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Paradise Valley

 3.8 (6)

14.0 Miles 22.5 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

1,118' 341 m

Ascent

-1,119' -341 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

682' 208 m

High

186' 57 m

Low

Shared By Karl Ingersoll

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A tour of the north half of the Sugarloaf Peak trail system.

Karl Ingersoll

Dogs Off-leash

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Overview

This 14 mile ride takes you on a big circle route around the north half of the Sugarloaf Peak trail system.

Need to Know

Winter weather is to-die-for, summer weather, you might die here. Help might find you in the winter, but is very unlikely in the summer. Plan accordingly. You can always walk out to the canal and find civilization, but carrying water with you would make it an adventure rather than a crisis. Be smart.

Short sections of this trail measure over 30% grade, despite what the app says.

Description

Fit riders with solid basic skills will find this ride challenging but rideable. Skilled, experienced, riders will find the ride lacking in significant technical challenges though there are a few steep, loose, gravely climbs. The north half of Champagne is skipped by many, but it is a great speed rush for those so inclined. Not steep, just long, narrow, downhill that lets you work up a good head of steam. Don't let your speed get away from you, there are many small surprises to keep you on your toes.

The rough-and-ready nature of these trails will appeal to those who like rough and ready trails but may not appeal to those who prefer polished trails.

The geological features that you'll pass on this ride are world-class. If you have a geological bent, you'll have a great deal to distract you from your riding. If you don't know a thing about geology, look around and know that you are riding through a geological wonderland.

Check out the descriptions of the individual trails that make up this ride if you're interested in more specific details about each section.

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May 12, 2018
Jeff Clemons
15mi — 2h 00m
Feb 11, 2017
Brea Witt
This trail would be awesome if maintained. The further part of this trail has some totally unrideable sections due to erosion issues.
Feb 2, 2017
Arno Gaarthuis
Loose rocks make it a bit challenging but overall fun trail system! 14mi
Feb 1, 2017
Arno Gaarthuis
Epic trails, brilliant views! 10mi
Nov 14, 2016
Javier Balderrama

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  3.8 from 6 votes

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Pretty cool trail--definitely not for beginners though. 80-90% single track with some fire road connectors. The first few miles is mostly mild climbing with a few short punchy uphill sections. Once you get to the top you are greeted with a nice view and a couple miles of fairly flowy single track. The rest of the ride varies from tame to a bit on the wild side--there are some gnarly, loose down/uphills that may require some hike-a-bike depending on your skill level. The last few miles is pretty fast and flowy with a couple short climbs. You'll definitely want some pretty aggressive tires with sidewall protection. The rocks are sharp, relentless and are scattered on nearly every section of the ride. I'd highly suggest riding this in the early morning or evening--there's a high probability you'd have a miserable death during the spring/summer months if you tried to ride this in the middle of the day. Bring PLENTY of water!!! You've been warned! May 12, 2018

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