Cherry Creek

Training Route / by Captain ‘O’

This route takes in one of the best gravel roads in the area: hard packed and fast. If we lived in the Prescott area, this would be one of our go to training routes; it will test your downhill technique and your climbing endurance. From the start it is ~ 2.5 miles uphill on pavement and then downhill on a twisty, curvy gravel road with great views. From the turn around point it is a sustained climb for the next 8 miles, gaining 1700+ feet. The grade is usually between 4 to 6 %.

The Dirty Freehub team has ridden this route. The reason the route is “relegated” to Training Route status is that it lacks a signature destination at either terminus. The turn around point, as mapped, is a mini-market gas station off of Highway 260.

The route probably rides better in the opposite direction, climbing first from the highway, with a logical turn around point at the town of Cherry or just beyond at the crest of the paved road. This would give 27 miles with 2700 feet of gain. But … this puts the start 20 min further (~ 19 miles) away from the Prescott area.

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Out & Back: 32 miles / 3300 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 65 % gravel, 35% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ Prescott, AZ
– Course by: Bike Prescott
– Published: November 2019

Difficulty

Moderate

The Start

A dirt pull out on the right hand side of Cherry Creek road, 1.3 miles north of Highway 169.
Lat / Long: 34.542916, -112.080371


Downloads

Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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