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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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All Clear 17 days ago
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The chillest trail in South Mountain

Henry Braun

Dogs Leashed

Features eMTB 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.

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Mar 15, 2019
Matthew Huck
First time on a trail with the new bikes. 4.6mi
Mar 8, 2019
Meryl Kruskopf
Rode my Surly CrossCheck, twas a bit rougher then I was hoping. 95% rideable overall but only 15% fun and flowy for a rigid with 41mm tires 17.5mi — 3h 10m
Jan 30, 2019
Kyle Brown
Jan 26, 2019
Steven Spicka
15.5mi
Jan 20, 2019
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Jan 12, 2019
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11mi
Dec 16, 2018
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14.9mi
Dec 3, 2018
Alejandro Rodriguez

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  4.1 from 74 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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