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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 113 votes

#165

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  4.0 from 113 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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Sep 17, 2023
Nick Stamos
First real mountain bike ride. Definitely pushed my limits
Aug 26, 2023
Alan Streit
6mi
Jun 23, 2023
Jim Glaab Sr
Mar 22, 2023
Todd C
Mar 8, 2023
Will Day
17.8mi — 2h 15m
Feb 4, 2023
Lou Hibbard
c, With Al , want to go back and link clean 17.5mi
Jan 29, 2023
Jeff Q
Jan 14, 2023
Will Day
6.2mi — 0h 47m
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