Archives for January 2008

Hawes Trail Network Reviews

Hawes Road Loop is one of the most beautiful trails in the valley. Also, it is one of my favorites. The ride starts with a good warm up on pavement then turns into fast twisting singletrack. The mileage can vary depending on which route you take. Park in Walgreen’s parking lot at the corner of Thomas road and Power road. Ride north on Power. Just as you pass over the canal the trailhead is on… Read More »

Phoenix Mountain Preserve Trail Reviews

View Larger Map Surrounding the base of 2,608-foot Piestewa Peak, the Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area and Dreamy Draw Recreation Area are gateways into diverse desert that offers everything from fantastic views to secluded valleys. You don’t have to fight crowds on the Piestewa Peak Summit Trail to enjoy the area — the area boasts dozens of miles of trails to enjoy the glory of the Sonoran Desert in relative solitude. An assortment of… Read More »

Trail 100 Review – Phoenix Mountain Preserve

This is a fun singletrack ride in the middle of Phoenix located in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. This is a pretty easy to moderate trail consisting of rocky, rolling singletrack with some steep climbs. A good 21 mile out and back ride from the Tatum and Tomahawk parking lot. Most of the trail is clearly marked with posts with some tunnels that go under the freeway. There are plenty of other trails that branch off… Read More »

Perl Charles Memorial Trail 1A – Phoenix Mountain Preserve

This is a technical singletrack loop with some very steep up and down sections located in the Phoenix Mountain Preserves. This trail is for advanced riders who like to bleed and leave their skin on rocks once in a while. It can be incorporated into your Trail 100 ride (see above description) or done as a 4.8 mile loop from the Dreamy Draw Recreation Center. As always with rides in the Phoenix area, the views… Read More »

Cave Creek Regional Park Trail Reviews

View Larger Map Cave Creek Regional Park Located north of Phoenix, this 2,922-acre park sits in the upper Sonoran Desert. Ranging in elevation from 2,000 feet to 3,060, this desert oasis provides any hiker and equestrian majestic views. The Go John Trail loops around a mountain to provide the illusion of being miles away from civilization. In the 1870s, fever stricken gold seekers staked their dreams on the jasper-studded hills. Guided trails to these sites… Read More »

Usery Mountain Regional Park

View Larger Map Located on the Valley’s east side, this park takes in 3,648 acres set at the western end of the Goldfield Mountains, adjacent to the Tonto National Forest. The park contains a large variety of plants and animals that call the lower Sonoran Desert home. Along the most popular feature of the park, the Wind Cave Trail, water seeps from the roof of the alcove to support hanging gardens of Rock Daisy. The… Read More »

Pass Mountain – Usery Mountain Regional Park

by Dan Garrison Pass Mountain is the largest feature in Usery Park, and offers the most challenging riding of all the Park’s trails. Pass Mountain also offers one of the more popular hiking destinations, Wind Cave. As the name suggests, Pass Mountain Trail circumnavigates Pass Mountain, and can be ridden clockwise or counterclockwise. It is moderately aerobic and technical, and suited to riders with intermediate or better skills. Access to the trailhead can be accomplished… Read More »

Blevins – Usery Mountain Regional Park

by John V. Vrabec I am new to mountain biking and thoroughly enjoyed this trail. You could probably call this a beginner’s trail, but there are enough challenges to learn the ropes very quickly. Bunny hopping over logs and traversing through the washes was great fun and no steep climbs at all. Elevation change is around 100 feet overall. Rating: Skill: Beginner Season: Fall, Winter, Spring Mileage: 2.9

Lost Dutchman Loops Trail Reviews

View Larger Map by Roy “Cozmic Coyote” Edwards Although these trails are still being put together on existing Mule & Horse trails there is a mostly Single Trac Loop from Brown Road south crossing University near the Apache Junction Fire Department south on single trac to Broadway Road and coming out near Desert Vista Elemenntary School all the way south to US-60 and back on another set of trails. To START take Brown Road East… Read More »