Cathedral Rock – Sedona, AZ

by Spoonman Great trail with awesome scenery. The singletrack is quick and twisting. Lots of up and down with some technical sections to it. Halfway through you can take a dip into Oak Creek, and if you want you can swing on the rope and jump into Oak Creek. After that, it’s some moderate to strenuous riding until you make it back to the road. Lots of fun! Directions: Take I-17 north from Phoenix to… Read More »

Telegraph Pass Trail – South Mountain Park

Another trail for you “freerider” full suspension bikers. It’s a short 1.5 mile trail from top to bottom strewn with big dropoffs, loose rocks and hairpin turns. Very fun! Once you get to the bottom it is 8 miles to the Pima Canyon parking lot on Desert Classic trail (see description above). This trail is a little tough to get to. You can park at Dobbins lookout and ride the paved road down to it… Read More »

Mormon/National Trails – South Mountain Park

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. Many of the trails below can be combined for making a loop or longer rides. Mormon/National trail is one of my favorite trails in the valley. If your looking for a gnarly downhill or tough climb, this is a great, but difficult trail. There… Read More »

Desert Classic Trail – South Mountain Park

A fun 18 mile out and back trail on the south side of South Mountain. This fast and rolling singletrack is for any skill of rider. The easy to modrate riding is mostly singletrack with rocky sections, short climbs and sand washes. On your way out, South Mountain will be on your right while the Chandler suburbs will be to your left. There are many other trails branching off to get sidetracked, but the trail… Read More »

Corona Loma Trail – South Mountain Park

Yet, another ride for the full suspension riders. This trail is steep with high cliffs over the side of the trail. Big dropoffs, loose rocks, and deep ruts will give you a challenge down this one. I don’t recommend trying to ride up it. There is some very difficult climbing before the downhill starts. Directions: This one is not on the map, but it is there. You need to get to Buena Vista parking lot… Read More »

Javalina Canyon Trail – South Mountain

Great downhill ride! Almost all downhill. There are a couple of climbs to get back to the Pima Canyon Parking lot. I usually take the fire road up to the top of the trailhead and ride down from there.

Star Pass – Tucson, AZ

by Theillcracker Once parked, follow the Jeep trail to the edge of the state park. Once in the park, follow the trail for another 2 miles untill you reach a fork (This is the start of the loop). Stay left. After a few more miles, you will ride out of the park for about another mile or so. Be on the lookout for the trail on your right (this part can be tricky for first… Read More »

50 Year Trail – Tucson, AZ

by Matt The 50 year Trail is a great ride for a beginner or someone who isn’t looking to do much climbing. The trail is located at the base of the Catalina Mts off of Oracle Dr., Northeast of the city. There is a small entrance fee, but it’s worth a few bucks just to take in the beauty of the region and the Mt. Range. As the trail begins, you ride along the base… Read More »

Thumper Loop – Cottonwood

By Randy Victory The Thumper Loop, is actually comprised of portions of three trails: Raptor, Thumper, and Lime Kiln. The Raptor singletrack starts out rocky and rolling for about a quarter-mile, then a steep pitch, “the Evil Hill”, appears. This is a real tester, and just about everyone has occasionally pushed their bike up this one (although it can be ridden in the middle ring). But, it’s the steepest climb on the entire trail. After… Read More »

Trail 260 – Payson, AZ

27 miles east of Payson is trailhead 260. This is a great ride with awesome views. The ride starts out below the Mogollon Rim and climbs to the top of it. The climb is pretty tough and rough, but well worth the views and descent. I don’t recommend this ride to beginners, because of the climb and the possibility of getting lost. The trail isn’t marked very well in sections up on the Mogollon Rim… Read More »