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2022-06-29  
2013-05-29  
Rio de Flag Trail - AZT #33 - Bow and Arrow, AZ
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Rio de Flag Trail - AZT #33 - Bow and Arrow, AZ 
Rio de Flag Trail - AZT #33 - Bow and Arrow, AZ
 
Mtn Biking10.90 Miles 446 AEG
Mtn Biking10.90 Miles   2 Hrs   49 Mns   4.19 mph
446 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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This is a great area to explore on a mountain bike. The Arizona Trail #33 going through here is known to many, but for my skills (or lack thereof) it is often too steep. The Rio de Flag section, and some of the unnamed spurs I followed (see GPS route) were easy and not too techy for me. The Bow and Arrow Trail is very fun, especially heading east on it.

I started at Sam's Club parking lot and within less than 10 minutes I was out of the city and heading down a meadow with the Rio going through it. I had gone here the day before, and decided to come back and explore it further. I briefly dipped a little bit onto the Flagstaff Loop Trail, which is also a bit hard for me. I need to get some bike time, because I used to be a little bit better rider than I am now.

I looped back along the AZT, which I had to get off and walk, both uphill and down, several times. Then I turned left (west) at the big pond with the ducks, and followed the Bow and Arrow Trail to Lonetree Road. I reversed direction, and now the Bow and Arrow Trail, with a slight downhill slant, was a blast! No photos from that one, maybe next time. I was too busy riding fast.

This is not a place I will go on a weekend. I saw a few people, mostly on bikes, but I suspect it's busy on weekends due to its proximity to town. There are still sections I haven't explored yet.
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