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Schultz Pass Loop via Corridor, AZ
mini location map2016-08-19
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Schultz Pass Loop via Corridor, AZ 
Schultz Pass Loop via Corridor, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Aug 19 2016
afrankie
Mtn Biking11.18 Miles 1,237 AEG
Mtn Biking11.18 Miles   2 Hrs   7 Mns   6.45 mph
1,237 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Beginning at the Schultz Creek trailhead, this is an excellent mtb loop and a nice hike, split almost evenly between uphill and downhill sections. In a clockwise direction, starting at 6:00, head north on Schultz Creek Trail until splitting with Moto to the west. Moto continues until a right onto the AZT, and east again on to the Secret Trail until reaching the high point at Sunset Trail Parking Area. From thereon, it's all down hill:), and likely the most enjoyable downhill I've ever been on.

On a Friday the trails were quiet, only seeing a couple of hikers and a handful of bikers throughout the several miles. The potentially ominous weather helped, offering sprinkles and welcoming cloud cover throughout the ride. Thick into the pine forests, Moto, AZT, and Secret Trail within the Fort Valley trail system offer plenty of solitude with the exception of the wind carving through the endless pines. There was some trail maintenance with a dozer widening/leveling the trail in several spots.

Schultz Creek is a windy downhill from Sunset into the creek bed, rarely seeing sunshine from the overhanging pines. It's an superb downhill on a bike, which could be a drawback for hikers on the trail - some two-wheelers might be coming down with some serious speed and it's narrow at points. Popular with hikers and their four-legged ones, speed really had to be watched going aroud some turns not knowing who or what may be ahead. Forewarn to no matter what you're doing, it's a multi-use trail. I'd recommend it for a hike, but probably only on a weekday due to the biking popularity.

My personal mistake on this loop was that after splitting off onto the AZT, I then turned back on to Upper Moto, extending too far north ](*,) . Too stubborn to turn around, I decided to use the access road through the power corridor to return to the trail. It's safe to say that the power road was designed for 4x4s, not bikes...after some exhaustion I returned to the trail with only a little uphill remaining...more than ready for the downhill. :lol:


Note - photos are from vista just before trailhead.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Wildflowers dispersed throughout the trail, but the yellow field on the way in - holey moley!

dry Schultz Creek Dry Dry
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