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Quick Mtn Bike Route Flagstaff to Bellemont, AZ
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Quick Mtn Bike Route Flagstaff to Bellemont, AZ 
Quick Mtn Bike Route Flagstaff to Bellemont, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Aug 03 2018
azbackpackr
Mtn Biking8.86 Miles 192 AEG
Mtn Biking8.86 Miles   2 Hrs   19 Mns   3.82 mph
192 ft AEG
 
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I'm scouting out a mountain bike route from Flagstaff to Needles, completely avoiding the freeway, mostly using Route 66. I would either be bike-packing or pulling a BOB trailer. I feel the best month for this trip would be October. I would use knobby tires until just past Ash Fork. At that point, once reaching Crookton Road (Rt. 66), I would switch to street tires, and I would have pavement (but no interstate) all the way to Needles, via Rt. 66 and Topock Road.

There have been several sections in question. Getting from west Flagstaff to Bellemont has been one of the challenges. I first looked at Coconino NF maps, and Google Earth. I didn't want to go all the way around via 180, near Kendrick Peak, etc. Nor did I want to swing way south, via Woody Mountain road. It seemed there was a route along the north side of I-40, starting from A-1 Mountain Road. It turned out that the roads through there are private, and gated off. So, that was also a no-go.

I found that from Naval Observatory Road in west Flagstaff you can easily access the dirt road that follows the railroad tracks. This is on the south side of I-40. (See my GPS route, switch it to satellite. However, you will find my track goes better with the Cal Topo, for accuracy of tracking.) This takes you to an old section of Route 66 which leads into Bellemont, passing the giant Camping World store.

Once past that store, if heading west, you would cross the freeway, and head for Parks and beyond, via Rt. 66. Of course, there is another break in Rt. 66 before you get to Williams, but it's an easy dodge. But I will also have to scout out routes between Devil Dog Road and Crookton Road.

For this scouting ride, I started at the Bellemont end, rode to the junction with Naval Observatory Road, and back again.

I hope I have time to do this in the fall of this year, but if not, I can look at other options.
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Orange globemallow, Arizona Sunflower, Purple Bindweed, Snapdragons??, Red Penstemon, Aster, etc. etc.
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