Desert Classic - Trail, Phoenix, Arizona

Desert Classic - Trail, Phoenix, Arizona

DESCRIPTION

Technical Desert singletrack with little elevation gain

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 28, 2012]
HeatherQ.
Weekend Warrior

Super easy trail, great if you just started with clip-in shoes and pedals because the trail is really wide and not technical. Also, good for endurance building.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 25, 2012]
mike zelinsky
Cross Country Rider

Great trail for low intermediate riders.Also marked pretty well.Classic has nice rollers with nice flow.Bring lots of water & sunscreen.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 27, 2010]
RDAJR
Weekend Warrior

So after smoking for almost 12 years I decided to buy a mountain bike. and I LOVE IT~! I only rode this trail last week for the first time. Its some climbing and a good Challenge for me. But also has some good and quick down hill, through some washes. Lots of fun and good training for those of you tryin to get into shape like me. LOTS of shade in the early evening for those of you tryin to stay out of the sun.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 26, 2009]
smachter
Cross Country Rider

I am a 60 year old rider self described advanced intermediate rider with moderate aerobic capacity and I love this trial. I have ridden most of the popular trails at South Mountain Park (National, Mormon, Javalina, etc.) and around the Central and East Valley (Hawes, Trail 100, McDowell, Usery, etc.) and I always come back to this trail. It consists of fairly flat terrain, however, as mentioned by most of the reviewers it roles thru dry washes and has some rocky sections particulary at the west end that make for more technical riding - nothing a beginning rider could not handle if they possess moderate bike handling skill. What I like most about this trail is for a person with moderate aerobic capacity and technical skill this trail provides good flow with the occasional technical section and if you pay attention opportunities to even catch some air off a small drop or two. You can also work your lungs by just going flat out.

Customer Service

The most popular trailhead is Pima Canyon near 48th Street and Guadalupe. This is OK during the week, but on weekends in the AM the parking lot fills up quickly. Recommend the Warpaint Trailhead on weekends. This is located just north of Knox on Warpaint. At this Trailhead take either trail – the one over the stone bridge or the one going down the railroad tie steps. Ride to the north for about a mile and you will intersect the Desert Classic at the trail posts, I believe marked either 45 or 47 depending on which trail you used from Warpaint. Go left if you want a more technical ride and right for a smoother ride back to the Pima Canyon Trailhead. Either way the riding is great. Enjoy life.

Similar Products Used:

National, Mormon, Javalina, Hawes, Usery-for gentle desert riding, Trail 100, and McDowell–all loops incluing Pemberton.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 04, 2008]
SoMo Addict
Cross Country Rider

I love this trail!

Desert Classic runs along the base of South Mountain's south side (which is shaded in the evening). Its a great cross country out-and-back ride with no noteworthy elevation gain except for a small hill near the Telegraph Pass end of the trail. The trail passes through a number of quick down-and-up washes that make for a super fun ride, and even though there are no big climbs, the trail is not perfectly flat so at times you are pedaling hard and other times crusing downhill.

Riding the whole trail out-and-back is a decent physical challenge, but its not crazy strenuous. There is one somewhat technical section near the Telegraph Pass end of the trail but its short and definately ridable for beginner-intermediate riders.

This is a great trail for anyone looking for a nice cross country ride, and the mountain give the trail some beautiful scenery. Beginners can really get a lot of good experience on this trail while remaining close to civilization in case they run into trouble.

Customer Service

Start at either end and ride until you get tired, then turn around and ride back.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 09, 2008]
Stone Man
Cross Country Rider

Desert Classic is a fun singletrack trail to ride. There is little elevation gain, no big downhill sections, and only a few short technical sections mostly toward the west end of the trail. Still, the trail is very popular for good reason. The trail goes through a lot of washes, and the quick down and up of the washes is a lot of fun, sort of like a rollar coaster ride.

Although there is no big elevation gains or drops the trails isn't perfectly level so you are almost always riding up or downhill. Great trail for beginners looking to hone their skills and build endurance since the trail is 10 miles out and 10 miles back.

Customer Service

This is an out-and-back trail, so you can start at either end. I think the more popular starting point is the parking lot off at Pima Canyon off of 48th street, but you can also start at the base of Telegraph Pass Trail.

Similar Products Used:

If you are looking for beginner trails there are plenty to choose from at the Pima Canyon entrance; East Loop, West Loop, Beverly Canyon, Pima Wash, Javalina and even the service road. You can pick and choose and jump from one trail to the other and back again, and its often hard to tell which trail you are on at any give time. Some sections are steep and technical, but you can usually avoid them easily. Avoid the upper section of Pima Wash, its all sand.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 13, 2007]
Michele
Cross Country Rider

This is a great trail for beginners to work on technical skills. When I first got my bike I was out there once a week. Once I figured out the momentum thing, I was able to let off the brakes and fly through roller coaster washes. I still grin through that section. Like previous reviews have said, after you pass Flinstone's Bench, the trail does get rocky and some washes are technical. No shame in hiking the washes down to find the best line to ride the bike down. In some places, I still have to hike a bike. It is best to ride the trail during the week, because it gets very crowded with hikers, dogs, horses, and neon posers. As Cosmic Ray says, "You can't swing a dead cat without hitting some neon poser."

Customer Service

Enter trail from the ramands on the south side of the park. Once I get to the top of the first hill, I take a the second left down a short hill to a flat section of the trail. This avoids most of the traffic on the first third of the trail and is an excellent warm-up for climbs later on the trail.

Similar Products Used:

Papago Park, Pemberton loop, and Trail 100 are all excellent for beginners that are learning the sport.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 01, 2005]
bikefit1981
Cross Country Rider

the trail starts out easy enough, but before you know it your knees are shaking and your grip is stinging. not too technical but it definately hones your cornering, and line finding skills. great trail to get good on before you try national. P.S. dont do national with telegraph pass on a hardtail in two hours with no sunscreen, pain to say the least. the classic is perfect if you are getting into the sport or if you need a jumpstart. or if you jusdt want to test the limits of your bike, just watch out for wrong turns, as some spots are tough to figure out.

Customer Service

the other reviews are great for this, but the best way to describe how to get there, is to get on guadaloupe road take it ALL THE WAY west. and take a left, then your first right, then your first left, easy enough huh, some of the reviews confused me and i figured this would help some of the locals who want to go there but havent a clue.

Similar Products Used:

national, if you have brass tacks, telegraph pass, if your grip and brakes can handle it, and mormon if your feelin' froggy.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 06, 2004]
writing_guy
Cross Country Rider

I'm a bit of an old fart (58) with a lot of ultramarathon road cycling experience and fairly limited off-road riding experience in the North-East. I moved to Ahwatukee in the heat of summer. Then, Desert Classic seemed a baking hell. Now I'm loving this trail. It starts easy from the Pima Canyon end with easy trails and fun swoops down across the washes, but it becomes a lot more rocky and technical for about the last third. However, it's all rideable for a low intermediate rider like myself. Desert Classic has me liking Phoenix a lot more these days. I ride a hard-tail with my tires fairly firm (45-50 psi) and even carrying 200+ lbs. I've had no problem with rock cuts. Puncture resistant tubes or Slime is pretty much a prerequisite, though, because of thorns and burrs. Desert Classic has made me like Phoenix a whole lot more. However, I have ot admit to missing muddy winter trails and splashing down stream beds.

Customer Service

Heading west on E. Elliot just past I-10 turn right onto 48th St. Left turn located on curve just before Guadelupe Rd takes you to park entrance.

Similar Products Used:

Papago Park for beginners

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 25, 2004]
jimmcw
Weekend Warrior

We went to Phoenix to escape the San Joaquin Valley fog and 40° chill in January - what a pleasant surprise - 80° and sunny! I (Trek Chick) am an intermediate, not-too-technical, big fat flat fireroad lover. Hubby is an expert downhiller. We both loved the Desert Classic Trail, even though Hubby blew out his front forks on one of those rocky tech sections (I was hike-a-biking - no dammage). The jagged, flat rocks are easy to ride (Is there ANY dirt in AZ, or just rocks, crushed rocks, and finely crushed rocks??). The trail was a LOT of fun: steep, fast drops into the washes, and up the other side; a few sections of gritty-sand fast rollers with fast turns (mini-roller coaster). The portion that was rockier and more technical, Hubby LOVED IT!! I walked it. (oh well). Overall, I'd definately do it again.

Customer Service

We started at the Pima Canyon trailhead, near 48th Street and Guadalupe. There are bathrooms and fresh water at this trailhead, also shaded picnic tables. Seems to be the big starting point for a number of hiking, horsey and MTB trails. The Desert Classic is 9-mi out and 9-mi back from this point.

Similar Products Used:

South Mountain Park is comprised of a TON of trails. We hiked a few, which would have been way too technical for me. Hubby was just drooling to partake in some more technical trail riding (maybe next time with the boys!)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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