The Arizona Trail is an 800+ mile recreation trail from Mexico to Utah that connects mountain ranges, canyons, deserts, forests, wilderness areas, historic sites, trail systems, points of interest, communities, and people. (from aztrail.org)
Review: I rode this trail from Flagstaff to Phoenix on my Trek hardtail loaded down with my first bikepacking experience. It is pretty cool getting to ride through multiple bioms in such a short distance. The contours of this trail are absolutely amazing. My chain exploded on me twice just outside of Payson AZ. Jeremy at 87 Cyclery hooked me up fixed my bike and got me back on the road. After Payson I was unable to find water until close to phoenix so plan accordingly. I cant wait to ride the rest of this trail.
Review: 800 miles of trail, most of it legal and open to bikes, some wilderness and Grand Canyon bypasses. This is truly one of the great trails of the hemisphere. Sections from low desert to high mountains and back many times.
Review: I hope that someday the AZT will be in the Top 100 Best Trails here on ST. I am familiar with portions of the trail as a hiker from years ago. I can't wait to start riding portions and being able to give it a rating. I would think it will become a 5 star XC route.
Review: A great way to do this first section of the AZ trail is to park at the stateline campground ride up houserock valley rd. about 3 miles. Take a right on winter road and ride it up about 5 miles until you get to the start of the AZ trail. Then it's 10 miles back to the campground. Sometimes it's hard to follow but keep your eyes open and you'll find your way. Last section has 22 switchbacks as you lose 800 feet of elevation back to campground.
Review: The section of the trail that I rode near Flagstaff was absolutely epic XC singletrack: rocky but flawy, great contours, excellent construction... it was a pleasure to ride! I can't wait to experience more of the AZT!