Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Arnett Canyon and Arizona Trail Amazing!
Sooooooo I have been eyeballing this little experience for quite some time now. I saw on trailforks a trail called Arnett Canyon and it wasa nice looking blue and I read some good things but not many people ride it. Well Tuesday My mother in law was still in town so my wife was in good hands so off I went for The mountains for a 20 mile loop. I rolled onto the trail out of my comfort zone and dropped on into Arnett for a wonderful twist around and down into a canyon. The trail started wide and buff and then narrowed as it reached the canyon. I was immersed under the mountain in a beautiful scene, the cottonwoods warmed my soul, they literally reached out and played my heart strings, such goog memoried among cottonwoods in Utah. As the smile on my face grew as the scene in teh canony unfolded with smells of real trees and fall. I was in heaven, the trail was not bad either, flat, bumpy and loose at times as it crossed a dry wash. I would say it was mostly sandy with only one or two walk a bike due to soft sand or hiker built rock steps. The trail looks like it has been there a long time, just maybe new to for bikers? It was a joyous spin for a few miles and then I had came to my exit point which was a nice climb with still amazing surroundings. Soon I was out of the canyon looking to connect some dirt roads to a little piece of singletrack and then more roads for awhile. There was a maze of dirt roads but trailforks kept me on the straight and narrow. The singletrack was very flat and seeming barely there but it was better than the road for the 1 mile length that it was I supose. Then it was dirt roads for awhile, maybe a good hour, but as I would up and down slow easy routes it was much better going than I expected. It was very peaceful and quiet out there, just a few side by sides and trail side littering of beer cans. I reached my furthest point, a trailhead which was where I was going to pickup the Arizona Trail. Not knowing much wht to expect but legs willing and eager it was a mellow narrow climb for a good 10 minutes that opened up to amazing views of rolling hills. Then for the next few miles it was smooth sailing, some smooth, some rocky, some washed out, a little bit of everything. Then I entered another Canyon and into the trees, some washed and lots of cuts from overgrown vegatation. Exited the canyon and it was back along mellow rolling hills as I was nearing the last 5 miles of my ride. It got quite rocky at times, I was looking forward to some smooth but it was bumpy on that rigid most the way. I passed under the road and it was on to the home stretch, still feeling better than I should the car was a pretty sight after 3 hours and 22 miles. That was awesome!!!!!