Arizona 2005 - Day 4 - Flagstaff - Mt Elden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Had a great breakfast at the fairfield Inn - Waffles, Fruit, Cereals, Bacon and Juice , and then headed over to Dan's place to go for a ride on Mt Elden.

We started the ride by riding from town through Buffalo park, then onto the Lower Oldham trail, the Oldham trail is a great trail winding through up though the woods

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Oldham Trail

 

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Dan on lower Oldham Trail

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Me on Oldham Trail

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Me on Oldham Trail

We rode up the Elden Look Out road to get to the the start of the sunset trail, the road has a nice gradual gradient but the altitude does make it a challenge to ride up for a low lander like me.

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Mount Elden Lookout road with sunset peaks in background

 

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Dan on start of sunset trail

We then rode down the Sunset trail, which was a great very narrow stretch of singletrack heading steeply down, until we reached the Catwalk trail, its very different riding here compared to the rest of the mountain as there had been a big fire on this side of the mountain a few years back and most of the trees were dead

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Me on the Catwalk trail

We then dropped down through the Hobbit forest a fun downhill section, with massive boulders scattered around the path

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Dan Hobbit Forest

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Me Hobbit Forest

Next we connected onto the Little Bear trail, an excellent trail which switch back's down the mountain. As the trail was sheltered from the sun there was some snow on the ground

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Dusting of Snow Little Bear

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Little Bear trail

The trail system on Mt Elden was in great shape, on the Little Bear trail we came across the only major obstacle, a big tree down across the trail in 2 parts, we managed to push it down the mountain from the trail.

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Trail Maintenance

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End of Little Bear Trail

When we got to the bottom of Llittle Bear trail we turned left onto the Little Elden trail. We then rode up to Schultz tank. In the picture to the right you can see how cold it was - this little pond was totally frozen up.

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Schultz Tank frozen pond

We then rode the most fun trail of the day the Schultz Creek trail, Dan graciously let me take the lead and we blasted down the trail with him close to my back wheel, to its end. Of all the trails I rode on this holiday this was the one which left me with the biggest smile on my face, no pictures of the trail as we were going to fast to stop. We then headed back to Dan's place after putting in around 27 miles of riding.

I met up with Dan later that evening and we had a Thai meal at RACHA THAI food was great

DAY 5