Desert Classic Trail – South Mountain

Posted by on Jan 5, 2012 in Desert Classic | 0 comments

Desert Classic Trail – South Mountain

Difficulty:  Easy (with some moderate spots)

Miles:  17

Desert Classic Trail (otherwise known as DC by the locals) is a great trail for all levels.  Even though the trail is rated by most guides as “Easy”, don’t let that deter you from taking this great ride (or fool you about how easy it is).  It is about 8.5 miles each way (out and back) and the trail does get a bit technical around mile number 6.  The trail starts out very smooth and fast and you can burn great time through the first six miles or so.  About half way through the trail, stop at the water towers, get a quick drink and get ready from some rocks.  The next two miles is still fast, but then gets into a few moderate technical areas.  ”Hike a Bike” if you have to, but continue on because it gets easier after about two miles of this.

The trail comes out over a ridge and will end up at the helipad at the base of the mountain where the TV Towers are located.  If you have some extra time, it is fun to watch people come blazing down National Trail / Telegraph Pass for some truly amazing technical drops (including the famous “Waterfall Rock Ledge”, but that is for another day).

The trail is pretty flat, but will get your heart pumping a few times and grasping for air.  There are some great views of Ahwatukee and Mountain Park Ranch housing communities back there with some amazing preserve view lots.

By the way, South Mountain Park is the largest municipal park in the country with over 16,000 acres of public trust land and over 51 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horse back riding.  Phoenix Mountain Preserves are open unobstructed areas, so it is possible to see some wildlife out there (in fact you can count on it), yes even including the rare snake!  According to the City of Phoenix website, more than three million people per year visit the park, so be prepared to play a little “Frogger” on your mountain bike with the hikers, and stay friendly so we bikers can keep biking out there.



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