Ward

Total Miles
6.1

Elevation

2,167.98 ft

Duration

0.75 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Fall, Summer

Trail Overview

Ward is a 6.3-mile long single track in the Coconino National Forest south of Flagstaff, Arizona, in the Kelly Motorized Trail System. Most of the trail is made up of many rocky sections, with big boulders embedded in the trail and big loose rocks to watch out for. The rocks are like huge loose bowling balls that can ping you sideways. You'll go over several giant boulders and big slabs of rock, which is sometimes volcanic rock. There are a couple of shelfy sections, but the trail is mostly flat without much elevation gain. It winds through the pine trees a lot, with lots of tight curves. There isn't one singular large ledge or obstacle that could be a crux of the trail, it just has a lot of big rock faces and small ledges that would be hard for the inexperienced rider. You'll go through several unmarked intersections where having a GPS is quite helpful. Most of the difficulty is on the northern half of the trail. The southern half of the trail widens up like a jeep road, with sections of single track that duck off of the road and reconnect. Autumn is a great time to ride here when the temperatures cool down, but there are also lots of pine needles on the ground at this time of year that make it hard to see the trail and the hidden loose rocks.

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Difficulty

The northern section of Ward is a 5 difficulty for the amount of rocks that are on the trail, and the southern section of Ward is a 3 difficulty because it widens up to road-width with fewer rocks.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

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Access Description

There are 9 motorized single tracks in the Kelly Canyon Trail System south of Flagstaff, Arizona, and several 62-inch trails. The trail system can be accessed from the north from either the Mountainaire Road or Kelly Canyon Road exits off of I-17 and staging off of FS Road 700. There is a ton of dispersed camping off of FS Road 700 and places to park. The trails can be accessed from the south of Munds Park at the Iron Springs Trailhead. It can be quite hot here in the summer, and you might see elk or coatimundi.

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