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Desert Classic

Average Rating:    (4.24 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 25

Technical Desert singletrack with little elevation gain
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Latitude
33.3586351319417
Longitude
-111.98089599609375
Trail Directions
From I-10, take the Elliot exit and head west to 48th street. Take a right on 48th for approximately 1.5 miles and then a left to the south mountain park entrance. the trailhead is to the far left of the gazebos.
Trail Length
9 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Phoenix
   


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Review Date
July 28, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: HeatherQ. ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Super easy trail, great if you just started with clip-in shoes and pedals because the trail is really wide and not technical. Also, good for endurance building.



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Review Date
June 25, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mike zelinsky ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great trail for low intermediate riders.Also marked pretty well.Classic has nice rollers with nice flow.Bring lots of water & sunscreen.



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Review Date
January 26, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: smachter ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I am a 60 year old rider self described advanced intermediate rider with moderate aerobic capacity and I love this trial. I have ridden most of the popular trails at South Mountain Park (National, Mormon, Javalina, etc.) and around the Central and East Valley (Hawes, Trail 100, McDowell, Usery, etc.) and I always come back to this trail. It consists of fairly flat terrain, however, as mentioned by most of the reviewers it roles thru dry washes and has some rocky sections particulary at the west end that make for more technical riding - nothing a beginning rider could not handle if they possess moderate bike handling skill. What I like most about this trail is for a person with moderate aerobic capacity and technical skill this trail provides good flow with the occasional technical section and if you pay attention opportunities to even catch some air off a small drop or two. You can also work your lungs by just going flat out.

Recommended Route:
The most popular trailhead is Pima Canyon near 48th Street and Guadalupe. This is OK during the week, but on weekends in the AM the parking lot fills up quickly. Recommend the Warpaint Trailhead on weekends. This is located just north of Knox on Warpaint. At this Trailhead take either trail – the one over the stone bridge or the one going down the railroad tie steps. Ride to the north for about a mile and you will intersect the Desert Classic at the trail posts, I believe marked either 45 or 47 depending on which trail you used from Warpaint. Go left if you want a more technical ride and right for a smoother ride back to the Pima Canyon Trailhead. Either way the riding is great. Enjoy life.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
National, Mormon, Javalina, Hawes, Usery-for gentle desert riding, Trail 100, and McDowell–all loops incluing Pemberton.



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Review Date
August 4, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: SoMo Addict ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I love this trail!

Desert Classic runs along the base of South Mountain's south side (which is shaded in the evening). Its a great cross country out-and-back ride with no noteworthy elevation gain except for a small hill near the Telegraph Pass end of the trail. The trail passes through a number of quick down-and-up washes that make for a super fun ride, and even though there are no big climbs, the trail is not perfectly flat so at times you are pedaling hard and other times crusing downhill.

Riding the whole trail out-and-back is a decent physical challenge, but its not crazy strenuous. There is one somewhat technical section near the Telegraph Pass end of the trail but its short and definately ridable for beginner-intermediate riders.

This is a great trail for anyone looking for a nice cross country ride, and the mountain give the trail some beautiful scenery. Beginners can really get a lot of good experience on this trail while remaining close to civilization in case they run into trouble.

Recommended Route:
Start at either end and ride until you get tired, then turn around and ride back.



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Review Date
January 13, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Michele ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a great trail for beginners to work on technical skills. When I first got my bike I was out there once a week. Once I figured out the momentum thing, I was able to let off the brakes and fly through roller coaster washes. I still grin through that section. Like previous reviews have said, after you pass Flinstone's Bench, the trail does get rocky and some washes are technical. No shame in hiking the washes down to find the best line to ride the bike down. In some places, I still have to hike a bike. It is best to ride the trail during the week, because it gets very crowded with hikers, dogs, horses, and neon posers. As Cosmic Ray says, "You can't swing a dead cat without hitting some neon poser."

Recommended Route:
Enter trail from the ramands on the south side of the park. Once I get to the top of the first hill, I take a the second left down a short hill to a flat section of the trail. This avoids most of the traffic on the first third of the trail and is an excellent warm-up for climbs later on the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Papago Park, Pemberton loop, and Trail 100 are all excellent for beginners that are learning the sport.



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