Beginning Elevation: 8,900 Feet (2774.3 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation Gain: 400 Feet (124.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,300 Feet (2899.0 Meters)
Length: 5.5 Miles (9.17 Kilometers)
USGS Map: Hannagan Meadow - 302 NE
Pleasantly cool temperatures and some of the finest alpine scenery in the Southwest are the main attractions for easy ride over varied terrain. Tall trees and mountain meadows colored with wildflowers set the backdrop while a nearby rustic log cabin resort adds a touch of history to the atmosphere. This is an especially scenic ride in the Fall when the aspens turn gold. You have a good chance to see turkey, elk, deer, bear, and Abert squirrels, too.
This ride is conveniently accessible from both Hannagan Meadow Lodge and Hannagan Campground. The route follows a powerline for awhile but the majority of the loop is along primitive two-track roads or gravel roads. A longer 17 mile loop is possible by incorporating sections of Forest Roads 24 and 25 into this ride. This extended loop takes you through more of the same scenic forests and meadows but the roads are more heavily traveled. It also requires five miles of riding along Highway 191 to return to the trailhead.
From Alpine, Drive 22 miles south on Highway 191 to Forest Road 576 (a quarter of a mile north of Hannagan Meadow). The ride begins here and in a short distance turns right along a power line. From Hannagan Meadow Lodge ride north on Highway 191 to Forest Road 576 to begin the ride.
Normally Open: May - October
Alpine Ranger District, P.O. Box 469, Alpine, AZ 85920. Phone: 520-339-4384