Archives for April 2008

South Mountain Park Trail Reviews

View Larger Map South Mountain Park in Phoenix, Arizona is the largest municipal park in the world. Located in the south end of the valley, it is one of the city’s favorite recreational areas. At over 16,000 acres, it boasts 51 miles of primary trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking for all ability levels. The park/preserve’s main entrance is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hours vary at other trailhead locations; check… Read More »

Pima and Dynamite Trail Reviews

At the crossroads of Pima and Dynamite you will find cars and trucks with bike racks parked off in the dirt. This is the starting point for over 100 miles of singletrack. Out in extreme North Scottsdale in the middle of some of the most beautiful sonoran desert you can find, is singletrack for all types of riders. Be sure to take alot of water. The singletrack is all over the place out there. Most… Read More »

Soldier Pass Secret Trails – Sedona, AZ

A fun kind of exploration ride on awesome singletrack. There are various landmarks to see on this ride. Devil’s sink is a huge sink hole in the middle of the trail. Watch out, because the trail rides right up to it and if you don’t stop you are a gonner. Also, the seven sacred pools are fun to ride around. The area is beautiful with the Sedona red rocks all around you. the ride is… Read More »

Mt. Elden – Sunset Trail to Schultz Creek Trail Loop – Flagstaff, AZ

by Chris Morrill – This trail has it all. A good aerobic climb, a rewarding scenic view, incredibly diverse single track and lots of speed. Start by taking the Elden Lookout road. Ride up, up, up for 6 miles with about 1,700 feet in elevation gain. Not to worry you will forget all about the climb when you are carving the trail at mach speeds. There is a sign that directs you over to… Read More »

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

View Larger Map Nestled in the lower Verde River basin, the 21,099-acre park is a desert jewel in the northeast Valley. Elevations in the park rise to 3,000 feet along the western boundary at the base of the McDowell Mountains. Visitors enjoy a full program schedule, over 50 miles of multiuse trails, and spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges. A stroll through the park will allow visitors to likely see deer, javelina, birds, and… Read More »

McDowell Competitive Track – McDowell Mountain Regional Park

On January 10th 1998 McDowell Park opened the 1st of 3 loops of a new competitive track at the park. Today, the track offers three loops totaling 15 miles: one for the experts, one for intermediate riders, and one for the average rider. Each loop offers a variety of obstacles to test the riders skills. The track consists of steep inclines, swooping turns, technical descents, and rugged terrain. This competitive track is geared for mountain… Read More »

Pemberton – McDowell Mountain Regional Park

The 15.3 mile trail has been altered within the last year. There used to be a very rocky climb and the middle section was filled with fun whoop de doos. Both of these sections have been removed. The trail starts with a short gradual decline to a 4 mile very gradual climb. Then it hits the new section with mostly flat riding. The last 8 mile section is my favorite. It is a double track… Read More »

Trail 305 – Prescott, AZ

by mtbdeb This trail is not technical but is twisty turny and too much fun. Bring your lungs. If you haven’t had enough climbing yet, cross the road and continue up the Smith Ravine trail, and remember, what goes up must fly down! Also, ride over to the lake and check out the resident bald eagles. The Forest Service has just added a significant section. This increases the trail to seven miles, one way, or… Read More »