Beginning Elevation: 8,000 Feet (2493.8 Meters)
Elevation Gain: 500 Feet (155.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,500 Feet (2649.6 Meters)
Length: 7.5 Miles (12.5 Kilometers) (4.5 with a vehicle shuttle)
This short ride starts in Alpine and leads through a variety of surroundings as it loops out from and back to town. Along its course you'll ride on everything from the paved shoulders of broad two-lane highways to rough and rocky forest roads. Backyard horses will cast a curious glance in your direction as you pass suburban ranches and head into National Forest areas that seem a million miles from anywhere though they're just a short distance out of town. If the time of year is right, you have a chance of happening onto some of the migrant waterfowl at the little lake for which this ride is named. Its just a short way off of the main route so if you've brought your lunch, this might be a good place to enjoy it.
At the intersection of Forest Road 275 you can either choose to head back to Alpine to complete this loop or you can continue on around the Luna Lake loop for a longer ride and more forest scenery.
From Alpine, Starting at the intersection of Highways 191 and 180 in Alpine, proceed north about 1/3 mile to Forest Road 8200 and turn right (east) on FR 8200.
Normally Open: May - October
Alpine Ranger District, P.O. Box 469, Alpine, AZ 85920. Phone: 520-339-4384
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