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Desert Classic

 51 votes

17.5 Miles 28.2 Kilometers


50%

Singletrack

881' 268 m

Ascent

-881' -269 m

Descent

1,573' 479 m

High

1,345' 410 m

Low

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

All Clear

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The chillest trail in South Mountain

Henry Braun

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!
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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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Steve Edwards
Phoenix, Az.
Steve Edwards   Phoenix, Az.
Just rode DC, 5/9/17 be sure to bring your big boy tires, this place has lots of sharp rocks that love sidewall penetration. The other commenters are not kidding about high traffic, WOW!! If you are land locked in the center of the tri cities IE) Tempe, southern Phx and Scottsdale this is a great option to ride. For me though there are a ton of funner trails to ride around the valley. May 9, 2017
James Fryer
Phoenix, AZ
James Fryer   Phoenix, AZ
I've been riding this trail for five years and it's smoother now than I've ever seen it, so most of it is pretty easy. BUT it has some technical surprises going through a few of the washes. It's mostly a fun XC trail. Jul 1, 2017
Fun trail. The parking area on east side of trail is closed, being reconstructed. Starting from the west, the first couple miles are pretty rocky. Lots of joggers and hikers. Weekend has to be a circus. Nov 3, 2017

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