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Mormon to Desert Classic Loop

Average Rating:    (4.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 16

You start out on a fire road to the main trail. Then a long climb (not all uphill). You may get lost at one spot. Take National to the right after it splits about 3 miles into it. Arrive at Buena Vista L.O. and take path on left BEFORE "Winding Road" sign. Find some way to get to the bottom. On your way down, look around you. You'll see all sorts of things like the rock wall. This isn't much of a trail here, so don't worry about damaging plants. Eventually you'll run across a wash. (aka SAND) Ride this until you see a trail on the left. Take this across and go up....Up....UP....UP! Be careful when you see the drop offs, you are a long way from any real help. Now the downhill! It's all down, loose, rocky, steep and tiring. Just FYI, but my friend blew a tube on this part at 6.66 miles into it. Too cool. Anyhow, the DH does end and you'll actually have XC riding. When you get to the bottom, take a right. There you'll have another choice at a brown metal pole. Take it left. You won't need anymore help from here...
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Latitude
33.36049904311931
Longitude
-112.00475692749023
Trail Directions
Take I-10 to Elliot. Head to 48th St. Take right. Keep in the left lane. Take left after sign indicating Guadalupe ahead. Take left past "guard house" follow to trailhead.
Trail Length
11.4 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Phoenix
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Review Date
June 1, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Leonnolen ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode this loop yesterday. I rode my DEAN 26" hard tail shifty bike and did well. Yes, I walked a lot of the crazy stuff but over all a loop great. I was alone and started mid day (read HOT). So I was ridding conservatively. I might have tried a few more sections if I had a wing man to pick up the pieces. This is an epic, not for the length but for technicality and exposure.

Take Mormon on the way up. Then National to Telegragh Pass.The bench at Tellagragh Pass is great place to eat a snack and hydrate. The breeze and low humidity make cooling off easy. Most of the top of
telegragh was too much for me but the bottom half was great.

Who every said Desert Classic is a "zonner" is dead on. Cool trail where you can two wheel drift with some speed, but I was cooked at the end. No breeze.

I met some of the territorial locals. They only ride half the trails, the down hill half. I like ridding down hill too, but I also like to recognize the existance of my fellow riders. What punks.

Do this ride!

Recommended Route:
Pima Cannon parking lot. Ride up the fire road to Mormon. Take Mormon to National. Ride national past the radio tower to Telegragh Pass. Ride down Telegragh to Desert Classic and park to the parking lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Javalina, Ridge Line, Beverley Cannon...all in South Mountain Preserve.



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Review Date
August 4, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: SoMo Addict ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Insane challenge. Extremely technical. Take plenty of water.

I live near South Mountain and ride various trails there 4-5 days a week. After buying a new full suspension bike I had to see what National was all about, so I did the Pima Canyon-Mormon-National-Telegraph-Desert Classic loop. I consider myself an intermediate rider and I probably hiked 25% of this trail, especially the sections after the Buena Vista parking lot when I was overheating and fatigued. The technical sections on this trail are extreme, and sometimes it was a challenge to even hike my bike past, but the other 75% of the trail was challenging but ridable for an intermediate rider. Still, I would not do this route again anytime soon and would instead prefer to ride the other direction on National.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Javalina



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Review Date
September 8, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Anonymous ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I've never had a bad time on South Mountain. I come down from Colorqado for a week or two each March. I always spend three or four days in this park. I really cannot add to anything already posted here, so I juast have to add my rating. If you get a chance, do it!

Recommended Route:
see above

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Haws road. McDowell Mnt, just for kicks. There was a trail south of Queen Creek, that had almost 0 climbing, but was almost 25 miles long and 90% 1-trtack. Can't remember the name, but it was sweet! All smoth roling single track. FAST and fun. Not a tech section but the length and trail made up for that. Good to do at the end of your trip, when your legs are fried.



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Review Date
February 11, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Ridgewood Fatty 5 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is one sweet mountain. Very technical and very fast on the way down. I'm a midwestern cross country single track rider and this terrain was like being on another planet. I had the opportunity to follow the line of a couple of locals and that really helped me to conquer obstacles I would otherwise not even have attempted. THANKS LUIS AND MICHAEL, two smooth riders! Like some of the other reviews point out it can get busy but the locals are soo cool. Thanks Sandy you're a saint.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
McDowell Mountain Park, hit it and don't let up. This place is designed for speed.



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Review Date
February 17, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Troy Maxfield ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail will test the best of us. I was unable to ride down telegraph pass and from the look of it, that is for the best. This is a long ride and the haul back on desert classic is a bit of a zoner at the end of a hot day. It was 105 degrees when we rode it last. We thankfully found water at the bottom of Telegraph Pass or we would have been hurting on the way back. If you like to climb the rocks, National will be a better climb but Mormon offers a stiff climb seperated into two sections that are quite challenging to the legs and lungs as well. My favorite part of this trail is after Bueno Vista and before Telegraph. This is a challenging section and I went over the top when the trail caught me unaware. It can easily be linked with any of the Guadalupe entrance lower rides. We love the East Loop to West Loop to Mormon to National to Desert Classic route. East Loop offers a great lung-burning climb as a warm up. Take PLENTY of water.

Recommended Route:
East loop to West loop to Mormon to Dessert Classic

Other recommended trails in the same area:
East loop to Javelina to Ridge Line to Beverly Canyon to Dessert Classic.



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