Wolf Creek Falls

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

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%. 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.

A word of caution: This downhill section has some serious washouts as it runs parallel, and sometimes through Copper Basin Creek. The gravel on this section is of the large stone variety (eyeballs? sisters?). A mountain bike would definitely be more suitable here but any adventurous gravel bike rider will love the challenge. We (AlainV and others) rode it with 38mm slick gravel tires with relative comfort (this will be skill dependent).  // Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 32 miles / 3500 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 50% paved, 50% gravel roads
– Location: Prescott, Arizona
– Rideable: Spring, Summer, Fall
– Route Author: AlainV
– Published: May 2019

Difficulty

Advanced. Due to the ~ 5 mile technical descent on Forest Service road 53.

The Start

Yavapai County courthouse. Flush toilets and water??

Food / Water

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Downloads

Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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