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Desert Classic

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17.5 Miles 28.2 Kilometers


50%

Singletrack

881' 268 m

Ascent

-881' -269 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

1,573' 479 m

High

1,345' 410 m

Low

Shared By Henry Braun

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The chillest trail in South Mountain

Henry Braun

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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, 2018
Alejandro Rodriguez
Nov 25, 2018
Joni Rhyan
Nov 19, 2018
Russell Lucchi
Nov 18, 2018
Robert Frick
Nov 5, 2018
Erix Loya
Oct 31, 2018
Brian McAtee
Oct 28, 2018
Monte Mountain
This is not a beginner trail. more like a blue trail with a few knarly hike a bike sections. Totally worth riding. several good flowy down hill sec… 17.5mi
Oct 20, 2018
Jared Fisher
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  4.0 from 72 votes

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lawrence sutherland   Tempe, AZ
I thought it was going to be leisurely ride through the desert......good place to hone riding skills. Dec 17, 2017
Lots of sharp rocks, so do your best not to crash. One spill could really ruin your day or year. As long as you're careful not to crash, it can be a fun semi-fast trail. Lots of joggers and walkers on the weekend. Mar 4, 2018
If I were to ride the whole desert classic trail which would have more down hill? I'm assuming starting at Telegraph pass and riding east? Can anyone speak to the differences of the ride depending on which direction you went? Nov 18, 2018

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