Desert Classic Trail

Tempe, Arizona

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3 Reviews
4 out of 5
This well-named trail is a delightful cruise along the foothills of South Mountain. The route lies in the narrow corridor of desert foothills between the suburbs of Chandler, which have crept right to the park boundary, and the craggy slopes of South Mountain. It's located in south Phoenix. Tread: Singletrack.
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Mountain Biking Phoenix

by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

This well-named trail is a delightful cruise along the foothills of South Mountain. The route lies in the narrow corridor of desert foothills between the suburbs of Chandler, which have crept right to the park boundary, and the craggy slopes of South Mountain. It's located in south Phoenix. Tread: Singletrack.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Tempe
Distance: 17.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round, best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 1,400 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Phoenix South Mountain Park, 602-495-0222
Local Maps: USGS Guadalupe, Lone Butte; Phoenix South Mountain Park brochure
Driving Directions: Directions to Desert Classic Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

3/7/2009
1

The economy got you down? Want to find a way clear your mind? This is your trail my friends. At times this trail ought to be rated High Intermediate, though most of it is Beginner, because you'll encounter some steep slopes and rough terrain. For a kid from Michigan - this trail is all dry, arid and desert air. You'll want to go in the winter months or super early in the morning. Just make the trip - you'll have a blast out here. I highly recommend this trail.


8/8/2006
0

This trail is rated a beginner trail for the South Mountain Park/Preserve network of trails. However, there are certain trail aspects which make portions of it an intermediate trail. After a severe rainstorm it can even become a hike-a-bike in washes. So inexperienced riders should never take a long ride without proper gear including: water, spare tubes, a First Aid kit, and a cell phone. Best to avoid when the weekend warriors are out.


5/22/2002
0

Nothing too difficult here, but lots of fun, fast singletrack. Lots of dips and doodles to play with if you're paying attention. Watch for hikers, especially during the first 3 or 4 miles.



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