This ride follows a little used forest road that passes through virtually every type of ponderosa pine habitat that one could find on the south Kaibab. The scenery here is diverse. Along the roadside you will see "dog hair" thickets of spindly ponderosa pine saplings, groups of medium-sized "black-jack" Ponderosa and more open communities of tall "yellow pine" ponderosa. In spite of all the different names and appearances, they are all the same tree species. There are even a few areas of the forest in this area that are lush with undergrowth which is a rarity in northern Arizona.
The route itself is interesting too. There are a number of ups and downs with some fun curves to add spice to the ride. There's even a dip or two through a rocky creek bed. Watch for wildlife along the way. The Round Mountain Loop adds up to an interesting ride that will keep you wondering what's around the next bend. source: fs.usda.gov