Wolf Creek (AZ)

5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by AlainV

A fun, but demanding mixed (gravel + tarmac) ride straight out of downtown Prescott featuring 3 climbs and 3 descents. No flat roads found here!

Ride Details
The route starts easy, departing from the Yavapai County courthouse. The first 5 miles climbs 745 ft on pristine tarmac with an average grade of 2.5% circumnavigating the west side of Thumb Butte. The next 3.8 miles, on gravel, climbs another 1000 ft (~ 5% grade, with pitches at 9%) to the highest point and most scenic viewpoint of the ride, sunset lookout.

From here, the road points down towards Skull Valley on Copper Basin road, where some sections are exhilarating and particularly steep (~ 15%). A quick un-expected left turn onto Forest Service road 53, about half way down the 5 mile descent brings you to the next climb. // Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 33 miles / 3500 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 50% gravel, 50% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: Prescott, Arizona
– Course by: Bike Prescott
– Published: May 2019

Difficulty

Advanced. Due to the ~ 2.5 mile technical descent on Forest Service road 53. But there’s no harm in hiking that section.

When we like to ride this …

Spring, Summer, Fall. In the Spring the creeks are full and Wolf Creek falls is flowing. Summer, earlier in the day, can be great. And … fall has the changing colors on the trees.

The Start

Yavapai County courthouse. Flush toilets and water are on the west side of the court house. Accessed from outside. Most of the parking near the courthouse is 2 hours. We recommend that you park near the courthouse, unload and kit out. Then, move your vehicle to the parking garage on Granite street that has free unlimited parking. DO NOT pull into the parking garage with your bikes on the roof of your vehicle. Boom!!
Lat / Long: 34.539982, -112.469502

Food / Water

None


Downloads

Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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