretty aggressive schedule for a mountain bike, although the AZ Trail race is typically completed in 8 days/750 miles


Oh, you are riding a moto...Are you going to simulate a fixed gear bicycle and just keep it in 1st?





Have fun :)
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Old 01-20-2015, 09:23 PM   #5
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I think the Rim Rd is closed all winter..........
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:14 PM   #6
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I think the Rim Rd is closed all winter..........
It is closed.
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Old 01-21-2015, 08:29 AM   #7
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You guys know how slow I am on the trail. I need to stop and smell the roses every couple of hours.

I think 3 days would be perfect. 165 miles a day. That means camping 1 night somewhere in the Payson area and another night in Jerome.

I guess I need to find an alternate for the Rim Road. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-21-2015, 08:36 AM   #8
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Man....this sure looks and sounds like a fun ride...
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Old 01-21-2015, 08:38 AM   #9
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Control Road

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I guess I need to find an alternate for the Rim Road. Any suggestions?
Control road, FR64, which is below the rim, is probably open. You can take it from Tonto Village off hwy 260, or you can get on Houston Mesa road N. of Payson and pick it up there.

Not as nice as FR300, but it should be open.
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:00 AM   #10
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You are right. That FR64 looks perfect. It drops me off right before Pine, so that will be a good spot for food and supplies.
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Old 01-21-2015, 11:22 AM   #11
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Looks like a good route - take your time and enjoy it. Might be a little bit chilly in Feb.
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Old 01-21-2015, 12:38 PM   #12
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I'm interested. I just can't commit to it right now.
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Old 01-21-2015, 12:53 PM   #13
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My suggestions would be instead of taking the 512 (young highway) to the 260 I'd cut through the Chamberlain Trail/Nf-200 instead.

The control road around Payson is nice. We rode that on that Payson ride with the big group that we did a few months ago that we staged out of Mil's house.

The last suggestion is to try to cut through the forest instead of going around on the 260 toward Schnebly Hill Rd. Maybe something like this.
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Old 01-21-2015, 01:14 PM   #14
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Agreed. I have chamberlain trail in my first route. I like your forested track that bypasses the 260. I will update my route.

I think camping between Pine and Payson for the first night and somewhere near Cottonwood for the second night would be ideal.

The low at elevation is 30 degrees. I will be packing warm for the night, but the riding weather should be perfect.
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Old 01-21-2015, 01:46 PM   #15
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What are your dates for this ride? Im quite interested in this cool little loop of AZ. Id be on a Triumph Scrambler...Have some skill riding it but it aint no dirt bike....Doable? And could you tolerate a Californian??
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