Desert Classic

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Trail

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

51 days agoUpdate

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!

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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Dec 3, 2016
Seth Escobedo
Dec 3, 2016
Scott Shroll
For some of us, this is our gym. Ridden here often and on weekends -DC means Darn Crowded. Get here early on known holidays as parking fills up. 16.5mi — 1h 39m
Nov 6, 2016
Nabor Rios
Desert classic
Nov 4, 2016
Daniel Pompa Jr
Nov 3, 2016
Mira Word
Nov 2, 2016
Chris Vesley
Oct 13, 2016
chris gorogias
Sep 24, 2016
Dalton Meyers

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  4.0 from 28 votes

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All Clear 51 days ago

This is a great ride. There are several wash outs from the recent rains that push sections of this trail into the intermediate category. These are found in the "gullies and washes" listed below. Nov 10, 2014


Has anyone done this at night during the fall? I'm curious how crowded it gets. Thanks! Nov 8, 2016


Uhhh, I'm not really sure what the attraction of this ride is. Super crowded (really ridiculously crowded on holidays or weekends), and not at all scenic. If you like a rocky, mostly flat out and back that you have to share with literally hundreds of other riders and hikers, then this ride is for you. Nov 25, 2016


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