Projekt Roam: Vital Quick Rip - Mingus Mountain, AZ
Overlooking the Prescott Valley, Trail 533 barrels down Mingus Mountain, leaving dust-clouded wide open, high speed segments in it's wake. The trail travels through pine forests that share common ground with cactus and agave, with an occasional rock garden thrown in the mix. It's as if at times Trail 533 can't make up it's mind if it wants to be fast and smooth, or loose and skittery. The trail keeps riders on their toes, faces plastered with adrenaline fueled grins. Trail 533 is a good introduction to the loose and sometimes rocky terrain on offer here, and can be enjoyed by riders of varying skill levels. The trail is relatively straightforward, with a few man made features and plenty of natural hits to add extra spice to the ride. The trail is is multi-use, so do your best not to bowl over the occasional trekker-pole laden hiker, especially in the bench cut sections. Trail 533 can be shuttled with the squishy bikes. It can also be ridden or connected with as an out and back on a more pedal appropriate ride for differing mountain biking experiences. Rideable nearly year round, the trails found in the Mingus Mountain Recreation Area are a refreshing escape from the lower lying desert regions.
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