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Papago Park - Alternate

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Take the road you were driving on, toward the canal (big concrete thing that looks like an enclosed bridge)then I would suggest going to the left, where you'll go uphill. Then it's your call as to where you want to go. I like doing this in the middle of summer, when it's well over 100 outside. It gives the ride so much more challenge. I'm probably stupid, but I've only ridden this starting at 1pm, in summer. But it's just a fun ride. There's really nothing technical, but I like it. It's a good change of pace. Tired, disgruntled magazine editors that are sick of harsh rides, will find this a pleasant ride, with very few people (usually none).
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Latitude
33.448129434154886
Longitude
-111.93655371665955
Trail Directions
Starting from Priest and below Van Buren: Get onto Galveston Pkwy. Go past the zoo and botanical garden, until you get to the next major street. Take a right. Follow this, until you see a Jag/Porche dealership on the right, and turn on that corner. Take this street south, until you see a sign for "Canal Park" on the right. (It's about a mile from the dealership.)Park anywhere in the first lot you come upon.
Trail Length
Trail network - you decide.
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Tempe/Scottsdale
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
December 7, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: SatanReborn ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
To whoever has been e-mailing me asking how to get to the "bowl", I shall explain.

Recommended Route:
Ok, going from the original poster's directions. After you park or whatever, just keep heading down that street until you get to the second aquaduct. When you reach that, off to the left are two breaks in the wall. Just go through there, climb that little hill and the jumps will be right in front of you.



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Review Date
June 10, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Eric , from Tempe, AZ

Summary:
During the day it's a great trail system for basically anyone. But after sunset is when it gets really fun... especially with no headlight. Also because of the fact that the trail is also open to horses it's constantly changing. The bowl, or whatever you wanna call it, where all the jumps are is an added plus if the trails weren't enough.



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Review Date
November 18, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: CactusH8r , from H.B. CA

Summary:
Fairly easy to moderately hard work, and few chances to eat cactus. I'm no pro, infact I suck at this but I'm getting better because of this place. I come here to practice after crashing on the more popular trails like S. Mountain and Red Mountain. Watch out for horses and thier dung. Great place to go if you live in the Tempe area and want to stay local. Not the greatest place for people who have never riden a mountain bike off the sidewalk. However, considering what's left in the PHX area, it's about as easy as it gets. Enjoy

Recommended Route:
Start at Papago parking lot off of Curry just west of Rural. (The one with the ponds and a fenced off dog run.) From there go up and down and up again heading west toward Mill St. Plenty of trails, but they are all good. After you have looped yourself around this area for a while, go north across Curry through tunnel or the crosswalk if you are afraid of the dark or don't like the smell of horse apples. Again, plenty of good trails with some moderately steep climbs/descents depending on which way you go. If you keep heading north you will eventually end up in an area cluttered with fun BMX style jumps and miscellaneous bike parts. Keep heading north across street and along a cement path to the heart of Papago park. Again, keep going north to fence and hang a left and go west across Mill. Now you're in the area described by Cosmic Ray. Do a few loops in here and head back to the lot and about 10 miles will have gone by.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hawes(Red Mountain), Pemberton race loops.



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Review Date
August 21, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Ryan (the one who posted it) , from Chandler, AZ

Summary:
This is a great trail for packs of riders (lots of area to roam) I wouldn't recomend bringing beginners here. They might hate the sport forever. This is the only close ride for student of ASU. Thus far I've only had to worry about 2 horse I've seen, out of all of my rides. You really need to talk to me about riding this.. it's a very nice trail if you aren't looking to kill yourself. If you're planning on riding this, please mail me. It would be my privilage to show you around this system.

Recommended Route:
I'd have to show you. This is not the way Cosmic Ray told you.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Corona Loma (National to Desert Classic)



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