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South Mountain Trails (Desert Classic Trail) Professional Review and Guide
"At 16,500 acres, Phoenix’s South Mountain Park is the largest municipal park in the world. South Mountain itself stretches several miles along the southernmost reaches of the city, and separates new housing to the south from metro Phoenix to the north. The Desert Classic Trail, which runs along the southern face of South Mountain, is an excellent introduction to what the park has to offer. It’s a favorite local training run, offering a long and moderately challenging ride of nearly 20 out-and-back miles. Trail Surface: Winding singletrack."
--Paul Beakley, Mountain Bike America: Arizona (The Globe Pequot Press).
Desert Classic is the easy trail along the southern side of the mountain. It's wide and flowing thru many washes. Technically easy with a gentle grade.
Most ride National Trail thru the center of the mountain. Much more technical and harder climbs makes this a freeriders paradise. Many rideable trails thruout the park. Look for the native big lizards, chuckwallas.
This is a Great ride. Mostly level with short up and downs for the first part. Great for improving your technique on the short steep climbs.
Finding the trailhead -- the route description is incorrect. The turn into the park is 1 block AFTER Guadaloupe not before.
There are also many other great and more challenging rides in the park.
Very mellow ride. Titus had a Free Demo Ride set up and I wanted to ride the Titus Moto Lite on the Desert Classic Trail however I missed the left turn at the pavillion and wound up on the National Trail. Rode the Titus on the national trail and went over the handle bars 3 times and the last I broke my GPS. After returning the bike, I went for a ride on my Custom Hardtail Montgomery Wards MTB. I took the left turn at the pavillion this time and found a very forgiving and mellow ride compared to the National Trail.
Desert Classic is a nice ride on the south side of So Mtn. Park. Great ride for the older folks who are just beginning to trail ride or for those of us who are getting old enough to fart dust.
Desert Classic offers the advanced rider enough technical climbs, drops, ledges and rocks to please, and also provides the beginning rider with a great intro to all that''s awesome about desert trail riding. Making a loop via west on Desert Classic to north on Telegraph Pass Trail to east down the National Trail makes for one long, sweet ride.
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