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Desert Classic

Intermediate
 4.0 (106) 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 106 votes

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  4.0 from 106 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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May 28, 2022
Steven Herr
if you want a featureless, dusty, 30 mile xc out and back, then this is your ticket
Apr 11, 2022
Randy Lujan
Feb 10, 2022
Patrick Moroney
Jan 8, 2022
Mountain Park
8mi — 2h 00m
Dec 20, 2021
Janessa Vazquez
Dec 4, 2021
Jamey Mossengren
Only did like half of it.
Nov 26, 2021
Mike Plansker
11mi
Nov 20, 2021
Eric Brower