Desert Classic - South Mtn Park - Trail, Tempe-Chandler, Arizona

Desert Classic - South Mtn Park - Trail, Tempe-Chandler, Arizona

DESCRIPTION

An approximately 9.5 mi mostly single and double-track trail of intermeidate difficulty. A true beginner might find some of the drop-in sand washes daunting. Everyone else will have blast on this mostly hardpack and rocky trail. Hardtails ok but suspension bikes make the trail more friendly,

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 20, 2006]
tplayer259
Weekend Warrior

This is a great trail for begginers and intermediate riders. It is fun for everyone and the trail is well kept up. However, if you are looking for a workout or a challenge, this is not the trail for you. It is just to easy, but enjoyable. If you are wanting to put on some quick miles on your bike, this is a great place to do it.

Customer Service

Posted above.

Similar Products Used:

National, Mommon Loop

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RATING
4
VALUE
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2
[Aug 07, 2005]
azdrawdy
Cross Country Rider

Nice, flowing, relatively smooth trail. Park near the covered seating area, grab your bike, hang a left, and start rolling. There is nothing technical here and no reason to get off the bike, so if you want to get in some fast miles, this is a great place to do it. The cactus are no where near the trail so you need not worry about those jumping cactus! This is a nice place to bring a beginner, or like I said, put it in the big ring and get some miles in. Take a breather near the big water tank to cut the trail in half. Keep in mind that you will come across a bunch of hikers/runners/walkers and other cyclists. Apparently this is a mighty popular trail!

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Feb 09, 2005]
Puzman
Cross Country Rider

Nice rolling desert singletrack. Not very technical, and no killer climbs (though there are some short, steep efforts). You can keep up a pretty good pace on this ride, and the desert surroundings are nice (especially for an east-coaster like me). Saw some coyote and road runners, but since the trail basically winds past suburbia, you never feel like you're truly in the wilderness. Overall a fun way to spend a few hours riding, and a good trail for newbies.

Similar Products Used:

sedona

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jan 08, 2004]
Marty
Cross Country Rider

This is an awesome Cross Country trail. It is fast and offers a little of everything. If you are getting ready from a Cross Country race or just wanting a good workout, this is the course. Try taking the "secret trail" at post #36 to add a little more technical loop.

Similar Products Used:

McDowell Mtn. Competitive, Sport and Tech Loops

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 09, 1999]
Steve Brown

This trail is in my own back yard so to speak. I think it is a great intermediate trail. Its really good for MTB racers as it closely approximates the trail terrain and difficulty of most of the local racecourses. It doesn't have any real killer climbs except for a branch of the trail that can take you to the old helicoopter pad. That branch is a challenging singletrack climb that will get even the fittest dude breathing hard. But if you stay on the main Desert Classic trail, you will have only short climbs punctuated by decent rocky downhill descents that are real challenging if you bomb down them. This trail is not near as crowded with bikes or hikers as the more famous "National and Mormon" trails nearby the trailhead for Desert Classic.

Customer Service

Out and back

Similar Products Used:

National and Mormon trails which can be accessed from the same trailhead as Desert Classic by starting out on a dirt road for about a mile heading west and up to the actual National and Mormon trailheads.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[May 05, 1999]
Michael Weakley

Some steep hills but for the most part excellent, might be tough for beginners

Customer Service

take mormom up then national the way back

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5
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 15, 1999]
Tony

Lots to offer on this trail. As traffic increases the track gets soft and slow. Go the day after a hard rain (yes, it actually rains here occasionally!) and you'll find it very fast. It's bumpy in spots, but overall a good training ride. Not as technical as Mormon/National, so you are in the saddle a lot more here. Excellent cross country workout. Once a month here helps mix it up with other trials on South Mountain.

Customer Service

The others pretty much cover it, off 48th St and Guadelupe.
Do an out and back run, the trip back is faster than the trip out.

Similar Products Used:

Loop 1 and Loop 2 are a blast, Javelina is a little ridden but very good trail, and then there is Mormon/National.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 16, 1999]
Colonic Catastophe

Nice trail, has a good mix of ups and downs, you never feel like you are climbing forever. Seems more rocky lately, guess cause I have been spoiled by Dynamite and Haas trails smoothness. Never the less this is still a good trail. You will see lots of seasoned pros riding here.

Customer Service

48th Street

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 21, 1999]
Jeremy

This ride is just great. It's never too busy and is always challenging. It's got short, tough climbs, fun fast downhills and some nice smooth singletrack in the middle that a BMXer would love. This trail just never gets old, except for some of the rough stuff. Ride a soft-tail and won't get as beat to death as I do in a couple parts. Hop a fence and take a swim in one of those clean swimming pools!

Customer Service

Loop it.

Similar Products Used:

Phoenix Mtns/Trail 100, Papago is fun for farting around, all South Mtn

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 19, 2000]
Jimmy Jimmy Coconut

Nice trail. A lung burner for those a little out of shape (like myself). Areas vary as to the amount of rox. Some are smooth and fast others are ass bumping. 4 flamers cause my arse hurts but it was fun.

Customer Service

Guadalope road park and head out the left side of the parking lot.

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4
VALUE
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