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Desert Classic

Intermediate

Trail

17.5 mile 28.2 kilometer out and back
50% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 881' 268 m
Descent: -881' -269 m
High: 1,573' 479 m
Low: 1,345' 410 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

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Trail shared by Henry Braun

The chillest trail in South Mountain

Henry Braun

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

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Overview

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!

Description

From the east parking lot, go south, keeping the mountain on your right. You'll see the Desert Classic Trail 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.

From this point, the Desert Classic Trail meanders along hardpack and through sandy washes before reaching its end in a junction with the Telegraph Pass Trail.

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Check-Ins

May 16, 2020
Geoff Gascoigne
5.5mi
Apr 25, 2020
Julien Frolov
easy section, mostly flat. hit secret trail after making it a small loop 1.2mi
Feb 23, 2020
Charlie Heaton
17.5mi — 12h 54m
Jan 16, 2020
Liz Hamann
Jan 5, 2020
Jim Young
Dec 30, 2019
James Bishop
Fun trail but not 7th best in Arizona by any means.
Dec 12, 2019
Grant Koby
Nov 9, 2019
Eric Harrill
17.5mi

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 86 votes

#108

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  4.0 from 86 votes
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#8

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#108

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Photos

Sun setting on Desert Classic Trail
Jun 26, 2015 near Guadalupe, AZ
Desert Classic Trail
Dec 25, 2014 near Guadalupe, AZ
A brilliant sunset behind petroglyph rocks.
May 11, 2017 near Guadalupe, AZ
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Mar 3, 2015 near Guadalupe, AZ
Classic sunrise on Desert Classic Trail
Jul 31, 2016 near Guadalupe, AZ
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Mar 3, 2015 near Guadalupe, AZ

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