The easy accessibility to the outdoors is what draws many to the White Mountains of Arizona. There are thousands of miles of trails and roads in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in and around Torreon to explore and many of those are accessible by mountain bike. These winding forest roads are ideal for cycling.
Before you head out, be sure to keep safety in mind. The Arizona climate is dry, so always carry plenty of water and generously apply sunscreen. During the summer monsoon season dangerous storms can develop in the afternoon, so it’s best to ride early in the morning.
Please keep in mind that bicyclists should yield both to horseback riders and hikers on trails. As a biker, when you encounter one of these other trail users, it is up to you to pull over to the side of the trail and stop until you’ve been passed.
Timber Mesa Trail is a 7.6 mile, moderately challenging trail popular April through September. It’s a scenic, well-marked trail, a bit rocky in places, with an elevation gain of 583 feet.
Directions: Drive on State Highway 260 towards McNary. Turn left on Porter Mountain Road (Forest Road 45). Drive 2.2 miles. Turn left at the cattle guard. Drive 75 yards to the cindered trailhead on the right.
Fool Hollow Lake Trail
Fool Hollow Lake Trail is an easy 3.2-mile out-and-back scenic trail around this scenic mountain lake. The lake is named Fool Hollow because the locals joked that only a fool would try and farm the place and the name stuck. Part of the trail is paved, and part is gravel. You’re sure to enjoy the geese and waterfowl in the lake. Day pass to enter the park is $7.
Directions: Two miles north of US 60 off Highway 260 in Show Low.
Buena Vista Trail Short Loop
This popular 3-mile loop trail is considered an easy route, open year-round and about a 5-minute drive from City Park. Trail riders enjoy beautiful ponderosa pine forest views. The main trail is well marked but be careful as crossovers aren’t as easy to navigate. This is the shorter loop of the Buena Vista Trail.
Directions: US-60 to Rim Road in Show Low.
Buena Vista Trail
Buena Vista Trail is a 10.3-mile moderately challenging route. This trail traverses many hills and during early spring it can be muddy in spots due to winter runoff. The trail is crisscrossed with ATV trails and single track as well as drainage channels that can look like trails. At the half-way point, the terrain gets sandy and rocky, making it a more difficult ride.
Directions: US-60 to Rim Road in Show Low.
Los Burros Trail
Los Burros Trail is 13.6 miles long, offers great scenery, mellow climbs, and some challenging rock areas if you do the full trail. It’s considered a moderately challenging trail that gradually takes you uphill, with a 1,286-foot elevation gain. This long and winding trail ultimately wraps around Wishbone Mountain. More: https://www.arizonahighways.com/los-burros-trail.
Directions: From Pinetop-Lakeside, drive east on State Route 260 for 5.2 miles to Cady Avenue. Turn left onto Cady Avenue, which becomes Forest Road 224, and continue for 7.1 miles to Forest Road 20 (look for the Los Burros Campground sign). Turn right onto FR 20 and continue 0.5 miles to the trailhead, which is located at the far end of the campground.
Panorama in Lakeside
The Panorama Trail is a moderately challenging 8.9-mile loop near Lakeside with scenic outlook views (hence the name Panorama) at about the halfway point. This trail tends to get muddy during wet weather. If you look closely, you can often see deer and turkey tracks on the trail. Generally flat, with only 698 ft. elevation gain this trail offers a nice balance of forest and fields.
Directions: US-60 to N. Penrod Rd. to Porter Mountain Rd.
Blue Ridge Trail in Lakeside
Rated difficult for mountain biking, the Blue Ridge Trail is a 9.1-mile loop trail near Lakeside. This trail winds through beautiful, dense woods and, although rocky, includes a long series of switchbacks back to the bottom. Much of the Blue Ridge Trail follows a nice creek which is an added perk for bikers who want to stop for a break. Some bikers call this more of a hiking trail than mountain biking trail.
Directions: US-60 to AZ-260 to Branding Iron Loop
Country Club Trail
This is a moderate to easy trail that loops 3.5 miles through ponderosa pine, juniper and oak woodland. Rated easy, with an elevation climb of 200 feet for the first half, then mostly downhill from there.
Directions: From Lakeside Ranger Station drive south on State Highway 260 towards McNary. Turn left on Bucksprings Road. Drive 0.6 miles. Turn left on Forest Road 182 (road to Sky Hi Retreat). Drive 2 miles. You will pass the Springs Trailhead on the left. Where Forest Road 182 veers to the left, proceed straight on to Forest Road 185 (past Sierra Springs Ranch entrance). Trailhead is on the right 100 yards down Forest Road 185.
Whenever you’re riding in remote areas remember to bring a helmet, riding gloves, tool kit, extra tire tube, first aid kit, water to drink, sunscreen and rain gear. Enjoy!
Located just three hours from Phoenix in Show Low, Ariz., Torreon is a luxury golfing community nestled in the White Mountains. It offers convenience, world-class recreation and amenities for the entire family. Offering everything from a sprawling outdoor pool, expansive fitness center to award-winning food at Torreon Grille as well as a family and game center, fishing pond and endless trails throughout the community, every member or guest is sure to enjoy time at Torreon. Learn more at https://torreon.com/
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