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“A grand tour of the outer loops at Casa Grande Mountain, including the Ridgeline Trail.”
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Casa Grande Mountain has a nice network of trails built by AmeriCorps*NCCC crews over the last couple of years. There are easy trails and hard trails and something for everyone. The rides lower down on the slopes are the easiest. Higher up trails get harder and narrower. You can ride the whole east side of the range. There is no trail yet on the west side for bikes although a really rough and downed cactus strewn trail can be found at the south end. No water but outhouses for the desperate.
Need to Know
Bring water and sunscreen. Ride in winter; avoid the summers.
At Exit 200 on I-10, turn off the freeway heading south to the Love's convenience store. Just past the store, look for Arica Road. Take this road west all the way for about 2 miles to the obvious trailhead and park. There is an outhouse at the trailhead but not much else. Pick your route--there are no maps handy and lots of options. Explore. You can ride all the way north to the Peart Road Trailhead just south of I-8 as well. To access the Peart Road trailhead, get off at the Jimmie Kerr exit and head west for about 2 miles to Peart Road. Turn south, go under I-8 and then follow the obvious dirt road to the established parking lot area.
The Ridge Trail - Moderate is the most difficult trail here. It includes elevation gains, some drops, large rocks and narrow path.