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Desert Classic

Intermediate
 4.0 (98) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The chillest trail in South Mountain


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Map Key

17.5

Miles

28.2

KM

50%

Singletrack

1,573' 479 m

High

1,345' 410 m

Low

881' 268 m

Up

881' 269 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Henry Braun

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 98 votes

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  4.0 from 98 votes
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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
Classic sunrise on Desert Classic Trail
Jul 31, 2016 near Guadalupe, AZ
South Mountain, Arizona 8
Mar 3, 2015 near Guadalupe, AZ
Climbing out of the wash on Desert Classic
Dec 25, 2014 near Guadalupe, AZ

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Apr 18, 2021
Monte Mountain
busy 14.8mi — 1h 47m
Apr 18, 2021
Stijn J
Fun 3.6mi — 0h 35m
Feb 24, 2021
Robert Monchamp
Feb 14, 2021
Ken Steele
Feb 5, 2021
Lisa Munsch
Very good trail with lots of up and down. About 2.5 hours mostly rideable. Out and back. You ride around a treatment plant. I turned around early t… 19mi
Jan 29, 2021
Mike Schen
Dec 30, 2020
zaq
Dec 12, 2020
Daniel Richardson