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Thinking about taking my 8yr old there tomorrow wheres the best place to park. Ive only rode there one other time myself and not real familiar with the area. BTW I'm coming from the Surprise area any help with directions is appreciated.
 

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Pima Canyon is the most common place to park. That is good and bad. On a Sunday early morning it will be packed to the gills. It's a good place though b/c if he finds DC a little too much you can at least ride up the fire road to National and back.
 

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Unrelated to your original question, but good job on being a dad. :) I hope you guys have a blast.
 

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Animatorman said:
Thinking about taking my 8yr old there tomorrow wheres the best place to park. Ive only rode there one other time myself and not real familiar with the area. BTW I'm coming from the Surprise area any help with directions is appreciated.
Best place for a kid to ride is off of Warpaint drive. (I like to ride there, too.) Take the Warner road exit off of 10 East. Proceed West on Warner, then South on 48th a half mile, then West on Knox. Just after Knox passes a church with a big Corpus Christi (Dead Jesus?) on the corner Knox bends to the left and enter the foothills. Turn right on Warpaint just before the huge drainage ditch with the chains. Go a short distance to the top of the hill where the bridge is and park where all of the other cars are. The trail is a nice beginner loop which you can run either clockwise or counter clockwise. Just always turn right or left and you'll end up right back where you started, for a distance of three miles.

Second best place for a kid is just off of Kyrene de las Lomas elementary school. Again take the Warner exit but keep going west and then North until you see Equestrian. Turn West on Equestrian, park at the school, and follow the power lines to the flats which are just East of the water tank. (If you ride to the water tank from either trail head you can show your kid Mr Incredible's house with the inverted roof.)

Or, if you want someone to watch you car, look for the Trail Nazi's house off of 44th street. (Just kidding :)

Have fun!
 

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I second the Warpaint recommendation. I was going to suggest it, but I could not tell you how to find the parking area. Nice trail for a beginner, nice smooth trail, with a couple fun washes to navigate.
 

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animatorman! long time no see around these parts.
remember this?

anyway, another good place for a beginner is the flats off of san gabriel. you would come down I10 and exit on elliot. head west to 44th street, north to san gabriel which kinks and dead ends on 41st place. park on the west side of hte street and the trail is right there!

since the parking along pima canyon road is a mess now, many times i start from there to avoid the hassles.

good luck!
 

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