Area 52 is rugged area east of Florence that is not on any maps. Locals have been riding there for years…and now word is getting out.
Scott Morris describes it as:
An awesome free ride area. There are no trails, just rock and endless lines. I wasn’t ready to head back when people started descending back to the white rock, so I hung around and rode and re-rode some of the fun stuff. There was one 3-foot drop that flowed so incredibly well that I rode it at least 10 times. Pedal up, coast, lift up, perfect landing! ahhh.
Area 52 is the real deal, and its far from limited to hucksters, there are plenty of tough climbs, technical moves, and line puzzles out there to make anyone a better rider than they were previous to visiting Area 52. The riding area has been equated to a rough version of Moab’s Bartlett Wash. Picture Bartlett but with a sprinkling of gravel in places and flesh devouring pavement instead of skin burning slick rock sandstone.
Paul B says:
If it weren’t for the dangerously soft approach, I could definitely see the promise of it becoming a Gooseberry-ish patch of marked trail and sessioning areas.
Search the AZ MTBR forum for some old threads with pix and gps