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Join Date: May 2005
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Bikes: Gary Fisher Tassajara commuterized, Evil Imperial stealth bomber, Sun Custom Cruiser, Punk Rock Trike of Doom (in progress), and an S&M Holmes (sentimental).
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I am only familiar with the section of road from where it crosses the 260(near the rim lakes), west to the 87. Anything east of that, I haven't spent much time on. The road is mostly hardpack, and should be easily rideable as long as it's dry. July and August get pretty regular afternoon storms with lots of lightening, but they usually pass fairly quickly. Most of the pay type campgrounds are near the rim lakes, west of that there is plenty unimproved camping. The most used spots are pretty obvious (fire rings, etc...). If the forest service doesn't want you there, there will most likely be a sign. Stealth camping would be super easy, but probably not needed. There is water up there (springs, lakes, streams, etc..), but it's probably best to bring your own if you want to minimize side trips. Take a good map, there are many dirt roads up there and you never know when the sign you need might be taken out by natural or "other" causes. The sign I see up there most often is "No motorized vehicles" on some of the old roads, but that doesn't apply to us anyways. Lately, during the dryest parts of the summer, whole sections of forrest are actually closed completely, and fire restrictions are common throughout the warm months. As far as time it would take to ride, ? You could probably (Disclaimer: I don't know you, sooo...) ride the section that I am describing in a day or so, but it's such a beautiful area, why not stop to smell the pines.
Last edited by Bikemiker; 01-12-06 at 11:15 AM.