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Desert Classic

 65 votes

Length

17.5 Miles 28.2 Kilometers


50%

Singletrack

Elevation

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

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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!
Dogs: Leashed

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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Apr 13, 2018
Ivan Ankrom
Nice trail. Wish I could have rode longer. Had to back track to look for my gloves I lost, had them in my water cage and started riding off. 8.3mi — 2h 00m
Mar 29, 2018
Mike Kortas
18mi
Mar 26, 2018
Kobbler R
Great introduction ride to the terrain in the area and a lot of fun sections. Also rose as a family. My 9yo son managed it in 20” tires. 8.9mi
Mar 25, 2018
Rudy Navarro
Mar 19, 2018
Jeffrey Chandler
17mi
Mar 18, 2018
Daniel LeClaire
Mar 17, 2018
SB Shrestha
Mar 3, 2018
Matthew Vane
Great trail. Helicopter route loop is tough climb but worth it 13mi

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 65 votes

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  4.1 from 65 votes
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#5

in Arizona

#79

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19,331 Since Apr 20, 2013
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Fun trail. The parking area on east side of trail is closed, being reconstructed. Starting from the west, the first couple miles are pretty rocky. Lots of joggers and hikers. Weekend has to be a circus. Nov 3, 2017
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

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