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Readers note: Epic Rides is pleased to introduce new trails for the 2016 Whiskey Off-Road.
Following is a detailed route description for the Whiskey Off-Road endurance mountain bike event. Epic Rides recommends starting the event with a full hydration pack, two water bottles and sufficient food to fuel your body.
Parking - Downtown Prescott near Whiskey Row. Epic Rides recommends parking West of Whiskey Row off of Granite St. There is a very large parking garage there. Remember to remove bikes from roof prior to entering.
15 Proof Start
South on Montezuma (Whiskey Row) to Goodwin. West on Goodwin up Summit Avenue. Right on Glenwood Avenue to Park Ave. Left on Park Ave. to Country Club. Right on Country Club to Highland. Left on Highland to Copper Basin Rd. Note, Country Club will get a little funky just stay with it. Right on Copper Basin Rd.
Right on Copper Basin Rd.
Copper Basin will eventually get very steep. When the steep ends the pavement will also. Enter Forest Service on Copper Basin dirt rd. Approx. 30 min. on pavement and a few minutes on dirt portion of road.
Turn right on Copper Basin and climb to the top of the road. At the 3-way intersection turn right on to road#373 (you are now on the same route as all other distances to the finish). Follow to Sierra Prieta overlook. After taking a gander, turn 180 degrees and start up the switchback single-track trail #366. Now, hold tight while we bring the rest of the group up to catch you...(skip to Prieta Overlook below to descend to the finish).
30 & 50 Proof Start
Participants will roll east out of downtown to Senator Hwy. After a brief climb and some big views of the Prescott National Forest participants will turn right onto Old Senator Hwy. Old Senator Hwy will lead riders to trail 330.
- Participants interested in a short ride (recommended for riders interested in faster course times or attainability) will turn right onto trail 330/Feldmeier descent.
- Participants interested in a longer ride offering more singletrack, including a segment of the Prescott Circle Trail - trail 396, riders will turn left on trail 330 toward Gold Water Lake.
Both trails offer fun buff singletrack descending that intersects on trail 372 and continues toward White Spar Campground.
After navigating trail 372 to 396, participants will (cautiously) cross Hwy 89 to the Wolverton trail.
All riders will ride Wolverton trail for roughly two miles before reaching the Jack Pine Rd. intersection.
- Participants interested in a shorter ride will turn left and ascend Jack Pine Rd. for 1 mile. Riders note: Although shorter in length, sending Jack Pine Rd. is steep and loose at times. It will tap a rider out if they don't bring their fitness or a hardy constitution.
- Participants interested in a longer ride will continue straight across Jack Pine Rd. on Wolverton trail. Sending Wolverton will add roughly two miles to the route however is less steep and arguably more enjoyable than the Jack Pine option.
Both routes intersect eventually merging all riders on to Wolverton trail where they will ride roughly one more mile of singletrack before summiting onto trail #48. After an additional quarter mile of climbing on #48 trail participants will then enjoy a rewarding descent down to Comfort Station #1.
30 and 50 proof rider’s cut off point is at 2:15p at trail 373, rider’s will head down Copper Basin Road back into town.
Left at 3-way (Single Track)
After turn you will be on Single Track trail #48 which starts with technical riding up water bars. This trail includes rocks, ruts, drops, blown down tree's, and hike-a-bike section(s). Ends with a technical switchback downhill into a three-way intersection with trail #260. Left on trail #260. Mind the terrain.
Left on trail #260
Follow trail to bottom. Primarily downhill. There are a couple super rocky sections; be very careful.
Right on dirt Road
Trail #260 will kick you out on to a dirt road #53. Go right onto the dirt road (if you go left you’ll end up on Hwy 89). Ride will climb approximately 20 minutes to Aid Station #1/3 location. Gets steep at the end. Stick it out and clean it!
Course Split (30 Proof/50 Proof)
4-way Intersection on Copper Basin Rd. marks the 30/50 proof split.
Half left onto the major dirt road at aforementioned 4-way intersection. Go 9 miles down to Skull Valley, staying to the main dirt road. When you reach the stop sign in Skull Valley, turn left and Aid Station #2 will be immediately on your left at the Skull Valley Cafe (be sure'n say hello to Molly while you are there and take the time to enjoy some awesome food). Turn it around at the cafe and head back UP that glorious downhill to Aid Station #1/3. Note, going back up is going to take a lot out of you, pace yourself and have fun! MAKE SURE YOU START WITH A FULL LOAD OF WATER!
Continuing the 30 Proof
Turn right at 4-way intersection. Climb to next 4-way intersection. Go left at 4-way on road 373 up to Sierra Prieta overlook. After taking a gander, turn 180 degrees and start up the switchback single-track trail #366. Do not follow the dirt road past the overlook.
Begin monster 45 min. long descent. At roughly 5-10 minutes down stay right at 3-way intersection on trail # 9401J, an old dirt road. This trail gets very rocky in places, be careful.
Continue downhill on trail, be very aware of uncamber and rocky sections ahead. Trail kicks out on to an old dirt road (smooth transition). Turn onto trail #327. After a few minutes of descending on trail #327 there is going to be a right hand turn on trail #321. This turn will sneak up on you at a point when you could be going very fast. Be sure to keep an eye out. During the event it will be marked well however it will still be your responsibility to make the turn. If you get to the 3-way intersection and thin flowing creek you’ve gone to far.
Super fast and fun while paralleling a creek bed. Really good stuff. You are also beginning to get close to the popular hiking areas. PLEASE ride with caution and be very aware of other trail users. Please be courteous toward everyone you encounter.
Turn left on #323 up hill. Follow #323 up the final hill (about 5-7 minutes or so). Follow #323 until you see the option to turn right on #392.
Trail #392 is affectionately known as the “Garden Grove” trail. It's a bomber! A heck of a way to end a ride. Enjoy the descent! At the bottom you’ll ride parallel to Thumb Butte Rd. and will end where trail #367 begins. Turn right onto trail #367.
Follow trail #367, next to and sometimes crossing Miller Creek, until it spits you back out on Thumb Butte Rd (the trail number changes to #326 near the end, where a trail came in from your right). Again, this is a popular hiking trail. Please be mindful of others recreating in the area.
Right on road and follow back into town. This road section will last about 10 minutes and will be primarily downhill. At a traffic light, turn right onto Park Avenue for a gentle climb to Glenwood Avenue where you turn left. You are now back on route you used from the square some hours earlier! Continue on the same route (Glenwood, Summit, Goodwin) to the finish line and cheering crowds on Whiskey Row for a well earned rest. Don't forget to grab your pint glass!
There will be police escorts for the beginning of the ride to the Forest Service area and for the ride leaders on their way back into town. Everyone else riding back into town from the Forest Service area is required to abide by the rules of the road. If for any reason you break the rules of the road you personally are liable for your actions.
On event day the course will be marked with signage and ribbon. All markings will be removed after the event is over. Prior to, during and after the event the course is marked with Prescott Forest Service signage.
Don't forget to check out the view from Sierra Prieta Overlook (it's worth a gander).
Enjoy the ride!