Timber Mesa Mountain Biking
Just north of Pinetop-Lakeside is Timber Mesa Trail, a 7.6 mile trail that is one of the White Mountain’s many loops. With access via a paved road close totown, it is an excellent choice if you’re looking to get a ride in on short notice or a whim.
The best ride at Timber Mesa is in a counter-clockwise direction. Weaving in and out of the pines, your ride will start smooth and easy, but there is a bit of a workout to be had with some incline and rockier sections later on. Just when you’re starting to get worn down, the trail comfortably pitches downhill for the last mile or so—making for a worthwhile reward to end your ride on.