Mormon to Desert Classic Loop - Trail, Phoenix, Arizona

Mormon to Desert Classic Loop - Trail, Phoenix, Arizona

DESCRIPTION

You start out on a fire road to the main trail. Then a long climb (not all uphill). You may get lost at one spot. Take National to the right after it splits about 3 miles into it. Arrive at Buena Vista L.O. and take path on left BEFORE "Winding Road" sign. Find some way to get to the bottom. On your way down, look around you. You'll see all sorts of things like the rock wall. This isn't much of a trail here, so don't worry about damaging plants. Eventually you'll run across a wash. (aka SAND) Ride this until you see a trail on the left. Take this across and go up....Up....UP....UP! Be careful when you see the drop offs, you are a long way from any real help. Now the downhill! It's all down, loose, rocky, steep and tiring. Just FYI, but my friend blew a tube on this part at 6.66 miles into it. Too cool. Anyhow, the DH does end and you'll actually have XC riding. When you get to the bottom, take a right. There you'll have another choice at a brown metal pole. Take it left. You won't need anymore help from here...

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 01, 2009]
Leonnolen
Cross Country Rider

I rode this loop yesterday. I rode my DEAN 26" hard tail shifty bike and did well. Yes, I walked a lot of the crazy stuff but over all a loop great. I was alone and started mid day (read HOT). So I was ridding conservatively. I might have tried a few more sections if I had a wing man to pick up the pieces. This is an epic, not for the length but for technicality and exposure.

Take Mormon on the way up. Then National to Telegragh Pass.The bench at Tellagragh Pass is great place to eat a snack and hydrate. The breeze and low humidity make cooling off easy. Most of the top of
telegragh was too much for me but the bottom half was great.

Who every said Desert Classic is a "zonner" is dead on. Cool trail where you can two wheel drift with some speed, but I was cooked at the end. No breeze.

I met some of the territorial locals. They only ride half the trails, the down hill half. I like ridding down hill too, but I also like to recognize the existance of my fellow riders. What punks.

Do this ride!

Customer Service

Pima Cannon parking lot. Ride up the fire road to Mormon. Take Mormon to National. Ride national past the radio tower to Telegragh Pass. Ride down Telegragh to Desert Classic and park to the parking lot.

Similar Products Used:

Javalina, Ridge Line, Beverley Cannon...all in South Mountain Preserve.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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3
[Aug 04, 2008]
SoMo Addict
Cross Country Rider

Insane challenge. Extremely technical. Take plenty of water.

I live near South Mountain and ride various trails there 4-5 days a week. After buying a new full suspension bike I had to see what National was all about, so I did the Pima Canyon-Mormon-National-Telegraph-Desert Classic loop. I consider myself an intermediate rider and I probably hiked 25% of this trail, especially the sections after the Buena Vista parking lot when I was overheating and fatigued. The technical sections on this trail are extreme, and sometimes it was a challenge to even hike my bike past, but the other 75% of the trail was challenging but ridable for an intermediate rider. Still, I would not do this route again anytime soon and would instead prefer to ride the other direction on National.

Similar Products Used:

Javalina

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 08, 2005]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

I've never had a bad time on South Mountain. I come down from Colorqado for a week or two each March. I always spend three or four days in this park. I really cannot add to anything already posted here, so I juast have to add my rating. If you get a chance, do it!

Customer Service

see above

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Haws road. McDowell Mnt, just for kicks. There was a trail south of Queen Creek, that had almost 0 climbing, but was almost 25 miles long and 90% 1-trtack. Can't remember the name, but it was sweet! All smoth roling single track. FAST and fun. Not a tech section but the length and trail made up for that. Good to do at the end of your trip, when your legs are fried.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 11, 2005]
Ridgewood Fatty 5
Cross Country Rider

This is one sweet mountain. Very technical and very fast on the way down. I'm a midwestern cross country single track rider and this terrain was like being on another planet. I had the opportunity to follow the line of a couple of locals and that really helped me to conquer obstacles I would otherwise not even have attempted. THANKS LUIS AND MICHAEL, two smooth riders! Like some of the other reviews point out it can get busy but the locals are soo cool. Thanks Sandy you're a saint.

Similar Products Used:

McDowell Mountain Park, hit it and don't let up. This place is designed for speed.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 17, 2004]
Troy Maxfield
Cross Country Rider

This trail will test the best of us. I was unable to ride down telegraph pass and from the look of it, that is for the best. This is a long ride and the haul back on desert classic is a bit of a zoner at the end of a hot day. It was 105 degrees when we rode it last. We thankfully found water at the bottom of Telegraph Pass or we would have been hurting on the way back. If you like to climb the rocks, National will be a better climb but Mormon offers a stiff climb seperated into two sections that are quite challenging to the legs and lungs as well. My favorite part of this trail is after Bueno Vista and before Telegraph. This is a challenging section and I went over the top when the trail caught me unaware. It can easily be linked with any of the Guadalupe entrance lower rides. We love the East Loop to West Loop to Mormon to National to Desert Classic route. East Loop offers a great lung-burning climb as a warm up. Take PLENTY of water.

Customer Service

East loop to West loop to Mormon to Dessert Classic

Similar Products Used:

East loop to Javelina to Ridge Line to Beverly Canyon to Dessert Classic.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 28, 1999]
Ryan

This is great! It takes about 3 hours to do and you'll never be so thankful to see drinking fountains! Not for the weak bodied or weak minded. Only a few places really require skill, mostly it's just hanging on and rolling.

Customer Service

I described it in the opening.

Similar Products Used:

Mormon Loop.

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5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 30, 1999]
Dodi

This trail that takes you down off the mtn and hooks up with the Desert Class. is called the Corona Loma trail. It's alot of fun but not for beginners. To access it from the paking lot at Buena Vista, just ride to the left and go under the "winding road" sign, and then hang on!

Customer Service

Take the Morman trail until it hooks up with the Nat'l trail. Continue up the Nat'l until you're at the parking lot. Stay left for 100 yards then drop into the abyss...

Similar Products Used:

South Mtn. is Disneyland for Mtn. biking!!!

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[May 22, 1999]
jefftallica

corona loma really is the best part of the whole ride... the rest is just getting there and back. this trail is difficult to find, and a lot of hiking is involved. i'm the one who flatted at 6.66 miles, and it sure ain't fun when you're being swarmed by millions of gnats. if you try this trail, make sure you have lots of water (duh, this is arizona), and make sure you have tools. i recommend dropping your seat way down on the corona loma downhill, because the trail has several very loose switchbacks, and you need to be able to apply a lot of body english without hanging up on your bike.

Customer Service

like my friend ryan said, take loop mormon 'til it hooks up with national, then follow national to the RIGHT (instead of the left, since that will just complete the loop), take national up to the towers parking lot, and then take corona loma to desert classic.

Similar Products Used:

the usual...mormon loop, loop one, mormon loop to javelina trail (DON'T TRY IT THE OTHER WAY, UNLESS YOU LIKE SUFFERING), desert classic starting at ray road, and papago park (visit w/ a friend... there's lots of weirdoes at this park)...

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5
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 05, 1999]
cosmic ray

All single track. The national trail climb is all tough and all do-able. Once up on top at the lookout, continue on national as in heads down to telegraph pass. Head down telegraph pass. It's waaaay steep at first, but mellows out and is over quick. Finish up with rapid twisty turny carvy rolling wicked fun kon desert classic. Do it the other way and it's equally fun, but not possible to ride all the way up telegraph pass. However, descending national trail transends any and all life experience up to and including doing the dirty.

Customer Service

Start at guadalupe parking lot at south mountain. Head up and over national, down telegraph pass and back on desert classic.

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Hmmm, this loop pretty much includes all the best stuff in this area, so check out Hawes Road, Phoenix Mountains, Dynamite Road and The McDowells. Get Cosmic Ray's book. At about $0.20 per ride, it can't be beat.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 13, 1999]
cboz

This ride is some of the best winter fun you can have. Don't sell yourself short by cutting down Corona Loma unless you have been all the way to Telegraph before. The mosly downhill section from Buena Vista Lookout to Telegraph is so much fun, challenging, and scenic. Cosmic Ray is right, the entire trail is do-able, although I wouldn't believe too many people if they claimed they cleared everything on the same ride. Way fun, way steep, way looong, and a lot of chances for injury, but that's why we love this stuff. Corona Loma is an awesome descent, so if you go that route, get ready for fun. Try going down Corona Loma, up telegraph, and back to Buena Vista, finally on down the National back to the parking lot. If that doesn't beat your butt for 4 hours, well then, I don't know what will. Buy Ray's book, and you'll have no problem getting around.

Customer Service

Start at 48th Street and The Pointe S. Mountain....follow Mormon Loop to National Trail PAST Buena Vista parking lot to Telegraph Pass, and come on home on the ol' Desert Classic.

Similar Products Used:

Nothing this good in Phoenix. Come to Sedona and Flag for more fun.

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5
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