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Heavenly Pass

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This is a short, steep ride that takes you through some amazing geology.


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Singletrack

375' 114 m

High

278' 85 m

Low

44' 13 m

Up

98' 30 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

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Heavenly Pass is a surprise. One doesn't expect much from desert scenery, but this is an amazing place. Marvelous geology and lots of wildlife, particularly birds. Large owls live here as well as vultures and red-tailed hawks. At sunset, the sky is filled with swallows.

The north end of the trail has a grade that tops 30% and is loose on loose gravel that I've never seen anyone attempt to ride up. It is rideable down, but control is minimal, more like a ski run than a bike ride.

The south section is very steep and has some gravelly, washed-out areas, but there is much more here that is rideable, with fun, tight switchbacks and great views across the valley.

If you're a very strong rider, riding south to north will let you ride the whole way, but you'll be grinding out a tough climb on what is the fun part going the other direction. If you go north to south, you'll almost certainly be HABing the north slope up to the saddle but the ride down the south slope is a sketchy blast.

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Karl Ingersoll

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Experience a diverse landscape all around you as you ride the Sugarloaf Peak Trails.
Mar 29, 2017 near Yuma, AZ
A rider goes foot out flat out heading down the switchbacks on Westside.
Apr 2, 2017 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
Steep grade and switchbacks. Tread more stable than most around here.
Mar 27, 2016 near Yuma, AZ
Some chunk in Black Canyon.
Mar 27, 2016 near Yuma, AZ

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