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“Figure 8 loop in the mountains just north of Vistancia.”
— Kyle Davis
This loop is just a start to seemingly endless miles of singletrack and doubletrack in the foothills of the Hieroglyphic Mountains. For beginners stick to the doubletrack, for intermediate/advanced riders there's some challenging climbs and sick descents to be found all along the trail system.
Starting from the Foothills Pool head NW along the Discovery Trail to the sundial. From the sundial continue NW to the Central Arizona Project Canal
fence and take a right to the bridge. Across the foot bridge is where the expanse of trails begins. First you proceed up doubletrack past Cactus Garden and then N around the hill to Prince Mountain Rd (more doubletrack). A fun descent down Prince Mountain Road takes you to a choice of several doubletracks, all of which lead up Pain Hill. Midway through the climb is when you fell "the pain" and Clean Up Pain is an achievement worth posting on your social media of choice. The doubletrack takes you to a landing, turn right to finish the climb and stop for an awesome photo op because from this vantage point you can see all of Phoenix (highly recommended at night). Down the west side of pain and you reach a juncture, Cholla is to your left (we'll get back here later), turn right onto Terra Trail Up!
Now is where the singletrack begins. Terra Trail takes you N to the descent Hit The Gap (or it doesn't count), aptly named for the jump over the wash at the end. Complete the jump (or bail to the left) and it will take you to the tree farm. From the connecting doubletrack turn left to go W on to the fun singletrack Tree Farm. Follow Tree Farm W until reach the doubletrack, which you'll then follow to climb up the W side of Pain Hill. Reach the landing where you followed Terra Trail Up!
previously and turn right to descend Cholla. Cholla is a gnarly descent with two big washes. Cholla will end at a doubletrack, turn right and follow it W back to Cactus Garden and then out the way you came in.