Pinyons and Pines is an underground self-supported bikepacking race that starts and ends in Flagstaff, AZ (6,910 feet). The route is a magnificent tour of Northern Arizona, utilizing a mixture of singletrack, double track, and dirt roads. The start and finish are at Flagstaff Bicycle Revolution, located at 3 South Mikes Pike, sandwiched between Pizzicletta and Mother Road Brewery. The course for 2020 is roughly 303 miles and consists of a Southern Portion (149 miles) and the Northern Portion (153 miles). The total elevation gain for the route is about 24,000 feet, split evenly between the two portions. The Southern Portion passes through Sedona (4,350 feet) prior to following a mixture of dirt roads and the Arizona Trail back to Flagstaff. The Northern Portion circumnavigates several extinct volcanoes, including the San Francisco Peaks, home to Humphreys Peak (12,633 feet), the highest point in Arizona. Each year, the Southern Portion will more or less stay the same while the Northern Portion will differ from year to year, typically alternating between a clockwise and a counterclockwise orientation. Most years the Northern Portion will overlap substantially with the popular Craters and Cinder Cones Loop. The race organizer is Dana Ernst. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Riders can choose between two categories: solo or duo (2-person team). Please consult the rules prior to registering for the event. Feel free to ask questions on the event’s Facebook group (or post in the forum on Check out the event recap from last year’s race over on Hopefully the weather will cooperate in 2020!

Partly to satisfy some requests, but mostly to spread people out in light of the pandemic, there will be three options. Click link to access corresponding GPX track.

  • Pinyons and Pines: Full course! (303 miles)
  • Pinyons Loop: Southern portion of P&P up to Schultz Pass and then Schultz Creek Trail and some FUTS urban trail back to start. (167 miles)
  • Pines Loop: Start with a climb up Elden Lookout Road and then descend the newly constructed Heart Trail to join with the northern portion of P&P. (164 miles)

We will cap the total number of riders for all three options at 50. Riders will be required to wear masks and use hand sanitizer when resupplying. If you’ve already signed up for full P&P but would like to switch to one of the shorter options, let me know.

Important! This is an unsanctioned event. There are no fees, no prizes, but all attempts will be made to record your finish time in comparison to others. A start time and route are provided and it is up to the participant to understand the route. Riders have full responsibility for their navigation and well being. The goal is to finish the entire route while setting your own pace.

The event will utilize Trackleaders, providing a live map, elevation profile and other stats that can be used to follow along. Carrying a personal tracker (e.g., SPOT, Garmin InReach) and being tracked by trackleaders is not mandatory but encouraged. Owners of personal trackers can expect to pay $15 to add their own device to Trackleaders. SPOT rentals (approximately $60 for a SPOT Gen3 with 5min tracking service and SOS) will also be available. Tracking signup link will be available about a month before race start.