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About a year ago the following trail ride was recommended at SoMo:

(1) I ride up Mormon trail to the intersection with National. This gives me a somewhat techie climb, so that's both fun and humbling (for me at least).

(2) I ride down National. This gives me a short techie-ish downhill. It is not as extreme as Holbert, Telegraph, etc. But it is "the classic" of SoMo. Getting onto National here provides a nice taste of the rocks and drops, but it is short enough that walking some stretches wouldn't be too terribly frustrating.

Even better, you can also decide very easily, after having ridden up Mormon, that you'd prefer to ride down that trail, and LOTS of people make that decision. It is less technical than National, but is more technical than DC.

(3) At the bottom of Mormon/National, head over to Javalina and hook back up to the parking lot on the Loop Trails. I like having this thrown in because it is more swoopy XC like (though there are a few smallish drops to look out for). There are some, um, aerobic climbs thrown in for good measure. The trails are less-frequently used and are narrower, and they are just plain less crowded, which at SoMo is a very nice feature.


Here are my questions: How do I get to the trailhead to start the climb up Mormon Trail? I'm pretty sure this is a different place than the ramadas where Desert Classic starts, right? I'm asking this a little late, since I'll be away from my computer in a couple of hours, but hopefully someone familiar with the area can give me some help...

Thanks.
 

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Chris2fur said:
About a year ago the following trail ride was recommended at SoMo:

(1) I ride up Mormon trail to the intersection with National. This gives me a somewhat techie climb, so that's both fun and humbling (for me at least).

(2) I ride down National. This gives me a short techie-ish downhill. It is not as extreme as Holbert, Telegraph, etc. But it is "the classic" of SoMo. Getting onto National here provides a nice taste of the rocks and drops, but it is short enough that walking some stretches wouldn't be too terribly frustrating.

Even better, you can also decide very easily, after having ridden up Mormon, that you'd prefer to ride down that trail, and LOTS of people make that decision. It is less technical than National, but is more technical than DC.

(3) At the bottom of Mormon/National, head over to Javalina and hook back up to the parking lot on the Loop Trails. I like having this thrown in because it is more swoopy XC like (though there are a few smallish drops to look out for). There are some, um, aerobic climbs thrown in for good measure. The trails are less-frequently used and are narrower, and they are just plain less crowded, which at SoMo is a very nice feature.


Here are my questions: How do I get to the trailhead to start the climb up Mormon Trail? I'm pretty sure this is a different place than the ramadas where Desert Classic starts, right? I'm asking this a little late, since I'll be away from my computer in a couple of hours, but hopefully someone familiar with the area can give me some help...

Thanks.
It's the same trailhead as Desert Classic, go up the road that starts at the toilets and it will end where Mormon/National start. There's also a map in the parking lot.
 
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