Dust off that polka dot jersey because you are going to need those climbing legs for this one. The route starts in Skull Valley so that you can get that first big climb out of the way …. and so you won’t wuss out and skip it altogether. Besides the climb, this ride takes you on some highly scenic gravel roads and includes a “groovy” paved downhill and a water stop in Prescott, what a bonus.
The ride starts out brutal. A big, first climb of 2900 feet in 11+ miles with short pitches in excess of 10%, maybe 15%. The total climbing for the day is in excess of 4900 feet in 38 miles.
At ~ mile 20 you “kick into” Prescott for a coffee to refuel. (We recommend the Wild Iris coffee shop on south Granite Street.) The second half still has a lot of climbing but not as brutal as the front half; study that elevation profile so you aren’t shocked.
This is a 5 Star route, we just haven’t had the time to fully document the route yet!
This ride could also be done from Prescott as a loop with dogleg, but we believe it rides much better by making the drive to Skull Valley and starting there.
Adventure / Gravel Route
Advanced. Due to the amount of climbing per mile and several steep pitches.
At the old Skull Valley General Store on Iron Springs Road.
Lat / Long: 34.503994, -112.685763
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
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