Camp Wood 40

5 Star Route

JeffW, a local rider in the Prescott are turned us onto this route. Jeff is a real “stickler” for routes that have a high visual payback. This route exemplifies just that … beauty over continuously changing terrain.

Rolling grasslands. Pinyon-juniper woodlands. A bold burn area. Ponderosa forests. // Wide open gravel roads. Small, twisty forest service roads. // Rolling hills. A long, moderate climb. A series of surprise “poppers”. A 12 mile downward trending finish.

Ride Details

You park where the pavement ends on Williamson Valley road, right where you hit dirt.  There’s a pseudo parking area on the left. Off in the distance, to the east, are the San Francisco Peaks, and with a little luck they will be easy to spot because they are snow capped. On your return, they will be your cue that you are on the downward trending flats and close to finishing. **Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 43 miles / 3200 ft gain
– Surface: 100% gravel
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 35 min northwest of Prescott, Arizona
– Published: January 2020

Difficulty

Moderate. Due to the distance and elevation gain. There are several sections of rough road, but the technical demand is not significant.

When we like to ride this …

Spring, Summer, and Fall. Spring and Fall have exceptional colors and lighting. If it has recently rained, give it several days to let the roads dry, they are of a clay base and can turn into super sticky mud. (Winter is a possibility if the hills are clear of snow. The route tops out at a maximum elevation of nearly 6000 feet.)

The Start

A dirt pull out on the south side Camp Wood road (FS 21) at the intersection of Williamson Valley road (FS 6).
Lat / Long: 34.832349, -112.647673

Food / Water

None


Downloads

Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File

Legend

Brown = gravel / dirt road

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Ridden and Reviewed by …

Gravel Girl / Team Dirty Freehub

She loves a good day of gravel like most people like a good book. She’s always amused by the outdoors and the wild adventures. Gravel Girl is a Co-Founder of Dirty Freehub.

Captain O / Team Dirty Freehub

He should have “Never Stop Exploring” tattooed on his chest! He loves adventures on bikes and is a Co-Founder of Dirty Freehub.

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