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Westside

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (2)

As the name implies, Westside circles the west flank of Sugarloaf Peak.


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Map Key

4.8

Miles

7.7

KM

Singletrack

491' 150 m

High

192' 58 m

Low

499' 152 m

Up

353' 107 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

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Description

Westside has two distinct sections, the northern part that circles Sugarloaf and the southern connecting leg to Ryan's Trail.

The northern part of the trail has a section that is particularly narrow, with exposure, sometimes on both sides, with a ledges, drops, and turns in the narrowest part, requiring skillful bike handling and steady nerves.

While there are a few sections with loose gravel, this section of trails has more solid footing than much of the rest of the trail complex making it a delight for those with the skills necessary to enjoy it. Narrow, curvy, and punchy, the short, steep climbs are great fun as long as you ride them well, but miss a shift, or approach them wrong, and you'll be hoofing it because it's not likely you'll be able to start mid-stream.

The southern leg serves as a corridor between the southern complex of trails and the northern trails around the peak. This trail makes a bee-line across the flats, taking the necessary ups and downs through the washes in between.

If you are riding north from Ryan's Trail, traveling toward the peak, don't miss the cut back up the hill on the doubletrack at the bottom of the wash crossing. Climb the short section out of the wash, then hug the cliff edge until the trail becomes evident again.

New carved stone trail markers makes staying on the trail easier. They are all made of stone from the trails, so are very inconspicuous but there to guide you if you look for them. ar

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Shared By:

Karl Ingersoll

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#318

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Photos

Gnarly Sonoran Desert terrain with Sugarloaf Peak and Chocolate Mountains in the background
May 24, 2015 near Yuma, AZ
Heading around to the north side of the peak.
May 28, 2016 near Yuma, AZ
Sugarloaf Peak stands in the near distance on Westside.
Apr 2, 2017 near Yuma, AZ
As prickly as they are the rest of the year, spring brings beautiful flowers to the cactus along the 10-Mile Romp.
Apr 1, 2017 near Yuma, AZ
Climbing Westside
May 28, 2016 near Yuma, AZ
Sugarloaf Peak from the west.
Apr 7, 2016 near Yuma, AZ

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Mar 9, 2019
Steve Baker
First ride, includes Scrambler, Westside, Johnny Walker and Champagne. 15.8mi — 3h 15m
Jun 17, 2017
Yuma Cyclist
Explored Westside. Intermediate trail with amazing scenery that doesn't seem possible in the desert. Great opportunity to see wildlife. 9.3mi