Blue Ridge Trail #107

Trail Highlights: The trail follows Billy Creek and winds its way through a wet meadow and oak-pine woods. As the elevation increases, you travel through a ponderosa forest to the top of Blue Ridge Mountain. The mountain is volcanic in origin and its summit offers scenic vistas of the area. Portions of the trail follow old logging roads. Parts of the trail are pretty rocky and may be challenging to cyclists.

The Blue Ridge Trail can be accessed by either trailhead #1 or #2, the Springs Trail #633, Ice Cave Trail #608, Country Club #632, or the Billy Creek Connector. It is the perfect all-day hike close to town!

Connector Trails: Little Bear Connector is a very short trail that connects Blue Ridge Trail to Springs Trail.

Trail details

Distance: 8.7 miles

Difficulty: Hiking — Moderate Mountain Biking — Difficult Equestrian — Moderate

Trail Parking: Accommodates trailers.

Access to Trail: Trailhead #1: From the Lakeside Ranger Station, travel southeast 1.4 miles. Turn left (north) on Moonridge Dr, and right on Billy Creek Dr, hard left on Meadow Dr to cross the bridge, right on Pine Shadow Dr, go around curve to the left onto Springer Mountain Dr, then right on FR 187. Travel 0.8 mile to Trail Head #1 on your right.

Trailhead #1 GPS: N34°14’617”, W109°94’.30”

Trailhead #2: From the Lakeside Ranger Station, travel southeast on AZ 260 for 5.2 miles. Turn left on Bucksprings Road for .6 miles and another left on Sky Hi Road (FR 182) for about 2 miles. Turn left on FR 187 and trailhead #2 is on the right.

Trailhead #2 GPS: N34°14’032” W109°89’844”

Trailhead #1 and Trailhead #2 are 3 miles apart on FR 187, so both are accessible from either described direction.

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