Thanks, I check it out all those trails..Not sure what you mean by "beginner", but one of the best beginner riding areas is Usery Mtn Park. The trails on the south side of the park are mellow and fun, and you can take small steps up in difficulty by riding the Cat's Peak trails. The next level up is the part of Pass Mtn between the horse parking and the Wind Cave trailhead. After that, just keep going up Pass Mtn (clockwise) and turn around where you please. Once you can ride up to where Pass Mtn turns to the east you're up for most anything.
:skep: So how did you jump to this conclusion? I see no post in this thread dissing ST but people merly suggesting much better options.No one said ST sucked or don't ride it.Man lots of ST haters. It is what it is. Close. Mellow. Pretty. If there was more biking interest there, trails would come. Its a decent work out and scenic ride if you live close and want some saddle time. Get out and ride!
I wind up riding out from my house and it works out to be about 35 miles as well. We must live in the same vicinity. I agree with everything you said. The hope is that they add more miles and figure out a way to make Malpais into a rideable line.I finally made it over to San Tan this afternoon, parked at the Goldmine TH so I could sample the new Dynamite Trail. What can I say, that trail is really nice! Sure it's a bit wide right now due to the new construction, but the grade is BCT-esque and it's a good one mile + climb to the top. From the TH it's 2.5 miles until you connect in with the San Tan trail. This will definitely be my preferred way to enter the park. Plus I can ride from home, 7 miles oneway, and easily put together a nice 35 mile ride. I did have to chuckle a bit at the upcoming switchback signs!!
One other note, on the Little Leaf trail they detoured around the chunky-ish drop into the wash creating a couple of switchbacks. Plus I also noticed quite a bit of trail work throughout the park to re-establish soft shoulders & better drainage. It's nice to see some work being done out there.
Here's today's track if interested:
Out and back on Dynamite only. I've done Goldmine a couple of times and swore I wouldn't try to ride it again after the last time.Hi everyone! I was outhere too very early around 8, hiking with the wife( I know, believe me I wish I was riding the bike) anyway and I saw quite a few bikers more than I had seen before. Question is when you go up Dynamite, do you guys come back through Goldmine?(I Heard is pretty steep)
Dude,I got out there by about 2 this afternoon. Rode Dynamite/SanTan/Hedgehog/LittleLeaf/Dynamite from my house. The trail had cleared out considerably due to the balmy nature of the day I think. I'm thinking that SanTan got alot more rain last weekend than South Mountain. Trails seem quite a bit less loose at SanTan.
I'm on the way so if you want, I can meet you somewhere in the general vicinity of Chandler Heights/Higley and we can ride out together from there.Dude,
if you're riding out there next Saturday, we'll hook up. I'd like to try that loop too. I only did the Dynamite out and back.
Easter weekend coming up, so I can only do it on Sat. Since Wifey is planning the family get together on Sunday.
I can get to the Goldmine TH around 8am. (I have to ride 10 miles to get there from my house). Hopefully, next Saturday will be just as good weather wise, as this last one.
Anyone else interested? Please be kind, I'm not a mountain goat, so I always climb in the 1/1 granny gear going up.
Unfortunately Family is coming over this weekend.. But if you guys go the week after easter (Friday(morning) or Saturday) let me know.. I also live by Chandler Heights and Higley and would like to join (like I said) I am a beginner but SanTan are the trail that I have been practicing..I'm on the way so if you want, I can meet you somewhere in the general vicinity of Chandler Heights/Higley and we can ride out together from there.