A Few Nights Under the Stars: Bikepacking Escapes for Mere Mortals

Mountain Flyer Magazine

by Cass Gilbert

If you don’t have time to ride all 800 miles of the Arizona Trail, then try the more compact Gila River Ramble, which borrows some of the very best sections of the AZT as its backbone. The main loop is about 80 miles in length, but there are various interconnecting spurs and trails to weave in if you want to get more out of a visit to the area. Set in the ever-craggy Superstition Mountains, terrain includes corridors of mighty saguaro cacti, stunning box canyons, spread over some 10,000 feet of challenging climbing.

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