National Trail - Trail, Phoenix (South Mountain), Arizona

National Trail - Trail, Phoenix (South Mountain), Arizona

DESCRIPTION

Awesome. Trchnical, Rocky, Fast and fun.

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 21, 2008]
Huck Your Meat
Downhiller

Technical and very fun! Riding national is a treat! I really enjoyed going up as much as coming down. Very rocky, not too sandy. Some drops, if you want to ride them.

I was visiting from Colorado and I have to say, I really liked the trail. The only thing I was disappointed by were a few of the riders had some serious attitude. Big time egos.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 15, 2006]
justjumped
Weekend Warrior

Am a beginning rider, just started in March. Cut my teeth on Desert Classic, graduated to Javelina, and for the first time rode Mormon to National over the weekend. WOW! What an incredible trail. It rocks; literally and figuratively. Had to walk up and down the waterfall but eventually riding it is my new goal. Lots of great rides and riders out here. This is my new weekend trail. Stopped at waterfall to rest and watched as about 10-riders, sort of reminded me of a heard of mountain goats, came over the hill and rolled smoothly down the waterfall. Very cool. 3-hours, 3-litres of water, 3-hour nap afterward.

Customer Service

Started on Pima fire road, jumped onto Mormon, cut over at National. Came back the same route.

Similar Products Used:

Javelina, Haas, Spruce Mountain in Prescott

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 26, 2003]
ZT_110
Weekend Warrior

I wanted to use this forum to say a few things about this trail. I started riding this trail in 92 and probably have logged over 1,000 rides on National. I am not one of the territorial locals who don't want people riding this trail, by all means ride National because it is one of the best trails anywhere. Please keep a few things in mind, and respect the people who want to keep riding this trail for many more years. 1. DO NOT CUT THE TRAIL OR MOVE ANY OBSTACLES. More and more I find people have cut some switchbacks or moved rocks to make a section easier. If you can't ride something LEAVE IT ALONE and walk around it. Why anyone would be so ignorant as to change the trail to suit their skills is beyond my comprehension. I guarantee the whole trail is rideable to some of us (I have video to back this up), so if you can't do it, get better, don't ruin the trail. 2. DON'T SPEED DOWN THE FIRE ROAD! The trail doesn't begin until the trailhead, not the fireroad, so don't ride like a jackass. It takes no skill at all to ride fast on a fire road so you aren't impressing anyone. This trail nearly was closed a few years back because a rider hit a kid and they started a campaign to close the trail to bike. I still see this almost every ride though, people don't have the skill to ride the trail fast, so they get to the fire road and let it rip. When you get to the fire road the trail is over, so just ride slow back to the parking lot. 85% of all hikers, kids, and dogs are on this part of the trail, so it's just not worth it. 3. Yield to hikers and horses. You probably won't see a horse, but it does happen. 4. Just don't be a jackass. I have ridden all over the country and this is still my favorite trail. Don't underestimate it, people have died on National. I'm not trying to scare anyone, but you need to respect this trail. Enjoy!

Customer Service

National

Similar Products Used:

Anything at S. Mtn

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 26, 2003]
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Weekend Warrior

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Customer Service

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 26, 2003]
yeahbaby
Cross Country Rider

I live at the Pointe South Mountain so this trail and I are becoming pals. Climbing National to Buena Vista is the hardest mountain biking I have ever done from a technical standpoint. I love it love it love it. There has been a lot of speculation about its ridability. If you ride it as much as my partners and I do you start making stuff. I can honestly say I have made it up everthing to Buena Vista at least onnce but never all together nor have I seen it done all together. A good buddy of mine consistely makes it up the Waterfall clean. I have cleaned the bottom of it once, the top a bunch and the whole thing once. But, this was after trying it 10 or more times in a row! I guess what I am saying is if you just keep trying I think most descent riders can do most of national. Next time you are there camp out at the tripple steps and do them 10 times pass or fail, hang out at the waterfall and keep trying it, ride the high and low side boulders and i bet in time you will get them! If this type of mountain biking doesn't appeal to you or you are out for a pure fitness ride, just run up the stuff you cannot do and keep hammering! This place has made everything easier for me! And yes I would love to ride with anyone out there not so much to prove anything but because I freakin love riding here!

Customer Service

48th street to desert classic to beverly canyon to fire road to national to mormon to javalina to east loop exit at PSM hole 16

Similar Products Used:

hawes, mcdowells, estrella, your-mom :)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 06, 1999]
Rich

I Don't know where the reviews went for this trail, so I decided to re-establish a place to review this trail.
I love this trail. Very rocky and technical. Every time I go here I clean another section of the trail. a few more months and I should be able to make the whole downhill.
This trail has so many great parts. Lots of drop-offs and sketchy down hill parts. This is by far the best trail that I have every rode. I came here a beginner and feel that I am a few steps away from being an advanced rider because of this trail. You will really get better fast on this trail.

Customer Service

Up Mormon on to National to Buena Vista Lookout
Turn around and go all the way down National.

Similar Products Used:

Explore all of South Mountain

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 10, 2000]
Skippy

This trail is the best in the Metro area. I ride it every morning for breakfast when I am in Chandler for two weeks a year. Definately the fast track to advance riderdom. When you can clean the uphill and the downhill you have definately arrived.

NOTHING ON THE TOP BUT A BUCKET AND A MOP!

Customer Service

Bottom to the top (Morman or National) at the Vista parking lot then down again.

Similar Products Used:

Hawes Road

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 19, 2000]
mtbberzrkr

This is one of the sweetest rides in Phoenix! It's definitely worth the climb. Spectacular views( if you can see through the brown cloud). Just watch out for hikers, especially on the weekends. I recommend doing it during the week or at night(if you have a helmet and bar mount light).

Customer Service

Same as described but for a really technical descent, take the Mormon all the way down the north face of South Mountain (not to bo confused with the trail you climb up). Plenty of switchbacks, drops, and boulders.

Similar Products Used:

Hawes, Trail 100, Pima & Dynamite, Desert Classic, McDowell Mountain Park.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 01, 2000]
Matthew

Advanced drops with some extreme, great ride for those with the desire to kill themselves if not to jonsi. Overall starting out with the D.C. will get you the cardio you know you need and finishing on national will give you the fun. Be careful and wear your brain bucket. weekdays you wont run to many hikers

Customer Service

I usually start with the desert classic to the pass. After reaching the paved section go right when the road forks follow it to the parking lot where you can descend via National.

Similar Products Used:

Be brave and find them on your own or with a group. Always great fun when you come up with your own ride. Send details

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 02, 2000]
tgwilson

Taking the few extra minutes to add the Javelina climb to the mix make this outing a climbing extravaganza... with the reward of the National Trail descent. Here's a bonus: Once down National, take Mormon back up to the Javelina turn-off and take Javelina down instead of the fire road. This ride is what mountain biking's all about.

Customer Service

Ramadas to Loop 2 then up Javelina, up Mormon to National, down National, up Mormon the short climb to Javelina, down Javelina to Loop 1 back to the Ramadas

Similar Products Used:

Desert Classic (makes you fast)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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