Arizona Trail is bare and bikable

Arizona Daily Sun

by Randy Wilson

Bare winters in Flagstaff can be endured — providing you are willing to change equipment. That was my motto last Saturday as I switched out skis for a mountain bike at 9,000 feet on the Arizona Trail. It’s a February ride I had never expected to take — and probably won’t ever take again.

But there I was rolling down an old snowmobile track from the Snowbowl parking lot onto upper Hart Prairie, the Special Olympians skiing alongside me for a few hundred yards inside the fence on the artificial snow.

But then I was free and clear and pedaling through the brown, dry grass as though it were late June — only 40 degrees cooler.

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