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Hey im new to the forums and mountain biking in general. I just picked up a mountain bike about a week ago, so far im really enjoying it. Its a Trek 4500 and i just took it into a local bike shop to get some adjustments made. So far ive only been taking it down the canals and stuff around here but i wanna get out and get on a trail. I live in Glendale and im pretty close to white tanks mountains, just wondering if anyone knew of any good beginner trails around here that i could do.
 

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You could rip up the comp loops at white tanks reginal park. They are pretty tame and have some techy transitions. I hear there are some loops out in estrella ranch area. That should hold you over until you can hit national at somo.
 

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Yep, White Tanks have some good beginner trails. I'll let others guide you toward those since I'm not as familiar with them. Also on west side by Estrella Ranch area is Fantasy Island North Singletrack (FINS). FINS is doable for beginner and a little intermediate stuff too.

Check out the trail reviews here: http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-states-trails/trails-arizona/PLS_4513crx.aspx That will give you local choices plus directions to get to trailheads.

Here's some other beginner trails for you to check out:
1. Western end of Trail 100 in Phx Mtn Preserve, the section between Mountain View Park and 7th St.
2. Sport Loop at McDowell Mtn Park
3. Papago Park
4. Pemberton Trail at McDowell Mtn Park

Have fun.

Bob
 

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Figure out what kind of trails you like. White tanks is good. I took my young cousin out around the hardest stuff at white tanks on his first time mountain biking and he did great. Play around there. Estrella in my opinion just isn't as fun.
 

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Is there a lot people that go there, i dont want to be in the way if they're flying down the mountains.
Even if you ride bikes the rest of your life, there will always be someone faster than you. Dont worry about that. There is no secret hand shake that makes you a mountainbiker. Just wear a helmet, bring lots of water and ride.
 

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White tanks is good. I took my young cousin out around the hardest stuff at white tanks on his first time mountain biking and he did great.
You took your newbie cousin down Goat Camp :eek: That's one heck of an initiation if so.
 

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White Tanks Comp loops are fun and the two tech sections offer some challenge. F.I.N.S. in Estrella mountain ranch is good and has a lot of different levels of riding. Now don't get that confused with the comp loops at Estrella Park behind P.I.R. those are not the funnest place in the world to ride IMO. There is a Thrusday night ride up in Estrella ranch that rides off at 6:30pm for this guy named Harv's house then ends up back there in the garage. Then everyone hangs out and drinks beer and eats. Good bunch of guys and they break up into different level groups for the ride. Check with the guys over at Estrella Mountain Cyclery and they can tell you where Harv's is and hook you up with a set of lights for the ride.
 

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No, not goat camp, the hardest part of the tech loops out there. Not that it is hard at all. Little confusion :p There aren't a lot of people out there most of the time. When race season is in full swing and there is a race coming up there you will probably see more people getting some laps in before the race.
 

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Thanks for all the info guys, im thinking im probably gonna head out to white tanks first and see how it goes.
 

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Do a search on this forum for progressive list of difficulty for trails in phoenix on this thread......good stuff in there....print it out....check'em off.
 

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Don't pass up the Estrella Comp loops behind PIR. There is enough there for a beginner getting started to enjoy. I would recommend starting with the tech loop first, because it is a shorter ride. Once you get the lungs and legs, start exploring the "long loop" which is about 10 miles each loop. I'm not saying it is as fun as FINS or some of the other west side rides, but it is not as bad as mentioned above. IMO, just as good, bad, or boring as the White Tank Comp loops - and fun for a noob.
 

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RyanMcTit said:
Hey im new to the forums and mountain biking in general. I just picked up a mountain bike about a week ago, so far im really enjoying it. Its a Trek 4500 and i just took it into a local bike shop to get some adjustments made. So far ive only been taking it down the canals and stuff around here but i wanna get out and get on a trail. I live in Glendale and im pretty close to white tanks mountains, just wondering if anyone knew of any good beginner trails around here that i could do.
Performance Bicycles shop on Ray and Kyrene have a group ride for Newbies every Tuesday, leave the store at 6:30pm and on the trail by 7pm.

Bring;

1. Helmet
2. Water
3. Night light

There are a few area's riders can be led back if they feel they are done or there are race fast riders that ride ahead to there desire!

Paul
 

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Don't pass up the Estrella Comp loops behind PIR. There is enough there for a beginner getting started to enjoy. I would recommend starting with the tech loop first, because it is a shorter ride. Once you get the lungs and legs, start exploring the "long loop" which is about 10 miles each loop. I'm not saying it is as fun as FINS or some of the other west side rides, but it is not as bad as mentioned above. IMO, just as good, bad, or boring as the White Tank Comp loops - and fun for a noob.
The long loop is kinda sandy... Just sayin. Do the junior loop a few times for the warmup. Just sayin.
 
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