In recent years, the popularity of mountain biking as
skyrocketed and it is continuing to increase. All of the trails in the
White Mountain Trail System are open to
bicycles.The ratings indicated on the overview of the System will give you some
indictaion of the difficulty of each trail. Taken into consideration are:
length, width of the trail, width of the clearing on either side of the trail,
type of terrain, and gain in elevation.
Mountain Biking Ethic
With the right to use public land comes an obligation
to sustain its health. By acknowledging this obligation, mountain bikers have
the opportunity to set the standard for all recreationists to emulate. You can
help. To be sure mountain bikers continue to be welcome on our public lands,
ride safely, respect the rights of others, stay on designated roads and trails,
pack out more than your share, and become actively involved in protecting the
fragile environment in which we live and play.
Mountain Biking Tips
- Be physically prepared for your trip. Don't take on a
route that is beyond your capabilities.
- Properly equip yourself. Wear helmet, gloves, and proper
foot wear. Bring rain gear, sunglasses, sunscreen, extra water and food. Equip
your bike with proper tools, spare tube, patch kit and air pump. Bring
essential survival items: first aid kit, maps, compass, matches and pocket
- Stay on the trail. Comply with signs and barriers. Don't
shortcut switch backs or take any undesignated shortcut.
- Ride safely. Stay in control and check speed on descents.
Use caution when approaching turns. Anticipate someone around the bend.
- Respect other trail users. Be courteous, dismount and
move to the uphill side of the trail when you meet hikers or equestrians. Ride
in small groups and pass others slowly and in single file. When passing
equestrians, ask for instructions and use caution.
- Protect yourself. Always travel with a friend. Don't
drink untreated water.
- Protect the environment. Stay on designated trails; avoid
trampling vegetation. Try not to disturb wildlife. Exercise extra caution near
watercourses. Practive minimum impact: take only pictures, leave only
For more information, please feel free to contact
the USDA Forest Service, Lakeside Ranger District at 928.368.5111 or you may
write us at 2022 W. White Mtn. Blvd., Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona 85935
White Mountains Online wishes to express our appreciation to the USDA
Forest Service, Lakeside District for providing this information!