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Beardsley

Intermediate

Trail

4.5 mile 7.2 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 493' 150 m
Descent: -207' -63 m
High: 1,725' 526 m
Low: 1,398' 426 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Trail shared by Tom Baker

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

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Description

I really love the Lake Pleasant trails. Beardsley Trail is the first of a series of trails you can link up from the Aqua Fria Trailhead off Hwy 74.

You begin by descending into the Aqua Fria river bottom where the trail is shrouded by trees and shrubs. You'll cross a couple of easy bridges one of which is completely shaded by a thick canopy of tree branches. A couple of gates will slow you down a bit but once you cross Old Lake Pleasant road it's pretty smooth sailing from there with only one gate left a bit up the trail.

One thing I find peculiar is the elevation graph makes this trail look very easy. I'm not saying the climbs are hard but they seem a lot steeper than what's depicted, but hey, I know these maps don't lie! Many ups and downs, some pretty rocky areas but I definitely recommend this trail. Keep riding north on Wild Burro then onto Pipeline Canyon for additional fun and views.

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Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks

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Sep 28, 2019
Karl Lillie
This side is closed until further notice due to rain storms
Mar 1, 2019
Chris A
13mi
Jan 4, 2019
Nick Bergquist
Dec 8, 2018
Elliott Beaty
16mi

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Trail through the desert landscape
May 12, 2019 near Anthem, AZ
This video is a condensed file of the trail from the start of the Beardsley trail onto the burro trail then down to pipeline trail.
Mar 24, 2019 near Anthem, AZ
Morgan Wash.
Jan 3, 2016 near Anthem, AZ
Great singletrack.
Jan 4, 2016 near Anthem, AZ
the start of Maricopa trail at lake pleasant
Mar 24, 2019 near Anthem, AZ
small green patch on the Beardsley trail at Lake Pleasant
Mar 24, 2019 near Anthem, AZ

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