“The backbone of the southern part of the trail system.”
— Brian Smith
Sidewinder Road goes west out of the parking lot. You'll gradually climb for the first 1.35 miles. At this point, you'll encounter a short steep downhill. Bear left at the bottom and you'll continue to climb again for another 1/2 mile. After another short downhill, the road will flatten out. In general, Sidewinder road is used as a warm-up, beginner ride, or access route for the southern singletrack segments at Penitente Canyon.
Great singletrack segments take off from the Sidewinder Road. The Pinon
, Dollhand Ravine
, and Ute Loop
trails are all very moderate open desert sections which start and end on Sidewnder Road. Wild Horse
offers a great semi-technical loop when ridden clockwise.
At 2.4 miles from the parking area at CR38A, you'll come to a Y. After this point, the road continues onto private land. It is not recommended to continue west past this point.