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Lagarto Classic

Intermediate
 3.0 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A blast through the Sonoran Desert! This loop combines some of the best trails south of Ajo...


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11.8

Miles

19.1

KM

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Singletrack

1,962' 598 m

High

1,742' 531 m

Low

386' 118 m

Up

387' 118 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

This route is a fun and scenic cruise through the hills between Ajo Peak and Black Mountain, with a great, slight-downhill warm-up and rollers on the way back north.

Need to Know

Several great cafes in Ajo, check their websites for hours and locations.

Description

There are many options for starting out this ride - locals will just ride out Alley Road / Scenic Loop from Ajo. The key is to catch Felt That or Valentine Well to Matt's Loop: East down to Lagarto. If you have a fatbike, you can take the wash down Fattie's Delight to the northern extent of Lagarto.

From Matt's Loop: East, head north up the west side of Lagarto and back south down the east side. There are also several options to exit Lagarto: (1) follow Lagarto all the way back to Matt's Loop: East, (2) cut off a bit early on Lagarto SE (displayed on this route example), or (3) take the earlier cutoff of Lagarto E.

Once on Bates Well Road, there are many options back to the start, including the Monopoly Railroad trails - Locomotive Rock to the B&O is a local favorite.

History & Background

There appears to be some old copper mine activity on Matt's Loop: East just before getting to Bates Well Road. Check the local Ajo Historical Museum in Ajo for more historical information about the area.

Contacts

Local Club: Bike Ajo

Land Manager: BLM - Lower Sonoran Field Office

Shared By:

Danny Martin

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Photos

Looking north from the north end of Largarto, not too far from where the turn down to Fattie's Delight begins. Note Locomotive Rock in the distance, center right, just right of where the trail disappears in the photo.
Mar 22, 2021 near Ajo, AZ
The Copper Boulder is difficult to miss! Just south of the intersection of Matt's Loop East & Mordedura de Serpiente.
Mar 22, 2021 near Ajo, AZ
View of the Sonoran Desert around the Sonoran View Spur, from the top of the climb. Fat tires help!
May 19, 2021 near Ajo, AZ
Looking northeast from BLM 8114F (continues to E / right: Mordedura de Serpiente) and 8114E (splits to N / left: Matt's Loop East).
Mar 22, 2021 near Ajo, AZ
Looking east from the intersection of Lagarto & Lagarto East.
Mar 22, 2021 near Ajo, AZ
End of the Roller Coaster
Dec 23, 2016 near Ajo, AZ

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