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 Bandit 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
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
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
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