"K-Trail, Quartz Ridge & the Crazy Eight" - Trail, Gold Canyon, Arizona

"K-Trail, Quartz Ridge & the Crazy Eight" - Trail, Gold Canyon, Arizona

DESCRIPTION

As described here, the “K-Trails” includes two main sections: the K-Trail (KT) proper and the Quartz Ridge Loop (QR). Currently this system of trails is comprised of over ten miles of dedicated singletack, shared use horse/hiker/MTB trail, and quad road “connectors” between separate parts of this growing singletrack system. As the trail system develops and more singletrack is built, less reliance on quad roads as connectors will be the ultimate result.

One of the easiest ways to access the KT (the “K” pays homage to the trail’s originator) is via the Lost Gold Mine Trail from the Cloud View parking area. The Lost Gold Mine Trail is multi-use. The KT breaks south from the Lost Gold Mine Trail at Mile 2.6 from the Cloud View parking lot.

The KT is a 5-mile (and growing) section of dedicated singletrack with many moods, all of which are unpredictable and varying shades of “happy.” From the moment the KT breaks south off of the Lost Gold Mine Trail, this roller-coaster dives in and out of washes; twisting, turning, climbing, dropping, providing a sampler of technical challenges along the way including optional “man-drops” into the washes, exposed rock and boulder traverses. Cows can add an unpredictable technical challenge as well, though rarely. After flying out of the wash one final time, the trail begins a brief but spirited climb to the high points on the KT, known as “Red Rock” and “The Vortex.” Intermediate riders can make the climbs in the middle ring. Views of the Superstition Mountains from both of these points are grand. Depending on your ability and comfort level, descending from “The Vortex” can be an exhilarating mad dash down the hillside, clearing hedgehog cacti along the way thanks to the occasional well-placed jump.

After completing the KT, a short stint on the prominent east-west quad road delivers you to the “Quartz Ridge Loop.” The top of the ridge is accessed via a series of switchbacks that were clearly laid out with mountain bikers in mind. QR currently represents the topographic high point of the K-Trails system, and provides for expansive views of the Superstition Mountains to the north, and on clear days, Tucson’s Mt. Lemmon to the south. The QR connects a series of small peaks on the parallel ridgelines that comprise the southern boundary of the trail system. The QR sees moderate to heavy horseback rider usage, and portions of the trail show significant wear, especially where the QR traverses outcropping schist. Most of this loop is rideable, however, and adds considerably to the overall technical elements of the system. The multiple ridgelines have the potential for several additional miles of new singletrack, and new routes are currently being developed within this small range.

Combining the KT and the QR completes “The Crazy Eight.”

The K-Trails are off to a promising start, and well on their way to being a destination trail system well worth the drive from anywhere in the Val

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 18, 2012]
PGOAT
Weekend Warrior

I have only been out to these trails three times now. I have to say, they all have been Epic rides. Super fun, has a little bit of everything, and the views are spectacular. Hooked up with one of the trail builders and got a tour of all the newest trails. Thanks Darch! These trails are worth the drive. You won't be disappointed.

Metal and Mountains...Ride on.

Customer Service

Try them all. You can do a short or long loop. My last excursion was just over 12 miles.

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5
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4
[Jun 27, 2012]
abegold
Cross Country Rider

Lots of swoopy arroyo crossings and excellent views of the very nearby Superstition Mountains. Classic Sonoran desert vegetation of Foothills Palo Verde, brittlebush, spring wildflowers, creosote, wolfberry, chollas, and prickly pear cactus. Several different loops, all are fun.

Customer Service

2 parking lots, 1 is tiny, just head east from Gold Canyon.

Similar Products Used:

Picklet Post-if you love to climb.

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5
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3
[Feb 20, 2012]
TransitionSenior
Cross Country Rider

Feb. '12; lots of work being done on GC trails; Cougar is a nice addition; as is the newly completed' 'Tech Loop' ; a nice practice area for rock ridin; for int riders; with ways around every area. Check the Mtbr Az forum for latest developments. Ride On. TS

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4
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3
[Jan 15, 2012]
TNC3
Downhiller

Great Trail description above. Fun XC for intermediate riders due to the cacti, short-steep-rocky ups, and occasional (mostly optional) small drops and techi-rock rolls. The only thing I disagree with Gilamonster's description has to do with "jumps". No 'real' jumps that I saw on this trail. "NRA Pit" area has the only 'real' jumps I've found in/around Phoenix. But, I haven't been here that long. The Quartz Ridge section does need some work to increase 'flow' and rideability. Lots of loose babyheads, but with lots of potential for short techi DH flow. Props to the trail builders on this one!

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4
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3
[Feb 07, 2011]
lunamoose
Cross Country Rider

Gilamonster described this supersweet somewhat technical trail perfectly! You won't be dissapointed....it is a way fun ride with killer Superstition views!!

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5
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3
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