Desert Classic

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  3.9 from 20 votes
greenBlue  Easy/Intermediate from 12 votes
Rank: #1 in the South Mountain Park/Preserve area
#19 in AZ, #523 Overall
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Featured Ride in the area near Guadalupe,
“The chillest trail in South Mountain”
Henry Braun on Apr 20, 2013
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17.027.4 milesKilometers 936’285 m Ascent 1,575’480 m High 2% Avg Grade (1°)
50% Singletrack -936’-285 m Descent 1,344’410 m Low 10% Max Grade (6°)
1:43 average time for 14.6 miles. Details

Also known as DC, the "classic" in the name means it's good, but it also means it's crowded!

This trail is without a doubt the easiest and least technical ride in South mountain park. Crossing the many small washes that run down from the mountain adds some interest and fun without much difficulty. For the more daring rider, there are a fair number of optional jumps and drops as well. Remember to bring plenty of water, especially during the summer!
From the east parking lot, go south, keeping the mountain on your right. You'll see the DC trailhead leave from a map kiosk just after you leave the parking lot. Stay left as you go by the Marcos De Niza trail and follow the signs as you continue around the mountain toward the TV towers.

If you do get off the trail, don't worry too much. Chances are you'll reconnect to the main trail soon enough.
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The king of Phoenix metro area trails.
near Guadalupe, AZ
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Technical climbing up the east side of South Mountain.
near Phoenix, AZ
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Easy but fun trails right in town.
near Tempe Junction, AZ

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