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The Pearl Charles Trail (Trail 1A)



7.1 mile 11.4 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,066' 325 m
Descent: -978' -298 m
High: 2,054' 626 m
Low: 1,247' 380 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)


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Trail shared by Reid Anderson

Great singletrack on the western & northern parts of the loop; the S part is suited to hikers.

Reid Anderson

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Horses and hikers permitted on entire trail. Use appropriate caution.


This is a lollipop-shaped trail whose "stick" section is easy riding & mostly parallels roadways but is still fun. The "loop" section has some great intermediate riding you don't want to miss & some unrideable sections which are really for hikers, not bikes. All of the western section of the loop is a "don't miss" & the northern area remains fun & rideable, sharing some sections with Trail 100. I suggest riding north on the western part of the loop then east on the northern section & either stopping when it's no longer fun & turning back or hopping over to Trail 100.

Note: There are many ways to access this trail. This way is easy to describe, convenient to access and close to the beginning / end of the trail. There are places to park which get you to the "meat" of the trail (from a mountain biking perspective) more quickly, but for simplicity, I suggest parking at the E. Myrtle Ave trailhead. The ride to the good stuff is short and easy, and you can scope out places to park elsewhere next time you come.

Riding: From the NE corner of the E Myrtle Ave parking area, access the trail which will descend down into the wash before proceeding through a tunnel below the SR-51 freeway. Next, the trail will parallel N. 20th Street as it heads north. Shortly, N. 20th Street ends and the trail slips into a narrow area between residential backyards & the freeway retaining wall.

When you emerge from this channel, the loop portion of the trail begins. Head left, as veering right takes you to an unrideable area of the southern section that begins just east of N 22nd St.

Continue riding north on the western section then east on the northern section until you are tired or wish to turn around. At this point, simply return the way you came back to the parking area.

If you choose to continue through the whole lollipop as mapped, be prepared for variable conditions, challenging obstacles, and hike-a-bike sections galore.


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Jun 4, 2019
Sean Terrillion
3.2mi — 0h 31m
Dec 24, 2018
Celeste Jacroux
first ride in 9 months. pretty difficult. lots of walking the bike. 6.5mi
Oct 14, 2018
Sergio Cobian
Wow 4.6mi
Oct 6, 2018
Blake Elliott
May 2, 2018
David Rossi
Sep 14, 2017
Chad Powers
With Pat New
Apr 1, 2017
Brian Klimaszewski
don't do the hike a bike section, just do an out and back. too difficult to go through the mtn saddle. 7.1mi
Oct 22, 2016
Mira Word

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Phoenix Mountains Preserve | The chunkier side of PMP | 01/04/2020
Jan 19, 2020 near Paradis…, AZ
High Point 100 E.
Jan 16, 2018 near Paradis…, AZ
Phoenix has placed new purple signs for Trail 1A.  In doing so, they have completely rerouted the trail in places & bypassed climbs & descents that make 1A both challenging and fun.  Seeing a Trail 1A sign of this style means you are on a part of the original Trail 1A that has since been bypassed.
Jun 23, 2015 near Paradis…, AZ


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