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Loop Trail - Observatory Mesa section

From You7431.55 Mi
Local TipsMulti-use trail: mountain bikers, runners, hikers, dogs, deer, elk, etc.
Created (yyyy-mm-dd)2013-07-25
Created ByTaylor Thomas
  • Soft
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Walking
  • Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Drinking Water
  • Hills
  • Loop
  • Out And Back
  • Single-Track
  • Technical
  • Dog Friendly
Street Crossings
  • A Few
Max Distance7-10
Volume of Use
  • Steady
DescriptionThis is a section of the Loop Trail that is accessible west of Flagstaff. Starting at Thorpe Bark Park, cross N Thorpe Rd and take the Mars Hill/Observatory Mesa trail/Loop Trail signs. Once you ascend the steep Mars Hill the trail feels relatively flat but it more easy rollers. Single track sections are rocky (pick up your feet!). As you descend into the Anasazi Ridge neighborhood about 3-4 miles you'll intersect with the FUTS. Head north toward the peaks to access Schultz Creek trails (Loop Trail continues that direction) or head south to loop back to Thorpe Park on the FUTS. Loop from/to Thorpe Park is approximately 6-7 miles; heading to Schultz Creek trails is endless miles (the full Loop Trail is spread throughout the greater Flagstaff area and covers almost 50 miles of single track, double track, and bike paths).

Porta-potty & water fountain at Bark Park.

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