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blue Rocky Ridge - Schultz Creek Loop

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9.3 mile 15.0 kilometer point to point
94% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,205' 367 m
Descent: -1,207' -368 m
High: 8,316' 2,535 m
Low: 7,196' 2,193 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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A loop close to Flagstaff with great views of Humphrey's Peak.

Richard Bolt

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

A popular loop, very close to Flagstaff boasting awesome views of Humphreys Peak, Arizona's tallest mountain.

Runner Notes

This is a really runnable loop with mostly moderate grades. It's a popular loop recommended by local trail runners.

Description

This is a pretty easy loop to follow even if you don't have a map or GPS - just keep turning left. Start out by following Rocky Ridge Trail. The first 3 miles is gradual uphill on semi-technical singletrack in open pine forest. Rocky Ridge climbs moderately along the south-facing slopes of the Dry Lake Hills, which can get warm in the afternoon. There are good views on occasion across Fort Valley and Flagstaff. The top of Rocky Ridge offers easy connections to the Brookbank and Lower Oldham Trails. At the end of Rocky Ridge, turn left onto Lower Brookbank.

This steep, but well-traveled trail climbs into the Dry Lake Hills from Elden Lookout Road. Connects at the upper end to numerous trails in the Dry Lake Hills. There are some amazing views of Humphreys Peak near the top. From here it's all downhill. For the last 3.5 miles, you can choose the Schultz Creek Trail, along a creek, or bail out and follow the parallel dirt road back to the parking area.

Schultz Creek Trail is a steady, moderate descent along Schultz Creek (which might be running) through pines, aspen and Douglas fir. Birdlife abounds in areas where the creek has water.

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Dec 27, 2017
Jason Wheat
Loop is Best done CCW. The south and east side have rocky steeper climbs and the north and west side of loop will provide a very long smooth descent. 9.3mi

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