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Level: Expert
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +504/497 ft
Total: 4 riders
 

Mountain Biking Sycamore Rim Trail

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#63 of 422 mountain bike trails in Arizona
#1713 in the world

Most people come to this ride for the view of Sycamore Canyon at the overlook, but the scenery along the way is worth the trip, too. The ride starts out in a ponderosa pine forest where big pines and bright green Gambel oaks stand in clumps by the roadside. Farther into the ride, the trees give way to broad grasslands dotted with alligator junipers. These squat, spreading trees have been pruned into bizarre shapes by years of cattle browsing, creating a landscape that looks like something straight out of Africa.
At road's end, the view is spectacular. Sycamore Canyon with its buff cliffs of Coconino Sandstone drops precipitously at your feet. To the north, San Francisco Peaks seem to rise right out of the upper reaches of this chasm, creating a landscape that encompasses 8,000 feet of elevation change, from canyon floor to mountain summit. Mingus Mountain and the Verde Valley complete the panorama to the south.
The Sycamore Point Ride follows FR 110 out and back to the scenic overlook. This road is used by a moderate amount of motorized traffic, so be prepared to share the road with vehicles. The road surface is reasonably smooth with no steep grades. There is no possibility of a loop ride, although you could start a ride at White Horse Lake and use a different return route from the Sycamore Point Road Intersection. source: fs.usda.gov

First added by Jeff Barber on Apr 27, 2020. Last updated Apr 27, 2020. → add an update
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Drive 8.5 miles south out of Williams on 4th Street (CR 73) to FR 110. Turn left (east) and drive on FR 110 to FR 109 junction. Turn left on FR 109 and follow it to the junction with FR 12. Follow FR 12 for 4 miles to its junction with FR 110. Park here. The ride follows FR 110 from this point. All roads are passable by passenger vehicles in most weather.
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  • Jennifer Edery
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    This is a very technical trail. If you are a beginner this is not the trail for you unless you want to carry your bike a lot. Starts off easy until you climb to the top. The trail descends into a river bed with lots of boulders that continue on and off until you get to the Rim. The rest of the trail is consistently rocky. Some fallen trees will force you to dismount. Beautiful pine tress all around and the views are worth every mile. The loop all the way around is more like 11 miles. So be prepared to spend a few hours.

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