Papago Park - Trail, Tempe, Arizona

Papago Park - Trail, Tempe, Arizona

DESCRIPTION

Smooth, several twists and turns, varying levels of altitude change

USER REVIEWS

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[May 05, 2011]
desertrider83
Weekend Warrior

I'm rating it 3's because the difficulty depends on the trail you take, and what you make of it, usually there are numerous options, with at least one being long uphill climb, to going around the hill.

This was the first "real" off road trail I rode in arizona, which was perfect, because it allowed me to brush up on my rusty skills.

I am/was used to completely different terrain, being from the south east, I have ridden trails all over the apalachan (sp) mountains, and though desert riding is completely different, it is still fun (minus the flat tires from catus's & such).

Any ways, great riding for beginners, or seasoned vets looking to brush up on their skills after being m.i.a. for a few years to the sport.

But, if you learn quick, or once you get the groove back, it can grow boring quick. So you'll have to test out your creativity.

Also great for just a ride to get out, and just enjoy riding your bike.

It isn't south mountain thats a whole different ball game.

Customer Service

I take scottsdale rd, turn left on curry to 68th st, once you get to that intersection, you can park your car wherever, and hit the trail.

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South mountain, but im still new, so dont do like I did on S.M. and just wing it, riding wherever you roll to, you'll get lost, and it sucks when you run out of carbs & water.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 23, 2005]
Mrweelz
Weekend Warrior

Just moved to Phoenix and getting used to the trails. I'm from England so the riding here is way different. Papago is a great place to ride. It's not a mountain ride - there are no 10 minute downhills but it has plenty of variety. Lots of techy ups and sweet downs, there's so many trails interconnecting too that you never have to take the same route. Check out the short but swift downhill behind the hole in the rock, nice speed jump there. Ride around get nice and warmed up then head out to the jumps. I'd been riding here a few times and never seen them, then one morning, I stumbled into them. There are some sick jumps in the hill to bowl area, I ain't tryin some of'em neither but its a rush and there are jumps for all.

Customer Service

No good at directions to be honest, if you need to get to the jumps, and I think you do, then read the papgo alternate route posting or email me for directions. I'm out there maybe every weekend, depends, drop me a line if you wanna hook up for a ride.

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Only estrella loops so far, I'm new here ! Estrella is okayish though, just a little bland with no real meat to it.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 14, 2003]
jbdmd
Cross Country Rider

A friend of mine had been hounding me for a ride so I took her here. She, who had neve been near a mountain bike, absolutley loved it! If you have someone who is a very occasional rider or who is just starting out I think this place is a good place to start them out without scarring the S@#T! out of them. If you are used to riding hardcore, technical, sick, oh my god i am going to die! single track, go to south mountain!...and give me a buzz!

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for beginners mcdowell, dessert classic

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 13, 1999]
Mason Convey

Papago is touted as an easy ride, but can be tailored to fit most any skill level. Hard rains expose the washes and rocks, making things trikier. Blind turns can be serious trouble if coming upon other riders/hikers.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 20, 1999]
Vinny

Papago park goes into many different sections and it seems that every section has different trail. Some where to go if you dont have time to go far this is a good ride.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 15, 2000]
IC

I think Papago gets a bad rap as a "newbie" trail. OK, yeah this is a trail I started riding on, and I have since gone on to most trails here in Phoenix. I STILL love to ride Papago. There are so many intersecting trails, you can practically make a new route every time. One other cool feature is the "bowl", well I'm not sure of the actual name, but on the SE side after you follow the canal, you cross the road and come to the bowl. Great for hanging out and doing jumps and downhills.

Customer Service

Off Garvin rd. near Phoenix Zoo

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South Mountain, Hawes, Dynamite

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 17, 2000]
Trent River

Facing west at the lake go right and go around the lake (pond); riding through the grass and over the wooden bridge. Once you get to the two foot tall wall hit the desert and go north (right) and down through the horse tunnel that goes under Curry. Watch for horses, pedestrians. and horse #@%$@#! Once you've made it through the tunnel, keep going straight about 50 yards until you get to a fork in the trail. One goes straight and one goes left up that steep hill. If you go up, once you get there keep going in a northerly direction... you can't get lost. If you go straight (easiest) also keep going in a northerly direction. Both trails will pass the first "large" mountain and then the trails will meet again (sort of) when they come down the hill and start to go back up (or around) the second "mountain." When the two trails start to come down again you will run into the "bowl." It looks like a huge bowl to dip down into and launch off the other side, try it.
Keep trekking on north. You will cross a small paved road and ride underneath the canal. Get on the sidewalk and start heading up the hill. The chain-link fence on your left is the zoo. Follow the sidewalk until the fence veers off to the left. Follow it. You can't miss the beaten path. You will then hit another paved road. If you want, go up it to the pyramid to see Hunt's tomb (EEEWWWWHHH), AZ's first governor. Go down the road and take the second paved road on your left (can't miss it... there's a lake there). The paved road ends and turns into a dirt path that heads to the parking lot on the other side of the lake. Once you get there carefully cross the parking lot and head for the zoo parking lot entrance.
Once you cross Galvin Parkway head up the road until you get to the top. From there go right (east) and hit the single track. There are two trails to take. High road and low road. Take high road for steep/fast whoop-dees. Take the low road for flatter, even faster whoop-dees. These loops are short so if time permits, take both! Watch the trail... you never know when part of it is going to be washed out. A two foot across hole might not be much but if you never saw it , you'll be wondering where your bike went when your pickin' yourself off of the ground! But keep going. On the north side of the mountain you'll see the amphitheater. Both high and low trails meet here. Keep going around and you'll end back up on the paved road again. From here, two choices...
Choice One: Go across the paved road and hit the trail heading toward the mountain on the other side. Follow the trail to the right and it will take you around that mountain. Nothing spectacular but fun and fast. Follow it until you see the paved road again on the other side. Again two choices. Hit the paved road and head back towards the zoo or stay on the trail until you are back to the top of the paved road and then take...
Choice Two: Head back towards the two loops. Take the low road. Somewhere around there you will see that on your right there is a trail that goes steadily down the hill. Take that one or about fifty yards farther east there is another trail parallel to it. These are fast, but not steep, downhills! Blastoff. I mean take it down. Only a couple jutting rocks to watch out for. One you get closer to Galvin parkway slow down. You don't want to end up on the road when some loser going 120 mph has you in their sights.
Cross the road and find the trail on the other side. There are quite a few trails that will take you back to the paved road that heads toward the zoo entrance. Take a few bucks with you and hit the zoo. Hey, this is Arizona! If you're smart, you got up way too early so that you could beat the heat. Perfect time to see other wildlife doing the same. Head back the same way that you came. You can always take a different trail back once you cross back under the canal and over the paved road. If you head to the right of the "bowl" you will be on the canal bank that will lead you to the back side of the first two mountains that you either went over or around. Play around. Have fun. When you're done just head to the southeast and find that horse tunnel and cross back over to the other side of Curry.
This ride is as hard as you want it to be. If you want the hard uphill climbs and fast downhill action take em. If you want the more level routes and slow paced trailstake them. This is a good place to start learning single-track or a great place if you dont want to get far out of the city or short on time. A lot of people call this a trail for beginners and people with any experience are losers if they come here. Not so This is some of the best stuff in town, baby Fast, fun, and familiar.

Customer Service

Rural Rd. to Curry (North of Tempe Lake, South of McKellips). West on Curry to College Ave. Turn left (South) onto College Ave. and then turn into the park. Entrance/parking lot on your right.

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Desert Classic

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[May 26, 2000]
Frisco Kid

This place is great. It is the perfect place for all skill levels. You can go out for a long ride, or get crazy. Tons of fairly big drops (4'-8') with great runouts. Gnarly chutes and fast singletrack.

Customer Service

Start from the parking lot on the NE corner of Mill and Curry. Find the steep chute on the E side of the lot and drop in. Head NE and trail will take you N to Papago Park and by the zoo.

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National and Mormon at South Mt., Trail 100 and Hawes Loop.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 11, 2000]
Keeran

I could really chop this place but i feel sorry
for the riders who have no choice only to use this
"trail".It actually is a beginner trail no doubt.
I'm very privliged to live in a place where it takes
MONTHS to try 30% of the total trails.And they are a
challenge for sure.Even Flagstaff is no match for Durango,you can't go very high up the mtn in Flag.
Oh well,at least i tried this area out and left a changed man.I'm so fortunate to live and bike in
a non-restrictive environment....

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Durango-Fruita,CO;Farmington,NM;Vernal UT.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 18, 2000]
Turtle

Once you are on the trails, just ride whereever looks good and go for it. Get to the tomb and go bombing down the trail that looks like it runs right into the veranda at the bottom, just make sure you go right across the road before running over a picnicing family. Head for the large Buttes across galvin parkway for some decent singletrack going around the butte to the ampitheatre. Then get back to the veranda at the bottom of the butte and head south toward the smaller butte for some decent easy going trails. Great place to go to learn the trade of mountain biking. Even better place to practice your tricks and jumps without getting hurt too badly.

Customer Service

get to the park on North East corner of Mill and Washington. Look for trail at south end of park. Follow the trail into the parking lot and go to back side of building. Pick up the trail right along the fence line.

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Of course, National, on south mountain. Headed to Sedona tommorow for the first time. Will let you know what I encounter.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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