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°)

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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!

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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Jan 16, 2017
Dalton Meyers
Jan 11, 2017
Chris Klein
17.5mi
Jan 2, 2017
Jason Thompson
Dec 20, 2016
Coach Don Williams
20.5mi
Dec 18, 2016
Michael Branning
8.7mi
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

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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


Very enjoyable ride! Intermediate sections for beginners wanting to improve their ability. Expect other people. Jan 12, 2017


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