Photo by Wyatt Spalding

Pinyons and Pines is an underground self-supported bikepacking event 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 changes each year! The 2024 edition of Pinyons and Pines will start at 6:00AM on Thursday, May 16 and is approximately 364 miles in length with 31,000 feet of climbing. The ride organizers are Dana Ernst and Dylan Turner. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

Flagstaff sits at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, on homelands sacred to Native Americans throughout the region. The Peaks, which includes Humphreys Peak (12,633 feet), the highest point in Arizona, have religious significance to several Native American tribes. In particular, the Peaks form the Diné (Navajo) sacred mountain of the west, called Dook’o’oosłííd, which means “the summit that never melts”. The Hopi name for the Peaks is Nuva’tukya’ovi, which translates to “place-of-snow-on-the-very-top”. This year’s course traverses the ancestral homelands of the Hopi, Ndee/Nnēē (Western Apache), Yavapai, A:shiwi (Zuni Pueblo), and Diné (Navajo). We honor their past, present, and future generations, who have lived here for millennia and will forever call this place home.

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.

Important! This is an unsanctioned event. There are no fees, no prizes, but all attempts will be made to record your finish time. 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.

Comments about the 2024 edition of Pinyons and Pines:

  • We are going to try something a little different with registration this year. This is motivated by a desire to streamline the process on our end and is an attempt to mitigate some of the insanity of registration that has occurred the past two years. Each year there is a mad dash to register and then a huge number (maybe 25%?) of those that register don’t end up doing the event. Many (but not all!) of the folks that drop out before the event let us know in advance, but often it’s so late in the game, that it becomes difficult to get folks from the waitlist to commit.
  • We will open registration sometime on Saturday, March 23. This is roughly 2 months before the event, instead of our usual 4-5 months. Registration will take place via Trackleaders, much like AZTR and CTR. Even folks that do not intend to be tracked by Trackleaders during the event will still use Trackleaders to register (for free if not paying for tracking).
  • As usual, the cap will be 74 riders.
  • Trackleaders will manage the waitlist.
  • Reality: The past few editions have taught us that if you are serious about doing P&P and can commit to being in Flagstaff on May 16, then you are almost certain to get in. Don’t panic if you don’t get in on March 23.
  • ITTs are welcome at any time other than May 16.
  • We make no promises about weather…
  • See below for the currently proposed route. There might be minor tweaks to the route, but you can utilize the version below to start your planning. Additional POIs coming soon.

Check out articles from previous editions:

2019 Patch

2020 Patch

2021 Patch

2022 Patch

2023 Patch

The original 2019 patch was designed by Shannon Villegas. The design for the 2020 patch was a modification of the patch from our first year and was put together by Chris Cone. The 2021 patch was created from original artwork by Hopi artist and local mountain biker Duane Koyawena. Here is what Duane has to say about the design:

Within this work are images representative of our values as Hopi. We look to the sun, Tawa, in reverence as a guiding force and source of strength within our lives. Centered, Nuvatukyaovi, the place of snow, conveys the importance of this sacred place within our spiritual and cultural beliefs. The color red is symbolic of our land, Tuutskwa, the white dashes relate the importance of moisture, and the colors blue and yellow represent male and female.

The design for the 2022 patch is a riff on Duane’s artwork by Chris Cone. The patch for 2023 was designed by Wyatt Spalding.