Living in Arizona has so far been pretty awesome! Not only is Pinetop a cool place, but we’re super close to many other great destinations.
A few weekends ago Evie and I took a trip to Sedona for the weekend to do some riding with Chad and Tricia. We’d both been to Sedona before (that’s where we got engaged), but had never ridden there. We left Saturday morning and headed out for the 3-hr drive. We made a quick stop in Flagstaff where we rode to the top of Mt. Elden for a quick trail ride down the Upper and Lower Oldham trails. After our ride we stopped at a few breweries to refuel and fill our growler. Finishing out the day with the remaining 45-min drive put us in Sedona for the night.
The next day, Chad, Evie, Tricia, and I headed out for some Sedona fun! We ripped around all morning and then met up at Over the Edge bike shop downtown where the guys and girls split off into their own rides for a bit. The day kept getting better with more exposure, awesome rocky descents, and amazing views. In 4-hrs we just scratched the surface of what Sedona has to offer, but being so close, we will definitely be back!
After a fun weekend it was back at it, getting caught up on work stuff and finally feeling like I have some sort of routine again. My parents came to visit the next weekend and my dad and I did some projects around the house including building the best bike workbench to date. This is our third one we’ve build and I think we have it dialed. From the depth, width, shelf height, it’s just about perfect.
Then it was off to Durango to meet up with my good buddy Dave, who was spending some time on the front range in Denver. About a 5-6 hr drive for both of us, Durango made perfect sense. We had great weather and explored some awesome trails including Horse Gulch, Telegraph, Sale Barn, and my favorite, the Colorado Trail.
We made it up to “high point” on the Colorado trail, about 9500′ before the snow and setting sun had us turning around for the 3000′ descent. Along the way we rode some rally cool side trails that had some wicked fun berms. The dirt was perfect all day and we rolled back to the car by moonlight. Hard to stop when you’re having that much fun!
Big Lake, Thompson Trail & Mt. Baldy
Sunday we drove out to Big Lake, which is an hour east of Pinetop. We found this really cool trail along a river that we hiked for a while, Thompson Trail. Makes you forget your in Arizona. We also got some good views of Mt. Baldy, the highest peak in AZ outside of the San Francisco peaks in Flagstaff. Mt. Baldy rises to 11,400′.