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The 7.6-mile Willow Springs Loop takes you through a wildlife habitat northeast of Willow Springs Lake atop the Mogollon Rim. Turn north for a half-mile on Forest Road 237 from AZ 260, twenty-two miles southwest of Heber.
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest has many mountain biking opportunities. All of the logging roads are open to biking, though you need to be careful about running into logging trucks chugging in from around the bend. (You won’t even have a chance to say “Oops, didn’t see that one!”)
If you don’t mind sharing the trail with hikers and the occasional horse, biking becomes a more relaxing proposition.
If you want to sneak in some wildlife viewing, check out Willow Springs Horsetrap Wildlife Habitat Area in the Heber Ranger District. The 7.6-mile
Willow Springs Loop takes you through a wildlife habitat northeast of Willow Springs Lake atop the Mogollon Rim. Turn north for a half-mile on Forest Road 237 from AZ 260, twenty-two miles southwest of Heber.
Willow Springs Horsetrap Wildlife Habitat Area
This area is closed to motorized vehicle use in order to provide a “quiet” area for wildlife. Elk and deer are often observed, especially in the summer. In October, the leaves of aspen and oak trees change to a golden yellow. Trails are located on old logging roads and are not marked.
Chevelon Canyon ends in a beautiful view of the canyon. Riding the loop trail provides a view of Willow Springs Lake.Elevation: 7,600 feet
Access: West of Heber on Highway 260 approximately 22 miles. Turn north on Forest Road 237. Travel one-half mile to Forest Road 236; a closure gate is across this road.
Restrictions: Overnight camping is not allowed within one-fourth mile of Willow Springs Lake. Smoking and campfire restrictions may be in effect during the summer months.
There are no facilities or potable water. Summer thunderstorms occur from July through September. Roads can become muddy during this time.
Seasons: May through October
Nearby Services: Telephone, gas, and food available in Forest Lakes, three miles east of the 237 Road and Highway 260 junction.
Sunrise Park Resort (928) 735-7600
Summer mountain biking on selected ski runs
Show Low Pinetop Lakeside area:
White MountainTrail System http://www.tracks-pinetop-lakeside.org/
Trails are marked with blue diamonds and are all open to bikes. They often bear directional arrows, trail numbers, or colored dots. Yellow dots indicate a short route back to the trailhead. Green dots indicate a connector trail. Red dots indicate a side trail to a point of interest or a particularly scenic vista.
The trails frequently make use of and cross existing roads and travel ways. It’s very easy to miss a trail marker and lose the trail. Expect this. If you become confused, backtrack to the point where you lost the trail. Portions of the trail system use forest roads. Be aware of possible vehicle traffic.
Partnership with the Forest Service, Pinetop/Lakeside TRACKS, and the Arizona State Parks Heritage Trails Fund have helped build these trails. Volunteers have built the majority of the White Mountain Trail System. If you or your community service group is interested in volunteering, contact the U.S. Forest Service or Pinetop/Lakeside Parks and Recreation Department.
All of the trails in the White Mountain Trail System are open to bicycles.
#107 Blue Ridge Trail
#608 Blue Ridge Cave Trail
#629 Land of the Pioneers
#631 Los Burros
#632 Country Club
#633 The Springs
#636 Timber Mesa
#637 Buena Vista
#638 Los Caballos
#640 Juniper Ridge
#641 Ghost of the
Woodland Lake Park
#140 General Crook Connector
#631 A Country Club;
#635A Timber Mesa
Hannagan Meadow Loop weaves through five miles of beautiful high country at elevations of 8,900 to 9,300 feet just west of the Coronado Trail Highway. You can start from Hannagan Campground or Hannagan Meadow Lodge.
Luna Lake, four miles east of Alpine near the New Mexico border, has a campground and two mountain biking loops. The length of the upper loop is eight miles, and that of the lower loop is 2.5 miles. You’ll ride in meadows and ponderosa pine forests.
Terry Flat Loop encircles a meadow on a pleasant six-mile ride near the base of Escudilla Mountain, northeast of Alpine. You’ll have many views of the mountain while riding the dirt roads.
Railroad Trail connects the Big Lake area northwest of Alpine with AZ 260 at Milepost 379 to the north. Big Lake has other rides as well, such as the 7.5-mile Indian Springs Trail loop.
Williams Valley Loops
Ski trails are used for biking and are some of the areas best trails. Most of the trails are smooth and rolling but two hill make you grunt on the way up but then you can free wheel all the way down.
George’s Lake Trail
The George’s Lake Trail has a few fairly hard uphill grunts and some quick descents. Although the trail is located on a bumpy old logging road, the scenery is quite wonderful. George’s Lake is a good location for lunch or a quick breather and, if you are lucky enough, some waterfowl might be seen at the quiet little lake. Even though this trail begins right outside of Alpine, it has the reputation for being the least used route.
Ackre Lake Trail
An especially enjoyable mountain bike ride with a winding path through aspen stands, broad cienegas and thick forest full of wildlife.