AZT: We’re doing it, guy

The Arizona Trail (AZT) is a trail that traverses the entirety of the state, 800 miles from Mexico to Utah. Open to hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders, this trail climbs over mountain range after mountain range as it meanders from the Sonoran Desert to the Colorado Plateau and across a long, ditch-like hole in the northern part of the state (though it’s nearly a crime the trail doesn’t travel the Dragoon Mountains). As this trail combines some of my favorite things, beautiful views and my legs falling off, I’m trying to travel much of this trail before I leave this desert paradise.

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The sections of the Arizona Trail that I have traveled (blue), either by bike or by foot.

The Mazatzal Mountains (also known as the Mad-as-hells due to their rugged nature) in April. This is a committing 75 mile section (just below

The Mazatzal Mountains (also known as the Mad-as-hells due to their rugged nature) in April. This is a committing 75 mile section (just below “Arizona” on the above map).

Rhyolite hoodoos in Gila Canyon, east of Phoenix.

Rhyolite hoodoos in Gila Canyon, east of Phoenix.

Lunch in the boulders while mountain biking the Black Hills, north of Tucson.

Lunch in the boulders while mountain biking the Black Hills, north of Tucson.

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View of the Huachuca Mountains from the Santa Rita Mountains.

The Four Peaks, with Weaver's Needle just barely visible on the right.

The Four Peaks, with Weaver’s Needle just barely visible on the right.

Sunset over Phoenix from the Four Peaks Wilderness.

Sunset over Phoenix from the Four Peaks Wilderness.

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