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Luna Lake Loop


Arizona's White Mountains

Elevation: 7,900' to 8,300'

Length: 2.5 mile or 8 mile loop

Season: May through October

Rating: Easy to Moderate

Use: Moderate

You can ride your mountain bike right out of your campsite at Luna Lake Campground to take advantage of this convenient ride. A moderate length and easy rating make it a popular diversion for campers at the Alpine District's largest campground. If the fish aren't biting at Luna Lake or if you need to get away from the campground society for a while, the Luna Lake Loop will take you for an easy-going tour of forest backroads, open grasslands and suburban ranches in the vicinity of the lake and village of Alpine. If you're having so much fun that the combined 10.5 miles aren't enough, you can expand this ride by including all or part of Georges Lake Loop. That 4.5 miles loop is accessible via a short jaunt down FR 275 to its intersection with FR 275F and the Georges Lake Loop.

Drive 5 miles east from Alpine on US 180 and turn north (left) on the Luna Lake Entrance Road just east of the Lake. This graveled all-weather road leads 1 mile to the bike trailhead marked by an international bike symbol near the campground entrance.

Ride Log:
Lower Loop - 2.5 miles.
From the trailhead follow the blue diamond north through the gate to a junction where a sign that reads "easiest" marks the right fork. Follow this fork 1 mile to a second signed junction. At this junction, the Lower Loop (the right fork) will return you to the Luna Lake Road 100 yards south of the trailhead.

Upper Loop - 8 Miles.
Follow the same route as above to the first signed junction. Take the left hand fork, marked more difficult, and continue 1 mile through the gate (watch those diamonds), across Little Creek, a cattle guard, and down the main road about ¼ mile to a signed road and gate on the right. Go through this gate and enjoy relatively flat going for 2.5 miles. After this the going gets a little rougher over a series of short climbs and drops which leads back to a signed junction. The right fork marked "easiest" will take you back to the trail system while the left fork will bring you back to the Luna Lake in a quick half mile.

All road junctions are marked with blue diamond markers
The only water along this route is at the campground

Please contact the Alpine Ranger District for current information of trail conditions: P.O. Box 469, Alpine, AZ 85920, (928) 339-4384

For more information, please feel free to contact the USDA Forest Service, Alpine Ranger District at 928.339.4384 or you may write us at P.O. Box 469 Alpine, Arizona 85920
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